Worse things have happened to the Jewish people

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.

7 Responses to Worse things have happened to the Jewish people

  1. BZ March 18, 2009 at 4:23 pm #

    Well, I’m a Neo-Litvak.

    Word. Looks like no one has registered neomisnaged.org .

  2. getzel March 18, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

    mobius is a neo-polish chassid, just like me.

  3. David A.M. Wilensky March 19, 2009 at 8:10 am #

    Whatever he really is, I thought it was a funny comment.

  4. ASB is AOK March 20, 2009 at 8:03 am #


  5. ML March 21, 2009 at 11:29 pm #

    Don’t forget neo-karaite

  6. invisible_hand March 23, 2009 at 7:54 am #

    the problem is that nadler unabashedly holds by scholem’s outdated thesis on the emergence of hasidism, namely that it was largely due to the fallout from the Sabbatean movement, even though all contemporary scholarship on hasidic history has discredited it. Check out Moshe Rosman’s review of Nadler’s FAITH OF THE MITHNAGDIM

  7. David A.M. Wilensky March 23, 2009 at 9:59 am #

    invisivle_hand, in all honesty, I probably won’t check that out because it’s not a topic I really care too much about. But I do enjoy anyone putting him in his place. We have an friendly, if adversarial relationship in class.