U5 Minumum 250 word discussion
August 20, 2020
Activity: Integrating Sources (GRADED)
August 20, 2020

From the following terms, choose two: Orthodox Judaism, Hassidic Judaism, Reform Judaism, and Conservative Judaism. Briefly define these two terms, then explain their relationship to one another. How are they similar, and how are they different? What lead to their development?

Orthodox Judaism developed after Reform Judaism stemmed from different Jewish subcultures. As different cultures of Judaism grew, Orthodox Judaism religious structure defines traditional values amongst a variety of social and political views (Molloy, 2013, p.322). Keeping traditional routines and practices were important to Hasidic communities. Hasidic Judaism was formed to embrace the traditional devotion of Judaism. Orthodox and Hasidism Judaism are related through their focuses on traditional religious beliefs. They both define tradition and devotion which inspires a person to appreciate the beauty of living every day. Hasidic belief is that God is all around and recognizing the presence allows growth and connection (Molloy, 2013, p.309).

Living by Jewish moral values includes: believing in God is the creator of the universe, believing words from prophets, God gave law to Moses, Messiah will be sent by God one day, and believe that there will be a resurrection in the world. Just as other religions have evolved in belief and practice, Judaism also has religious nuances specific to the geographic location and era. Diversity grows in religion at times and culture change. The orthodox tradition continues to be taught and followed within the subcultures of Judaism religion. Hasidic Judaism is one of the subcultures that identify with traditional Jewish religion told through folk tales, song, and “cultural anthropology” (Wodziński, 2017). Rituals are religious practices that carry on through evolution and have value in showing how religions progress through time, location, and culture. Hasidic Judaism differs from Orthodox Judaism because it is referred to as “blind obedience” to the Judaic culture. There were stories about enthusiastic Hasidic followers. On the other hand, Orthodox followers were very structured and followed the traditional Jewish religion. Overall, Hasidic Judaism blends old and new Jewish practices with obediently following their Jewish leader. Hasidic Judaism reminds me of a form of religion with elements of cult practices.


Molloy, M. (2013). Experiencing the world’s religions (6th ed.). New York City, NY: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Retrieved from https://online.vitalsource.com/#/books/126039672X/epubcfi/6/36[;vnd.vst.idref=chapter08]!/4/112/10@0:66.9 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

WodziÅ„ski, M. (2017). Towards a new definition of hasidism. Studia Judaica, 20(2), 307–332. https://doi-org.chamberlainuniversity.idm.oclc.org…


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