What is Hasidism in Judaism?

Hasidism is a sect within Orthodox Judaism that emphasizes fervent prayer, maintaining a deep connection with a grand rabbi, insularity, and strict adherence to Jewish law.

The sect was founded by the Baal Shem Tov in 18th century Poland. Today, Hasidic Jews primarily live in New York City, London, Antwerp, and all throughout Israel.

Hasidism is broken up into dozens of sects with differing beliefs and customs. Some of the major sects includes Chabad, Satmar, Toldos Aharon, Skver, and Belz.

Hasidic Jews generally wear long coats and large hats and don’t shave their beards or sidecurls. Each Hasidic sect wears slightly different clothing in order to differentiate themselves.

Hasidic family walking in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn

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