Chaim Elly Moseson is a Post-B.A. Ph.D. student in the Texts and Traditions track at the Graduate Division of Religious Studies. Elly was raised in a Hasidic community in New York and received a traditional religious education at Yeshivas in both New York and Jerusalem. He received a B.A. (magna cum laude) in English Literature with a Minor in Philosophy from Columbia University in 2010. Elly’s dissertation research will focus on the transmission, transcription and publication of the teachings of Israel Baal Shem Tov, traditionally viewed as the founder of Hasidism, and the impact they had on the emerging Hasidic movement in 18th century Eastern Europe.