Who Will Lead Us?
The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America
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Revolving around the central figure of the rebbe, the book explores two dynasties with too few successors, two with too many successors, and one that believes their last rebbe continues to lead them even after his death. Samuel C. Heilman, recognized as a foremost expert on modern Jewish Orthodoxy, here provides outsiders with the essential guide to continuity in the Hasidic world.
Praise For Who Will Lead Us?: The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America…
"Riveting. . . . A great read!"
"An invaluable addition to the ranks of objective studies of a Jewish movement that continues to flourish in the U.S. even as more modern denominations decline."
— Publishers Weekly
“Heilman has drawn on many sources which he presents to us for the first time. He writes like a novelist thus making this a book that is hard to put down.”
— Reviews by Amos Lassen
"Anyone interested in Jewish history mixed with a bit of palace intrigue will enjoy this book.”
— Jewish Book Council
"Engrossing . . . . Required reading for anyone interested in the contemporary hasidic world."
"An in-depth analysis of how a very particular part of the Jewish world confronts modernity, post-Holocaust society, the modern nation-state of Israel, and a flourishing American Jewish community."
"Who Will Lead Us? includes many great stories, all of them sharply and engagingly told. Heilman’s account of the fight over the leadership of the Bobovers (resolved after years of infighting by the New York State Supreme Court) is worth the price of the hard cover volume alone."
— Jewish Review of Books
"Once again, students of Judaism and religious traditionalism are indebted to Heilman for his brilliant and insightful work."
— Contemporary Jewry
"Anyone interested in Jewish history mixed with a bit of palace intrigue will enjoy this book."
— Jewish Book Review
“...Heilman’s wellspring of facts and tidbits conveys empathy and sympathy to the old/new Hasidic yore on the American shore bounded by memory, defined by family genetics, and guided by a religion of law. . . . This is a well-researched tome.”
— Reading Religion
"Fascinating. . . . This book is worthwhile for insights into these insular societies; societies that many may find inspiring."
— Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews
University of California Press, 9780520308404, 336pp.
Publication Date: July 2, 2019