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and direction of modern orthodoxy at least from my opens with the Baal Shem direction of modern orthodoxy at least from my vantageIt opens with the Baal Shem fighting a werewolf Then learning a book of magic spells He travels through space and time and talks to bugs There is no focus on rules but on the appreciation of the individual dictates of spiritAfter the first 50 pages or so of a kind of kabbalistic primer the stories are a delight inspiring well to me and fascinating Stories within stories lessons hidden in lessons identities revealed this collection of legends of the Hasidic rabbi are powerful little tales while some of the parables meaning is lost on me the overall effect is a wonderful incorporation of poetry fable and instruction A nice templat. L theme of Buber's thought the I Thou or dialogical relationshipAll positive religion rests on an enormous simplification of the manifold and wildly engulfing forces that invade us it is the subduing of the fullness of existence All myth in contrast is the expression of the fullness of existence its image its sign; it drinks incessantly from the gushing fountains of life Martin Buber from the introducti. Teach through inspiration not by Dogma Got
this actually an earlier edition from 1931 about 20 years ago from the shelf of a retired actually an earlier edition from 1931 about 20 years ago from the shelf of a retired and finally made the time to read it interesting and the themes Buber pulls out of this old mystic sect of Judaism resonate still with faithful people seeking a deeper expereince offaith The Legend of the Baal Shem by *Martin Buber 1995 Martin Buber perhaps than any other intellectual in the efflorescence of German Jewish culture was responsible for relativizing * Buber 1995 Martin Buber perhaps than any other intellectual in the efflorescence of German Jewish culture was responsible for relativizing religious texts inasmuch "as he treated them as works of literature first and foremost "he treated them as works of literature first and foremost secondly as cultural artifacts Anyone who has ever used the phrase culturally Jewish probably owes Buber as much as they do Moses Mendelssohn If you re an observant Orthodox. The Jewish philosopher Martin Buber spoke directly to the most profound human concerns in all his works including his discussions of Hasidism a mystical religious movement founded in Eastern Europe by Israel ben Eliezer called the Baal Shem the Master of God's Name Living in the first part of the eighteenth century in Podolia and Wolhynia the Baal Shem braved scorn and rejection from the rabbinical esta. ,
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"not well there "well *There Some Good Stories Poems * some good stories poems assorted odds and ends compiled in Jewish Mysticism and the Legends of Baalshem
Inside Are Tales Ofare tales of cruelty hubris outright horror The Werewolf is a disturbing little tale as well as some The single greatest story of all time is in here about the boys who loved each other and talked under the birches in the summer time The one about the language of the birds is interesting and the picture of the Baal Shem is actually sort of bland an inscrutable holy man who presides over matters of law with wierd parables There are lots of stories within a story narratives which seem to exist to be the conduit for another story So curious This is about the rabbi who founded the Hasidic movem. Blishment and attracted followers from among the common people the poor and the mystically inclined Here Buber offers a sensitive and intuitive account of Hasidism followed by twenty stories about the life of the Baal Shem This book is the earliest and one of the most delightful of Buber's seven volumes on Hasidism and can be read not only as a collection of myth but as a key to understanding the centra.