Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9781684580170 Will Publish July 2020
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9781684580163 Will Publish July 2020
An e-book edition will be published.

Hasidism

Writings on Devotion, Community, and Life in the Modern World

Edited by Ariel Evan Mayse and Sam Berrin Shonkoff

Hasidism

Edited by Ariel Evan Mayse and Sam Berrin Shonkoff

Distributed for Brandeis University Press

275 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9781684580170 Will Publish July 2020
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9781684580163 Will Publish July 2020
E-book $24.99 ISBN: 9781684580187 Will Publish July 2020
Hasidism has attracted, repelled, and bewildered philosophers, historians, and theologians since its inception in the eighteenth century. In Hasidism: Writings on Devotion, Community, and Life in the Modern World, Ariel Evan Mayse and Sam Berrin Shonkoff present students and scholars with a vibrant and polyphonic set of Hasidic confrontations with the modern world. In this collection, they show that the modern Hasid marks not only another example of a Jewish pietist, but someone who is committed to an ethos of seeking wisdom, joy, and intimacy with the divine.

While this volume focuses on Hasidism, it wrestles with a core set of questions that permeate modern Jewish thought and religious thought more generally: What is the relationship between God and the world? What is the relationship between God and the human being? But Hasidic thought is cast with mystical, psychological, and even magical accents, and offers radically different answers to core issues of modern concern. The editors draw selections from an  array of genres including women’s supplications; sermons and homilies; personal diaries and memoirs; correspondence; stories; polemics; legal codes; and rabbinic response. These selections consciously move between everyday lived experience and the most ineffable mystical secrets, reflecting the multidimensional nature of this unusual religious and social movement. The editors include canonical texts from the first generation of Hasidic leaders up through present-day ultra-orthodox, as well as neo-Hasidic voices and, in so doing, demonstrate the unfolding of a rich and complex phenomenon that continues to evolve today.
Contents
Table of Contents Introduction Part I: Emergence, Challenge and Renewal (1740-1815) Introduction The Ba‘al Shem Tov: Disciples and Descendants Yiddish Supplications (Tkhines) Dov Ber of Mezritsh The Brody Proclamation of 1772 The Maggid’s Family Chernobil and Zhitomir Shmuel and Pinhas Horowitz, Levi Yitshak of Barditshev, and Uziel Meizels Hasidism in Lithuania, White Russia and Tiberias Nahman of Bratslav Beyond the Maggid’s Circle Early Hasidism in Poland Part II: Ascendancy and Dominance (1815-1881) Introduction Avraham Yehoshu‘a Heshel of Apt The Dynasties of Ruzhin and Talna Menahem Mendel Schneersohn Kalonymous Kalman Epstein of Krakow Hayim Halberstam and Sandz Hasidism Malka Rokeah of Belz and Eydel Rubin of Brody The Dynasties of Dinov, Zhidachov and Komarno The Dynasties of Pshiskhe: Kotsk, Izhbits, Warka and Ger Part III: Decline, Renaissance, and Destruction (1881-1945) Introduction Ger in Warsaw: Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter Sokhachev and Ger Tsadok ha-Kohen of Lublin Munkatsh Hasidism Toledot Aharon Sholom Dov Ber Schneersohn The Hasidic Yeshivah Sarah Schenirer Three Hasidic Memoirs: Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn, Yitshak Nahum Twersky and Malka Shapiro The Belzer Rebbe’s Sermon The Rebbe of Piaseczno Part IV: Renewal and Reconstruction (1945–present) Introduction Hasidic Theology and the Holocaust Zionist Hasidism Satmar Hasidism The Seventh Rebbe of Habad Zelda Schneurson Mishkovsky Slonim Hasidism in Jerusalem Ruth Lichtenstein and Feige Twerski
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