Professor Alan Nadler, in class yesterday:
Of course, false messianism and figures like Shabetai Tzvi led to all sorts of the catastrophes for the Jewish community. Such as Chasidism.
I just about died.
On a related note, an exchange from Limmud NY 2009:
Getzel Davis: I’m a Neo-Chasid.
Dan Sieradski: Well, I’m a Neo-Litvak.
In other news, for those wondering when I will post the third a final part of me exploration of Miskhan T’filah and Siddur Eit Ratzon, it’s coming. I promise. I’m just back at school and busy so it may be a while.