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
THE ZADDIK AS A MIRACLE WORKER R Nahman of Bratslav
21
THE PLACE THAT WASNT R Yaakov Yosef of Polennoye
22
THE ZADDIKS DEVEKUT AND HIS PASTORAL DUTIES R Elimelekh
26
Toledot Yaakov Yosef to Yitro sec 6 s v umeshani
27
LOVING GOD MEANS READINESS TO SERVE HIM Besht
28
Likkutei Erzot Zaddik no 100
33
Likkutei Moharan I 121
34
Noam Elimelekh to Bo s v bo el paroh
39

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
Additional Notes
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
DEFINING NEFESH RUAH AND NESHAMAH R Zadok haKohen of Lublin
13
Likkutei Etzot Gaavah vaAnavah 165b no 17
13
Suffering in Love
13
THE ETERNITY OF ISRAEL R Zevi Elimelekh of Dinov
13
Tzafnat Paaneah p 49cd
13
THE ROLE OF THE ZADDIK IN REPENTANCE R Elimelekh of Lizhensk
13
NOTE TO THE READER XXXV
13
Introduction
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
Benei Yisaskhar Tishri gedolah teshuvah 519
20
133
44
Or haEmet p 4
45
Kedushat Shabbat no 5 p
49
THE JEWISH SOUL R Shneur Zalman of Liady
61
Emet vaZeddek Emunah no 150
92
Netiv Mitzvotekha p
95
Peri haAretz to Beshallah
114
Peri haAreiz to Beshallah
115
Likkutei Moharan I
123
THE SOURCE OF HIS LOVE
130
A Story
140
Emet vaZeddek Emunah no
150
CONSTANT DEVEKUT Besht
169
CHAPTER SIX WORSHIP SERVICE OF GOD
173
PRAYER AND TORAH R Nahman of Bratslav
189
THE EXTENT OF DEVEKUT Besht
200
Additional Notes
215
Pitgamin Kaddishin sub 5 Darkei Limmud
228
Sur meRa vaAseh Tov see Zevi Hirsh Eichenstein Turn Aside from Evil and
241
Defining the Zaddik
254
Benei Yisaskhar Tishri s v gedolah teshuvah 14
366
Reality or Illusion?
460
EVIL AND THE ULTIMATE GOOD R Nahman of Bratslav
466
EVIL AS A DISGUISE OF THE GOOD Besht
470
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