Hasidism: Writings on Devotion, Community, and Life in the Modern World
Edited by Ariel Evan Mayse Editor and Sam Berrin Shonkoff
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|Paper Publication Date:||09/19/2020|
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|Cloth Publication Date:||09/19/2020|
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|E-book Publication Date:||07/15/2020|
Hasidism: Writings on Devotion, Community, and Life in the Modern World, collected, edited, and introduced by Ariel Mayse and Sam Berrin Shonkoff, two rising scholars in the field, is a significant addition to The Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought. While numerous volumes of Hasidic texts translated into English already exist, Mayses and Berrin-Shonkoff have presented a historically contextualized cross-section of Hasidic literature, each with a brief introduction, including relevant annotations and notes. In a sweeping and cogent Introductory essay, the authors examine the problematic notion of modernity as applied to Hasidism, suggesting a more fluid understanding of modernity in order to situate the Hasidic movement within its orbit. The author’s periodization, stretching from Hasidim’s origins through neo-Hasidism to the present, enables their readers to witness the changing vicissitudes of Hasidic literature as it moves through time. Especially welcome is the attention to gender, and the role of women, in Hasidic life and letters. An indispensable resource for those interested in Hasidism and its role in Modern Jewish Thought.
--Shaul Magid, Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College
This dazzling collection of Hasidic wisdom—both traditional and contemporary—will stimulate and enlighten its readers. Among the book’s themes are: discovering God in the material world and deep within one’s self, mystical nothingness, and the cosmic significance of human action. In addition to displaying gems of famous Hasidic masters, the editors include women’s voices, memoirs, anti-Hasidic polemics, theological responses to the Holocaust and the State of Israel, and neo-Hasidic teachings. A superb resource for intellectual and spiritual exploration.
--Daniel Matt, author of The Essential Kabbalah and the multi-volume, annotated translation, The Zohar: Pritzker Edition
This source anthology spans Hasidic literature from the earliest generation of the mass spiritual movement through present-day writers, all occupied with a set of central questions. Principally: What is the relationship between God and the world and between God and humanity and the human individual? The final section is to be noted for its inclusion of more recent Hasidic women writers.
Ariel Evan Mayse is assistant professor at Stanford University and holds a rabbinic ordination from Beit Midrash Har'el in Israel. He is the author of From the Depth of the Well: An Anthology of Jewish Mysticism and coauthor of A New Hasidism: Branches.
Sam Berrin Shonkoff is assistant professor of Jewish studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He is the editor of Martin Buber: His Intellectual and Scholarly Legacy.