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Untold Tales of the Hasidim
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Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award (2009)

This fascinating volume reveals some of the dark, dramatic episodes concealed in the folds of the hasidic cloak—shocking events and anomalous figures in the history of Hasidism. Using tools of detection, Assaf extracts historical truth from a variety of sources by examining how the same events are treated in different memory traditions, whether hasidic, maskilic, or modern historical, and tells the stories of individuals from the hasidic elites who found themselves unable to walk the trodden path. By placing these episodes and individuals under his historical lens, Assaf offers a more nuanced historical portrayal of Hasidism in the nineteenth-century context.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. c-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. iii-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface to the English-language Edition
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Translator’s Note
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xix-xxiv
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  1. 1 | “Lies My Teacher Told Me”: Hasidic History as a Battlefield
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. 2 | Apostate or Saint?: In the Footsteps of Moshe, the Sonof Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Lyady
  2. pp. 29-96
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  1. 3 | One Event, Multiple Interpretations: The Fall of the Seer of Lublin
  2. pp. 97-119
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  1. 4 | “Happy Are the Persecuted”: The Opposition to Bratslav Hasidism
  2. pp. 120-153
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  1. 5 | “Excitement of the Soul”: The World of Rabbi Akiva Shalom Chajes of Tulchin
  2. pp. 154-174
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  1. 6 | “How Times Have Changed”: The World of Rabbi Menahem Nahum Friedman of Itscan
  2. pp. 175-205
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  1. 7 | “Confession of My Tortured, Afflicted Soul: ”The World of Rabbi Yitshak Nahum Twersky of Shpikov
  2. pp. 206-236
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 237-310
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 311-324
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 325-336
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