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The Legend of the Baal-Shem (Mythos)

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The Jewish philosopher Martin Buber spoke directly to the most profound human concerns in all his works, including his discussions of Hasidism, a mystical-religious movement founded in Eastern Europe by Israel ben Eliezer, called the Baal-Shem (the Master of God's Name). Living in the first part of the eighteenth century in Podolia and Wolhynia, the Baal-Shem braved scorn and rejection from the rabbinical establishment and attracted followers from among the common people, the poor, and the mystically inclined. Here Buber offers a sensitive and intuitive account of Hasidism, followed by twenty stories about the life of the Baal-Shem. This book is the earliest and one of the most delightful of Buber's seven volumes on Hasidism and can be read not only as a collection of myth but as a key to understanding the central theme of Buber's thought: the I-Thou, or dialogical, relationship.

"All positive religion rests on an enormous simplification of the manifold and wildly engulfing forces that invade us: it is the subduing of the fullness of existence. All myth, in contrast, is the expression of the fullness of existence, its image, its sign; it drinks incessantly from the gushing fountains of life."--Martin Buber, from the introduction

Synopsis:

The Jewish philosopher Martin Buber spoke directly to the most profound human concerns in all his works, including his discussions of Hasidism, a mystical-religious movement founded in Eastern Europe by Israel ben Eliezer, called the Baal-Shem (the Master of God's Name). Living in the first part of the eighteenth century in Podolia and Wolhynia, the Baal-Shem braved scorn and rejection from the rabbinical establishment and attracted followers from among the common people, the poor, and the mystically inclined. Here Buber offers a sensitive and intuitive account of Hasidism, followed by twenty stories about the life of the Baal-Shem. This book is the earliest and one of the most delightful of Buber's seven volumes on Hasidism and can be read not only as a collection of myth but as a key to understanding the central theme of Buber's thought: the I-Thou, or dialogical, relationship.

Synopsis:

"All positive religion rests on an enormous simplification of the manifold and wildly engulfing forces that invade us: it is the subduing of the fullness of existence. All myth, in contrast, is the expression of the fullness of existence, its image, its sign; it drinks incessantly from the gushing fountains of life."--Martin Buber, from the introduction

Table of Contents

FOREWORD 7

INTRODUCTION 9

The Life of the Hasidim 17

HITLAHAVUT: ECSTASY 17

AVODA: SERVICE 23

KAVANA: INTENTION 33

SHIFLUT: HUMILITY 41

The Werewolf 51

The Prince of Fire 56

The Revelation 62

The Martyrs and the Revenge 73

The Heavenly Journey 79

Jerusalem 82

Saul and David 87

The Prayer-Book 92

The Judgement 98

The Forgotten Story 107

The Soul Which Descended 121

The Psalm-Singer 131

The Disturbed Sabbath 139

The Conversion 149

The Return 161

From Strength to Strength 17,

The Threefold Laugh 179

The Language of the Birds 185

The Call 194

The Shepherd 202

GLOSSARY 209

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691043890
Translator:
Friedman, Maurice
Author:
Friedman, Maurice
Author:
Buber, Martin
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Judaism - Hasidism
Subject:
Hasidism
Subject:
Hasidim
Subject:
Tales, hasidic
Subject:
Ba'al Shem Tov
Subject:
Hasidim -- Legends.
Subject:
Judaism - Rituals & Practice
Subject:
Judaism - Beliefs Practices Rituals
Subject:
Mind, Body & Spirit
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Jewish studies
Subject:
Judaism-Rituals and Practice
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
April 1995
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 9 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The Jewish philosopher Martin Buber spoke directly to the most profound human concerns in all his works, including his discussions of Hasidism, a mystical-religious movement founded in Eastern Europe by Israel ben Eliezer, called the Baal-Shem (the Master of God's Name). Living in the first part of the eighteenth century in Podolia and Wolhynia, the Baal-Shem braved scorn and rejection from the rabbinical establishment and attracted followers from among the common people, the poor, and the mystically inclined. Here Buber offers a sensitive and intuitive account of Hasidism, followed by twenty stories about the life of the Baal-Shem. This book is the earliest and one of the most delightful of Buber's seven volumes on Hasidism and can be read not only as a collection of myth but as a key to understanding the central theme of Buber's thought: the I-Thou, or dialogical, relationship.
"Synopsis" by , "All positive religion rests on an enormous simplification of the manifold and wildly engulfing forces that invade us: it is the subduing of the fullness of existence. All myth, in contrast, is the expression of the fullness of existence, its image, its sign; it drinks incessantly from the gushing fountains of life."--Martin Buber, from the introduction
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