Hasidism

Hasidism

Hasidism

Hasidism

Excerpt

This book has arisen out of work stretching over a period of more than forty years.

More than forty years ago I began to become acquainted with the writings of a great religious movement, Hasidism, of which as a boy through half-degenerate offshoots I had obtained a fleeting impression without realising what it meant, or what it might one day mean for my own way of life. Since then I have been striving towards an understanding of its truth, towards an understanding of that within it which has disclosed itself to me as truth. In this book the essential features of the results of this work are shown. I consider Hasidic truth vitally important for Jews, Christians, and others, and at this particular hour more important than ever before. For now is the hour, when we are in danger of forgetting for what purpose we are on earth, and I know of no other teaching that reminds us of this so forcibly.

Hasidism has never set foot in the world of man as Christianity has done. Because of its truth, and because of the need of the hour, I carry it into the world against its will.

The chapters "Spinoza, Sabbatai Zevi and the Baalshem," "Spirit and Body of the Hasidic Movement," and "Symbolical and Sacramental Existence in Judaism" were first published in German, the rest in Hebrew.

Jerusalem MARTIN BUBER.

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