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Gallery 6: On the Jewish Street, 1918–1939

The wedding of the daughter of the Bobover tsadikTsadik(Yiddish: rebe)Tsadik, literally “righteous person,” refers to a charismatic leader associated with Hasidism. Tsadikim are considered by their followers to be intermediaries between God and His people.  in March 1931 was such a spectacular event that Światowid, the Polish photographic agency, sent Ze’ev Aleksandrowicz to photograph it. Thousands of HasidimHasidisma movement of spiritual renewal that began in the 18th century in Podolia. Israel ben Eliezer, known as Ba’al Shem Tov (Besht), is considered the founder. The movement is organized around charismatic leaders tsadikim and is based on a religious ethos rooted in mystical experience, with an emphasis on ecstatic worship, song, and dance. from far and wide flocked to Bobowa to attend the wedding. They were welcomed by Hasidim on horseback in costume. “It is our custom to dress up as Cossacks, Cracovians, uhlans, and hussars to bring joy to the wedding, just like on Purim,” they told a reporter from Nowy Dziennik. Joyful processions, accompanied by music, made their way to the ḥupah, the wedding canopy, where the marriage ceremony took place. Photoreportage of this event appeared in the Polish and YiddishYiddishthe historic Jewish vernacular of Ashkenazi Jews, a fusion of German dialects, Hebrew and Aramaic, and Judeo-Romance and Slavic languages. The beginnings of Yiddish are in the Rhineland in the Middle Ages. About 13 million people spoke Yiddish before the Second World War. press in Poland and New York.