About the Author(s)
Marcin Wodzinski is Professor of Jewish History and Literature at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. His special fields of interest are Jewish material culture and the social history of Jews in nineteenth-century Eastern Europe, especially the history of Hasidism and Haskalah. His books include: Hebrew Inscriptions in Silesia 13th-18th c. (Pol., 1996), Haskalah and Hasidism (2005), Hasidism and Politics (2013), and Historical Atlas of Hasidism (2018).
"This is an excellent and comprehensive teaching tool for Jewish studies and religion programs ... Highly recommended." -- S. T. Katz, CHOICE
"In Key Questions, Wodzinski presents us with a highly reflective and methodical application of the tools of social history to Hasidism, primarily in its "golden era" of the 19th century" -- Zvi Leshem, Tradition
"Wodzinski asks seven questions that challenge the conventional images and notions of what Hasidism is. Drawing on a fresh behavioral perspective, an unprecedented range of sources, and established quantitative and social science methods, he fractures the 'founding stereotypes' of Hasidic scholarship, creating a whole new framework for understanding this legendary and influential religious movement."--Moshe Rosman, Bar Ilan University
"Marcin Wodzinski is one of the most incisive scholars of Hasidism, especially in the nineteenth century. His books on Hasidism and Haskalah and on Hasidism and Politics have become essential texts. This important new volume addresses some of the key questions about Hasidism in its golden age: its definition, the role of women, the figure of the tsaddik, the Hasidic economy, and more."--David Biale, lead author of Hasidism: A New History
"Marcin Wodzinski's book insightfully addresses a series of neglected topics in Hasidism, dealing with subjects that are more mundane, concrete, and at the same time central to the daily life of the various Hasidic denominations. Unlike the more conceptually-oriented approach, which prefers to focus on spiritual life, and the historical one, which is more oriented to major events that shaped Hasidism, this book offers a fresh approach to neglected aspects such as economics, the vicissitudes of history during WWI, and the self-identity of both men and women in Hasidism."--Moshe Idel, author of Hasidism: Between Ecstasy and Magic