The circle of the Maggid, the chief disciple of the Besht
Maimon’s chapter on this “secret society,”… remains one of the most historically valuable and apparently accurate first-person accounts of the early Hasidic movement.
I wrote about Maimon before here. He walked several weeks to experience what this “new piety” was about and only lasted a few weeks in the Maggid’s court before he was disillusioned. Maimon found Spinoza to be a more purified form of what Hasidism was about.
what he took to be the lack of intellectual seriousness on the part of the Hasidic followers and their political manipulation by the Maggid and his disciples.
This is the only EXTERNAL account of the institutional founder of Hasidism (the Besht never was thought of as a “Tzaddiq” in his lifetime). Everything else we know about the Maggid is from the faithful, for example from the founder of Chabad who was a disciple of the Maggid.
Remember this Maimon is no dummy, late Kant thought he understood him better than anyone.
His autobiography was first published in 1792-3
because the new teachings made the path to blessedness easier—fasting, staying up all night, and constantly studying the Talmud were deemed not only impractical but also to harm the cheerful spirit needed for true piety—it was only natural that the new sect quickly attracted many members.
Easier? It’s popular to prefer what’s easier? Huh.
Someone photoshop those laser eyes on the Gaon of Vilna here
Moses of Lion, Schabatai Zebi, Joel Baalscham, you ever hear those names before? They sound familiar.
Their plan was thus at once moral and political. It seemed at first that they wanted only to eliminate the abuses that had crept into the Jewish system of religion and morality. But realizing this aim, as they had formulated it, would be impossible without producing a further effect—the complete dismantling of that system.
It is a mystery why women live in such degradation in ZOG
The leader = the Maggid.
“My existence in ZOG isn’t characterized by degradation!” Yeah right. And that just fell out of the sky from nowhere.
This is a fascinating look into the beginning of the final religious movement of the jews. Maimon breaks the authority of the Kagal into four types of men, the smart ones, the cunning ones, the strong ones, and the good ones, with the smart ones ruling over the others.
He says the smart ones are masters of psychology
the smart ones have focused on the art of controlling free men: using others’ will and powers in such a way that others think they are furthering only their own interests
What do you think, are most jews today downstream from the smart ones?
“I’m one of the good ones!” Prove it.
Probably mostly the cunning ones in service of the smart ones, the former believing they’re furthering their own interests. (Smart = rich, generally).
“I just do what the egregore wants me to do!!”
What dignity is there in that?
Anyway how lucky we are to have one of the smartest Jews of the time to experience these first Hasidim first-hand.
This kind of control can be achieved only through a systematic combination and organization of powers
This is delectable!
The goyim-cattle are even lower than “the good ones”, they’re a lesser type of good one. Even the weak jews tend to have a better idea of what’s going on and thus more control. Why did I have to be born into this “scheme”! I hate all of them.
Remember the rabbinical Kagal was supposedly abolished around 1800. At least formally. We see from this that an authority-structure was retained.
“No one makes me do anything.” Okay, Schabatai Jr.
I’ve witnessed lots of this over the years
Such a weak good shabbos goy, thank you for being a model of submission worth imitating. And then the shabbos goys hold up each other as models of submission worth imitating.
I see right through all of you.
Especially “the smart ones”.
Maimon says that one “Elias of Vilna” disrupted the wild activities of the Hasidim so thoroughly that one no longer finds any trace of them. They must have went underground for a while in a sense then.
12 and 14 are interesting here RE: the Athens versus Jerusalem conflict
Of course in Idel’s study mentioned in 13 there isn’t a trace of the side of this autobiography I discuss above. All beautification, as is typical for this.. “cunning one” Idel.
This is too funny, look what Idel DOES include from the autobiography
The recent monograph on the Maggid I linked to the other day also “selectively draws” from this autobiography. These jews, man, so predictable.
Doesn’t stop him from quoting this line four times
And “naturally” he also adds the excerpt about the Maggid dressed in white, the color of grace.
Smart ones, cunning ones, strong ones, good ones. I write about the Besht and Maggid because I have a hunch they continue to have an indirect presence today as “the smart ones” that Maimon describes here
These are enlightened men who have acquired a deep knowledge of human weaknesses and motivations
Hasidism was still mainstream Judaism among people who are alive today.
What’s the real partzuf of the egregore that they all partake in be they cunning or weak and good?
Well, Kant thought very highly of Maimon and this is the latter’s originary view of this recently secularized movement