Hasidic Spirituality for a New Era : The Religious Writings of Hillel Zeitlin

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  • Copyright: 2012-09-30
  • Publisher: Paulist Pr
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A preeminent scholar of Jewish thought and spirituality presents the first-ever English translation of selected writings of the Hasidic martyr of the Warsaw Ghetto, Hillel Zeitlin (1871-1942).

Author Biography

Hillel Zeitlin (1871-1942), martyred in the Warsaw Ghetto, was the leading neo-Hasidic thinker in interwar Poland. He reconceived classic concepts of the Jewish mystical tradition to shape a Judaism that would appeal to a new generation of Jews in the early twentieth century who were liberated from the bonds of traditional society but seeking a profound, open-minded, and universalistic version of Jewish teachings. His work complements that of his contemporary, Martin Buber. While Buber looked primarily to the Hasidic tales for inspiration, Zeitlin offered a version of Hasidic theology addressed to seekers living outside the Hasidic community. Largely neglected in the postwar era, his writings have much to say to contemporary Jews in search of ways to reembrace mystical teachings as a part of their tradition, as well as to Christians interested in modern expressions of classic mystic truths that transcend conventional borders.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. xv
Hillel Zeitlin: A Biographical Introductionp. 1
Hasidism Then and Nowp. 33
The Call for a New Hasidism:p. 33
Translators Introductionp. 33
What Does Yavneh Want?p. 37
Admonitions for Every True Member of Yavnehp. 43
Three Aramaic Chapters from Sifran shel Yehidimp. 49
With Rabbi Israel Ba├ćal Shem Tovp. 58
Two Letters: On Establishing Yavneh in Jerusalemp. 68
The Fundaments of Hasidismp. 71
Judaism and Universal Religionp. 119
In the Soul's Secret Places: Religious Experience and Its Manifestationsp. 119
The Longing for Beautyp. 163
Prayers: Songs to the Eternal
Introduced and Translated by Joel Rosenbergp. 189
Love and Anguish: On the Poetry of Hillel Zeitlinp. 189
Prayers (Tefillot)p. 194
From Songs to the Boundless Onep. 222
Notesp. 231
Indexp. 247
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