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Who Will Lead Us? – The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America - California Scholarship Online
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Who Will Lead Us?: The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America

Samuel C. Heilman


This is an account of five contemporary Hasidic dynasties and their complex process of succession. Two dynasties – Munkács and Boyan – describe a situation with too few successors, two – Bobov and Satmar – with too many, and one – Lubavitch – where the Hasidim deny a need for a successor at all claiming their last leader never really died. Each of these stories offers a narrative of continuity, of transformation in a group at once mysterious and yet transparent that seeks permanence in a modern world seemingly inimical to it. These are stories of the making and unmaking of men, a search for ch ... More

Keywords: Hasidim, Dynasties, Succession, Rebbe, Charisma, Conflict, Bobov, Satmar, Lubavitch, Boyan, Munkács, Messiah

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520277236
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520277236.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel C. Heilman, author
Queens College, CUNY

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