The Origin and Meaning of Hasidism

The Origin and Meaning of Hasidism

The Origin and Meaning of Hasidism

The Origin and Meaning of Hasidism

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In The Origin and Meaning of Hasidism Martin Buber completes his great lifework of the re-creation and interpretation of Hasidism, the popular communal mysticism that arose and flourished among the Jews of Eastern Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. One of the greatest contemporary philosophers and a revolutionary influence on contemporary theology, Martin Buber has shown once again in this volume that the God of the Bible and of Hasidism is the loving God whose love includes the demand that man make real his humanity through bringing every aspect of his life into his relation to God.

Professor Buber's work is less concerned with defining theoretical concepts than with pointing to an image of man, a way of life. "He who expects of me a teaching other than a pointing of this character will always be disappointed," writes Buber. Nowhere is this "pointing" clearer than in his fifty-five-year work of re-creating the tales and teachings of the Hasidim. The theoretical doctrines of Hasidism are only a commentary on . . .

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