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From the Historical Besht to the Usable Besht: The Image of the Ba’al ShemTov in Early Habad

Moshe Rosman

in Founder of Hasidism: A Quest for the Historical Ba'al Shem Tov

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764449
eISBN:
9781800340800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764449.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter analyzes the image of the Besht as a man who fit in with the institutions, doctrines, and practices of his time. It points out how the Besht was considered a religious or social activist ... More


Habad Contemplation in Context

Naftali Loewenthal

in Hasidism Beyond Modernity: Essays in Habad Thought and History

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764708
eISBN:
9781800343313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764708.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Habad teachings on prayer give a personal, individualistic dimension to the life of the hasid, as do Bratslav teachings on hitbodedut. Further, Habad teachings on contemplation, particularly in the ... More


Habad Approaches to Contemplative Prayer, 1790-1920

Naftali Loewenthal

in Hasidism Reappraised

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774204
eISBN:
9781800340787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774204.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores the dialectic implicit in popularizing a contemplative approach to prayer. A system of contemplation suitable for an élite group of men of stature may well need modification ... More


Hasidism after 1772: Structural Continuity and Change: Becoming a Movement

Ada Rapoport-Albert

in Hasidic Studies: Essays in History and Gender

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764821
eISBN:
9781800343412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764821.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses the 970s essays that undermined the conventional, Dubnow-originated portrayal of Hasidism. It recounts that 1772 is generally regarded as a critical year or at least an ... More


Reason and ‘Beyond Reason’ in Habad Hasidism

Naftali Loewenthal

in Hasidism Beyond Modernity: Essays in Habad Thought and History

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764708
eISBN:
9781800343313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764708.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The theme of rationalism, linked with the question of study of secular knowledge, has been a key issue in the relationship of the Jewish community with general society and in defining its own ... More


Finding and Transcending the Individual

Naftali Loewenthal

in Hasidism Beyond Modernity: Essays in Habad Thought and History

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764708
eISBN:
9781800343313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764708.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The focus on rationalism in Habad leads us to consider another aspect of the nature of hasidism: what, if anything, is the role of the individual? The crucial relationship of the hasid with the ... More


Hasidism after 1772: Structural Continuity and Change

Ada Rapoport-Albert

in Hasidism Reappraised

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774204
eISBN:
9781800340787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774204.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter addresses hasidism after 1772. The year 1772 is generally regarded as a critical one, or at least an important turning point, in the history of hasidism. Three decisive events took place ... More


More Besht Correspondence

Moshe Rosman

in Founder of Hasidism: A Quest for the Historical Ba'al Shem Tov

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764449
eISBN:
9781800340800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764449.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter talks about a collection of hagiographic stories about the Besht and his associates called the Shivhei Ha-Besht. It mentions Dov Ber of Ilintsy, the compiler, who included five citations ... More


The Influence of Reshit ḥokhmah on the Teachings of the Maggid of Mezhirech

Bracha Sack

in Hasidism Reappraised

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774204
eISBN:
9781800340787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774204.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter demonstrates that in both the hasidic concepts of man and of divine service, the ideas of R. Dov Ber, the Maggid of Mezhirech, are clearly related to those expressed by the ... More


Changes in Lifestyle and Culture (1881–1914)

in The Jews of Pinsk, 1881 to 1941

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804741583
eISBN:
9780804785020
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804741583.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

Between 1881 and 1914, profound changes in lifestyle and in intellectual and cultural life took place in Pinsk, Belarus. These changes, attributed to the growth of commerce as well as the Haskalah or ... More


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