Hasidic Judaism (also spelled Chasidic) is an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish religious movement. It was founded by Israel ben Eliezer (1700-1760), also known as the Baal Shem Tov, or the Besht. Hasidic Judaism was formed in a time of persecution of the Jewish people, and in a time when European Jews had turned inward to Talmud study; many Jews at this time felt that most expressions of Jewish life had become too academic, and that they no longer had any emphasis on spirituality or joy. The Ba'al Shem Tov set out to change this.
2 -[Hassidism : Prelude to the Hasidic movement]
3 -[Hassidism : Fundamental conceptions]
4 -[Hassidism : The spread of Hasidism]
5 -[Hassidism : Hasidim versus non-Hasidim]