“In this new collection of articles edited by Fred Berk the reader catches a glimpse into the exotic world of chasidic dance, a truly authentic dance style of the Jewish people. Distinguished Hebrew writer Haim Leaf provides an account of the almost miraculous rise of Chasidism in Poland when the Baal Shem Tov, eighteenth century mystic who believed one must serve God with gladness and ecstasy of spirit, first introduced spontaneous story, dance, and song into religious worship—and with it a renaissance of joy and hope in the lives of millions of Jews.
Each article illuminates some facet of Chasidism and its dances: there is an article on a chasidic wedding by Lois Bar Yaacov, on wedding dances by Marsha Seid, on the dance of the Chasidim by Jill Gellerman, on chasidic dances ‘at the festivities of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in Meron’ by Zvi Friedhaber, and on chasidic dance in the Jewish theater, by Lillian Shapero. Finally, Master Teacher Berk provides the reader with step-by-step instructions for ten chasidic dances in the Israeli style.” (from the back copy)
- Title: The Chasidic Dance
- Author: Fred Berk
- Publisher: American Zionist Youth Foundation
- Place: USA
- Year: 1975
- Length: 64pp
- Dimensions: 6” x 9” x 0.25”
- Condition: The orchid purple cover has some general wear and a small amount of warping. The pages are clean and complete. There are no folds, tears, or extraneous marks.