Chasidism: Its Development, Theology, and Practice

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Jason Aronson, 1997 - Religion - 192 pages
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One of the pillars of chasidic thought is the idea that people can comprehend God better through their actions - specifically, by performing mitzvos (sacred deeds) - than by meditation. This concept is the basis for the beliefs and observances of Chasidism, founded by the Ba'al Shem Tov in the eighteenth century. Rabbi Noson Gurary discusses Chasidism in a straightforward and authentic manner, without diluting the profound teachings of this unique tradition.
 

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Contents

THE CHASIDIC ETHOS
1
The Origins of Chasidism the Baal Shem Tov and Achiya HaShiloni
3
The Advent of the Chabad School
17
The Essence of Chasidism and its Creative Contribution
29
The Paths of Chakira Mussar and Chasidism
55
CHASIDIC MYSTICAL THEOLOGY
61
The Essence and the Or Ein Sof
63
The Purpose of Creation and the Descent of the Soul as relates to the Zohar the Arizal and Chasidism
75
Tohu and Tikkun Turmoil and Restitution
123
The Oneness of God and the Spirituality of Matter
131
Divine Providence Hashgacha Pratit in the View of Maimonides and the Baal Shem Tov
139
The Role of Torah and Mitzvahs
159
DIVINE SERVICE
175
Eliciting Gods Essence
177
Index
187
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The Process of Creation Tzimtzum and Related Concepts
93

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