One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of a strictly orthodox Jewish sect in Palestine in the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC which opposed Hellenizing influences on their faith and supported the Maccabean revolt.
- ‘The driver was Rabbi Ezriel Tauber, a middle-aged Hasid with long, black curly payot.’
- ‘The man with the pony tail in front of me, together with the Hassid with the long peyos to his left, shouted out the words: ‘Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth.’’
- ‘At the Western Wall 100,000 people arrived, with almost no notice - Chassidim in black frock coats and long side curls swayed and prayed and cried, side by side with young boys in torn jeans and ponytails and earrings.’
- ‘Jacques Derrida, an Algerian-born Jew, is reduced to completely comprehensible prose as he describes dancing with Hasidim in the Ultra-Orthodox community of Mea Sherim in Jerusalem.’
- ‘There were several thousand Hasidim present, singing and chanting and dancing around their Master, the late Rebbe Menahem Mendel Schneerson.’
2An adherent of Hasidism.
- ‘Agnon chose as his subject the declining Jewish life of the Hasidim (Jewish mystical sect founded in Poland in 1750) and later, when he migrated from Poland to Palestine in 1908, the life of the East European diaspora.’
- ‘Many of the 7,000-member Skver sect of Hasidim in New Square, 30 miles north of Manhattan, believe God has revealed himself in fish form.’
- ‘The Hasidim live in a world that is frozen, as if it were the Polish world of centuries past, and they believe they must absorb some of the suffering of the Jews of the past.’
- ‘This idea of ‘remnant theology’ does seem to be a plausible explanation for the way that faithful Jews, whether Hasidim, Essenes, Pharisees, Zealots, or rabbis, would have conceived of themselves.’
From Hebrew ḥāsīḏ ‘pious’.
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