As the church canonizes 2 saints: A look at Jewish version, the Hasidim
What makes a man a hasid? The sources differ, but the common theme is being more pious than is strictly necessary.
As the Catholic Church canonizes a pair of new saints today, it is a good time to consider the Jewish equivalent of saints – the hasidim, as they were called. In contrast to Christian beliefs, no miracles are attributed to them or to their remains. But they too were held in high esteem and their lives were seen as exemplary and worthy of imitation.
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