This chapter poses a question on the now-popular image of women’s participation and their prominent role in the Hasidic movement. First, it argues that the exceptional cases of female Hasidic leaders, so popular in the academic writing on the subject, are not representative of the broader Hasidic world. Instead, the chapter offers an analysis of the possible forms of association with Hasidism among the wives, daughters, and mothers of rank-and-file Hasidim in the constitutive, identity-forming spaces and activities of the Hasidic community, especially prayer houses and pilgrimages. It strongly demonstrates the women were institutionally excluded from Hasidism and very often distanced themselves. This reopens the question of the possible forms of women’s association with Hasidism other than institutional participation.
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