- a member of a sect founded in Poland in the 18th century by Baal Shem-Tov and characterized by its emphasis on mysticism, prayer, ritual strictness, religious zeal, and joy.Compare Mitnagged.
- an Assidean.
Origin of Hasid
Examples from the Web for hasidim
In a matter of minutes, all the Hasidim and peasants were dancing furiously with one another.How To Take Purim Seriously
February 21, 2013
While Hasidim take care of their own, they also get taxpayers to take care of them.Welfare Reform? Not For The Orthodox
June 13, 2012
Today, the biggest problem for the Hasidim is a bunch of “trustafarian” poseurs on bicycles.
But what of the “religious hazard” of which the Hasidim speak?
Tunku Varadarajan weighs the arguments of the “trustafarian” poseurs on bicycles and the arguably overdressed Hasidim.
Now it was the turn of the Hasidim to retaliate on their persecutors.
In many towns of Lithuania the Hasidim became the object of persecution.
The ill success of the "Hasidim" failed to check the spread of sectarianism in Poland.
The most characteristic trait of the Hasidim, however, was their boundless veneration of the "holy" Tzaddiks.
The opponents of the Hasidim called themselves Mithnagdim, "Protestants," and persecuted them everywhere as dangerous schismatics.
Word Origin and History for hasidim
also Chasidim, 1812, adherents of a conservative Jewish religious movement founded 1750 by Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer Baal Shem Tobh, from Hebrew hasidhim, literally "pious ones," plural of hasidh "kind, pious." Earlier used in Hebrew of adherents of an anti-Hellenistic faction during the time of the Maccabean Wars.