Jewish Law in the Beit Midrash of Hasidism

Diné Israel 34 (2020), 51-110

60 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2021

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Levi Cooper

Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

Hasidism is often cast in shades of antinomianism or anomianism, suggesting that hasidic masters and their disciples either flouted Jewish law or ignored it. I argue for a recalibration of this dominant narrative. My argument is rooted in the reality that – contrary to the widespread assumption – hasidic masters from the earliest days of the movement were embedded in the world of halakha and active in the legal realm. This aspect of Hasidism has yet to be fully explored. The legal literature from the beit midrash of Hasidism suggests new vistas for research in both fields: Jewish law and Hasidism.

Keywords: Jewish Law, Hasidism, Law and Religion, legal literature, legal history, jurisprudence

Suggested Citation

Cooper, Levi, Jewish Law in the Beit Midrash of Hasidism (2020). Diné Israel 34 (2020), 51-110, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3768579

Levi Cooper (Contact Author)

Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law ( email )

Ramat Aviv
Tel Aviv, 69978
Israel

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