Orthodoxy and Chassidut

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What are the differences between Orthodox Judaism and Chasidic Judaism?

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  1. All Chassidim are Orthodox Jews, but not all Orthodox Jews are Chassidim. Chassidut was established by the Baal Shem Tov (lit. “Owner of a Good Name or Reputation) in the early seventeen hundreds. Its main tenet was that one did not have to be an accomplished Torah scholar to be considered a true “servant of God.” The concept caught on and became very popular among the semi-literate Jews of Eastern Europe. As the movement grew, the Baal Shem Tov sent out his closest disciples to set up communities throughout Eastern Europe. In that way, each Rabbi became the leader of Chassidim in a particular city or town, and, as a rule, the Chassidim called themselves after the place that they came from.

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