The Messianic Idea in JudaismThe Messianic Idea in Judaism
Gershom Scholem
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These major essays of historical synthesis provide a probing and challenging overview of jewish history still pertinent to contemporary concerns.

The topics covered in this book are:

  • (1) Toward Understanding the Messianic Idea in Judaism
  • (2) The Messianic Idea in Kabbalism
  • (3) The Crisis of Tradition in Jewish Messianism
  • (4) Redemption Through Sin
  • (5) The Crypto-Jewish Sect of Donmeh (Sabbatians) in Turkey
  • (6) A Sabbatian Will from New York
  • (7) The Neutralization of the Messianic Element in Early Hasidism
  • (8) Devekut, or Communion with God
  • (9) Martin Buber's Interpretation of Hasidism
  • (10) The Tradition of Thirty-six Hidden Just Men
  • (11) The Star of David: History of a Symbol
  • (12) Revelation and Tradition as Religious Catergories in Judaism
  • (13) The Science of Judaism - Then and Now
  • (14) At the Completion of Buber's Translation of the Bible
  • (15) On the 1930 Edition of Rosenzweig's Star of Redemption
  • (16) The Politics of Mysticism: Isaac Breuer's New Kuzari
  • (17) The Golem of Prague and the Golem of Rehovot

    This book is a paperback, has 376 pages, and is published by Schocken Books of New York.
         


  • Honey From the Rock: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism (Anniversary Edition)Honey From the Rock: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism (Anniversary Edition)
    Lawrence Kushner
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    From the publisher: An insightful and absorbing introduction to the ten gates of Jewish mysticism and how it applies to daily life, now in a new, redesigned anniversary edition. Honey from the Rock's powerful message has had a profound effect on its readers since its original publication in the late 1970s. The book is recognized as a permanent classic of Jewish spirituality and mysticism. This new anniversary edition is personally designed by the author and includes a new preface from the publisher, noting the remarkable impact that Honey has had on the lives of its readers.
         


    Major Trends in Jewish MysticismMajor Trends in Jewish Mysticism
    Gershom Scholem
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    (PUBSchocken)Pathbreaking study dividing rabbinic ascent mysticism into Merkavah (divine chariot) and Hekhalot (celestial palaces) traditions, positing an especially strong flowering after the Jewish expulsion from Spain to the rise of eastern European Hasidim. 481 pages, softcover.
         

    Messianic MysticsMessianic Mystics
    Moshe Idel
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    Exploring the interplay of Jewish messianism and mysticism from the twelfth through the eighteenth centuries, a leading scholar of Jewish thought provides new perspectives in this controverisal book. Moshe Idel counters common views, showing the close relation of messianism and mysticism, the early messianic orientation of Kabbalah, and the resemblance of Jewish messianic and mystical experience to Christian messianism.
         

     
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    Zohar: Book of Enlightenment (Classics of Western Spirituality)Zohar: Book of Enlightenment (Classics of Western Spirituality)
    Zohar
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    Zohar - "the Book of Splendor, Balance, Enlightenment" - has fascinated readers from its first appearance in thirteenth-century Spain until today. It is the major text of Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. To assure the acceptance of his work within the Jewish community, a Spanish scholar named Moses de Leon claimed that Zohar was an ancient work of the school of the famous Rabbi Shim'on son of Yohai. It was not until our own century that critical scholarship demonstrated that the book's author was Moses de Leon himself. His mosaic of Scripture, Midrash, medieval homily, fiction and fantasy presents what Professor Daniel Matt describes as "a challenge to the normal workings of consciousness [that] dares one to examine one's assumptions about tradition, God, and self."
         

     
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    Tales of the HasidimTales of the Hasidim
    Martin Buber, Chaim Potok
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    This edition, bringing together Volumes One and Two of Buber's classic work, contains marvelous tales - terse, vigorous, often cryptic - of the Hasidic masters.
         

    Souls on Fire: Portraits and Legends of Hasidic MastersSouls on Fire: Portraits and Legends of Hasidic Masters
    Elie Wiesel
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    Souls on Fire written by Elie Wiesel winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, documents the tales, legends, and portraits of the Hasidic Masters such a Baal Shem Tov. 368 pages from Simon & Schuster.
         

    Hasidic Tales of the HolocaustHasidic Tales of the Holocaust
    Yaffa Eliach
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    Derived by the author from the interviews and oral histories, these eighty-nine original Hasidic tales about the Holocaust provide unprecedented witness, in a traditional idiom, to the victims' inner experience of "unspeakable" suffering. This volume constitutes the first collection of original Hasidic tales to be published in a century.
         

    The Legend of the Baal-ShemThe Legend of the Baal-Shem
    Martin Buber

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    The Jewish philosopher Martin Buber spoke directly to the most profound human concerns in all his works, including his discussion of Hasidism, a mystical-religious movement founded in Eastern Europe by Israel Ben Eliezer, called the Baal-Shem (the Master of Gods Name). Here Buber offers a sensitive and intuitive account of Hasidism, followed by twenty stories about the life of the Baal-Shem. This is the earliest of Buber's seven volumes on Hasidism. This book is a paperback, has 223 pages, and is published by Princeton.
         
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