The Religious Thought of Hasidism: Text and Commentary

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KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 1999 - 711 pages
The Religious Thought of Hasidism: Text and Commentary offers a corrective to the prevailing impression of early Hasidism as incorrigibly and profoundly unitellectual. It presents annotated translations of selected passages arranged according to topic. Introductory sections provide an overview and a context for the material in each chapter, and a general introduction does the same for the volume as a whole. It sketches the historical background of the early hasidic movement, charts its central ideas in their intellectual and historical context--the wide range of Jewish religious and mystical thought. Unrivaled in its scope Religious Thought is a veritable encyclopedia of hasidic religious thought, covering all of the major topics and major hasidic thinkers of the first three generations, with occasional forays into later currents. It can be used as either a text or a supplement in courses in Jewish thought or theology, or even general courses in mystical thought or modern religious movements.

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Contents

PREFACE
xxix
FAITH BASED ON TRADITION NOT INVESTIGATION R Zevi Elimelekh
xxxi
CHAPTER FOUR LOVE AND FEAR
xxxix
GOD IS EVERYWHERE R Pinhas of Koretz
1
Benei Yisaskhar Adar 3 derush
2
THE MINIMUM FOR REPENTANCE R Zadok haKohen of Lublin
4
DEVEKUT AND YIỀUD CONTINUED R Dov Ber the Maggid of Mezeritch
5
The Importance of Study
6
Likkutei Erzot Zaddik no 100
33
Likkutei Moharan I 121
34
Benei Yisaskhar Tishri 411 no
36
Noam Elimelekh to Bo s v bo el paroh
39
133
44
Or haEmet p 4
45
THE JEWISH SOUL R Shneur Zalman of Liady
61
Likkutei Moharan I 645
64

Peri haAretz to Noah
7
BELIEVING IN CREATION AND IN INDIVIDUAL PROVIDENCE R Shneur
8
GOD IS IN ROME R Nahman of Bratslav
10
Liady
13
Derekh Mitzvotekha Mitzvat Tzitzit pp 146
13
Ben Porat Yosef p 140
13
IN SOLITUDE R Nahman of Bratslav
13
Liady
13
The Descent of the Zaddik
13
THE MANY GATEWAYS TO REPENTANCE R Gedaliah of Linitz
13
FEAR OF EVIL ITSELF R Menahem Mendel of Vitebsk
13
HUMILITY AND SADNESS R Elimelekh of Lizhensk
13
LOVE AND HUMILITY R Zevi Hirsch of Zhidachov
13
Likkutei Etzot Gaavah vaAnavah 165b no 17
13
Suffering in Love
13
THE ETERNITY OF ISRAEL R Zevi Elimelekh of Dinov
13
Maggid Devarav leYaakov no 1
13
LISHMAH AND SHELO LISHMAH R Elimelekh of Lizhensk
13
Zidkat haZaddik no 167
13
GOD IS EVERYWHERE R Pinhas of Koretz
13
SIMPLE FAITH IS MANDATORY FOR JEWS R Zevi Elimelekh of Dinov
14
GODS GARMENTS R Pinhas of Koretz
15
THE DESCENT OF GOD AND THE ASCENT OF MAN R
16
THE UNREALITY OF DEATH R Zadok haKohen of Lublin
18
THE SONG OF THE ZADDIK R Nahman of Bratslav
20
THE ZADDIK AS A MIRACLE WORKER R Nahman of Bratslav
21
Ber the Maggid of Mezeritch
22
Tanya Likkutei Amarim chap 43
24
Midrash Pinhas p 105 no
26
Toledot Yaakov Yosef to Yitro sec 6 s v umeshani
27
LOVING GOD MEANS READINESS TO SERVE HIM Besht
28
Toledot Yaakov Yosef to Shelah 4
29
Emet vaZeddek Emunah no 150
92
Netiv Mitzvotekha p
95
Likkutei Etzot Bitaḥon 4
97
CHAPTER FIVE DEVEKUT
99
THE SOURCE OF LOVE AND FEAR R Shneur Zalman of Liady
104
LOVE LEADS TO FEAR R Elimelekh of Lizhensk
111
R Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl
115
Likkutei Moharan I
123
Sur meRa vaAseh Tov see Zevi Hirsh Eichenstein Turn Aside from Evil and
134
A Story
140
Emet vaZeddek Emunah no
150
CONSTANT DEVEKUT Besht
169
Lishmah and Devekut
171
PURE MOTIVES Besht
178
PRAYER OUT OF LOVE AND OUT OF AFFLICTION R Yaakov Yosef
191
THE EXTENT OF DEVEKUT Besht
200
Zhitomir
228
DEVEKUT DURING TORAH STUDY Besht
243
CHAPTER EIGHT THE ZADDIK
251
Polennoye
298
Likkutei Etzot Teshuvah
368
Additional Notes
370
Introduction
371
CHAPTER TWO THE SOUL
376
Defining the Zaddik
380
Introduction
441
Reality or Illusion?
460
A LOWER LEVEL OF THE GOOD Besht
470
CHAPTER THREE FAITH
474
Introduction
513
FAITH AND KNOWLEDGE R Yaakov Yosef of Polennoye
521
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