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Article

Hasidic Pilgrimage as a Cultural Performance: Case of Contemporary Ukraine

Judaica Ukrainica. 2014. No. 3. P. 60-80.
Alla Marchenko.

In this article, principal attention is paid to the study of the Hasidic pilgrimage in contemporary Ukraine using the examples of two settlements, Uman and Medzhybizh. Hasidic pilgrimages remain ambiguous: on one hand, they are still unknown to many social scientists due to the speciicity and closed nature of the Hasidic community; on the other hand, their scale has attracted attention in the media, which gives the opportunity to speculate about diferent aspects of the phenomenon. Thus, this research intends to shed light on the Hasidic pilgrimage through the lens of cultural sociology and the conception of “cultural performance” as the most suitable theoretical and methodological tools in the analysis of this issue.