A Heart Afire: Stories and Teachings of the Early Hasidic Masters

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Jewish Publication Society, Jan 1, 2010 - Religion - 434 pages
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The interpretations in A Heart Afire are as rich and meaningful as the teachings and tales themselves in this intimate guided tour of Hasidism and Hasidic storytelling led by Reb Zalman, an old-world Hasidic elder who is also profoundly connected to modern culture. As a bridge between both worlds, Reb Zalman, and his co-author and student Netanel Miles-Yepez, introduce the reader to rare and unique translations of Hasidism with their own personal reflections on their meaning. This book gives the readers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Hasidic wisdom and narrative and in the teachings of a modern Hasidic master.
 

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Contents

the Baal Shem Tov
67
The Circle of the Baal Shem and
105
Maggid of Mezritch
151
The Great Maggid and the Voice of
193
The Circle of the Maggid and The Rebbe King
233
Elimelekh of Lizhensk
275
In the Court
305
The Three Pillars
335
the Baal Shem Tov 67
67
The Circle of the Baal Shem and
105
Adel Ashkenazi
107
Pinhas of Koretz
127
Maggid of Mezritch 151
151
The Great Maggid and the Voice of
193
The Circle of the Maggid and The Rebbe King
234
Elimelekh of Lizhensk
275

Glossary
373
Bibliography
383
About the Authors
391
Contents
xi
Introduction xvii
xvii
The Hidden Tradition and the Baal Shem
2
In the Court
305
The Three Pillars 335
335
Glossary 373
373
Bibliography 383
383
About the Authors 391
391
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Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, known as Reb Zalman, is the father of the neo-Hasidic Jewish Renewal movement. He was ordained by HaBaD-Lubavitch in1947, and later received his MA from Boston University and DHL from Hebrew Union College. He is professor emeritus of Psychology of Religion and Jewish Mysticism at Temple University and is World Wisdom Chair holder emeritus at Naropa University. He is the author of Spiritual Intimacy and collaborated with Miles-Yepez on Wrapped in a Holy Flame: Tales and Teachings of the Hasidic Masters. Netanel Miles-Yepez is a teacher of Sufism and Hasidism and, with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, is the co-founder of the Sufi-Hasidic, Inayati-Maimuni Tariqat, the only Jewish order of Sufis in the world. He collaborated with Reb Zalman on Wrapped in a Holy Flame: Teachings and Tales of the Hasidic Masters and is the editor of The Common Heart: An Experience of Interreligious Dialogue. He is also the executive director of the Reb Zalman Legacy Project.

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