Hasidism & Its Discontents
Traditionalists as well as modernists opposed Hasidism on social, theological and cultural grounds.
Furthermore, the Maskilim maintained, Hasidic life was governed by a superstitious belief in the supernatural powers of the Zaddik to change the naturalorder. Eventually, the Mitnaggedim made common cause with the Hasidim in opposition to the Haskalah, which was not slow to hurl similar accusations against the traditionalist Mitnaggedim.
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