Ada Rapoport-Albert, "The 20th-Century Emergence of Modern Habad-Lubavitch Hasidism"

Gerstein Lecture Series 

The Habad movement - one of the oldest schools of Hasidism - was forced to 'reinvent' itself when, in response to persecution  by the Soviet regime in the 1920s, its leadership went on exile, leaving the bulk of its  large traditional  following behind.  As a result, the last two Habad leaders, each in turn - first  in inter-war Poland and then in the United States - were faced with the challenge of transplanting the movement and replenishing its drastically depleted ranks, while operating in an environment that was totally alien to their native tradition. For the first time in its history, this hasidic school, which had  thrived in 'splendid isolation' during the 19th century, when its large sphere of influence stretched over the north-eastern provinces of the Pale of Settlement and beyond, was now having to contend with rival hasidic groups, as well as with the growing threat of secularism. The strategies it adopted for confronting these challenges came to determine virtually every one of contemporary Habad's controversial hallmarks.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Limited seating. 

Date & Time
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 4:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street