Friday, 5 July 2013

Hassidei Ashkenaz, The "Other" Mystical School

«The leaders of the community of the Chassidei Ashkenaz movement were descended from the Kalonymos family of northern Italy, a family that had immigrated to Germany in the 10th century; and the Abun family of France, among others, according to the sacred books they wrote at the close of the 10th century. The movement was known for its strict, almost religious observance, asceticism, and its mystical doctrines. Some posit that its theology fits into the general canon of Jewish mysticism. It certainly parallels other Jewish mysticism; however in other ways it was very original. The extent of this community's effect and influence during Middle Age German Judaism has not been studied.

NB: ("Hassid" should not be mistaken for the Eastern European dynastic movement started by the Baal Shem Tov in the 18th century. »
Chassidei Ashkenaz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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