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Chassidus – The Crown Jewel

Why were chasidic teachings widely revealed only in later generations?

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Chassidus – The Crown Jewel: Why were chasidic teachings widely revealed only in later generations?

The mystical secrets of Torah were always studied by the Jewish people, but during most of Jewish history they were guarded and only accessible to a scholarly elite. In later generations these teachings were disseminated to a wider extent, but even then, they were only comprehensible to the initiated; the spiritual illumination of these teachings reached the outside world through those who studied them.
Kabbalah & Chassidism, Elul 18, Chassidism, Lubavitcher Rebbe, Jewish History, R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi (Alter Rebbe)
The life, teachings and works of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chabad.