Definition of Chassidim
1. Noun. A sect of Orthodox Jews that arose out of a pietistic movement originating in eastern Europe in the second half of the 18th century; a sect that follows the Mosaic law strictly.
Generic synonyms: Jewish Orthodoxy, Orthodox Judaism
Member holonyms: Chasid, Chassid, Hasid, Hassid
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Literary usage of Chassidim
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The New Era (1873)
"For instance, the chassidim not only do not partake of meat, but they eat nothing whatever that is produced by a living creature, as eggs, butter, honey, ..."
2. Chapters on Jewish Literature, by Israel Abrahams by Israel Abrahams, The Jewish publication society of America (1899)
"Isaac Lurya.—Isaiah Hurwitz.- Christian Kabbalists.—The chassidim. MYSTICISM is the name given to the belief in direct, intuitive communion with God. ..."
3. History of the Jews by Heinrich Graetz, Philipp Bloch (1895)
"... his Arrogance and Deceptions—The Devotional Methods of the chassidim—Their Liturgy—Dissolution of the Synods " of the Four Countries "—Cossack Massacres ..."
4. History of the Jews by Heinrich Graetz, Philipp Bloch (1895)
"... Devotional Methods of the chassidim—Their Liturgy—Dissolution of the Synods " of the Four Countries "—Cossack Massacres in Poland —Elijah Wilna, ..."
5. The First Three Gospels: Their Origin and Relations by Joseph Estlin Carpenter (1890)
"... founder of the remarkable community among the modern Jews known as the ' chassidim' (or the ' Pious'). They are now spread through Wallachia, Roumania, ..."
6. Studies in Judaism: First Series by Solomon Schechter (1896)
"The Hebrew word "chassidim"2 merely means "the Pious," and appears to have been complacently adopted by the early apostles of the sect. ..."
7. Hebraic Literature: Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala by Maurice Henry Harris (1901)
"In the synagogues of the chassidim, jumping is preferred to lifting up the heels. It is written (Ps. cii. 17), "He will regard the prayer of the destitute," ..."