God's Voice from the Void: Old and New Studies in Bratslav Hasidism

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Shaul Magid
SUNY Press, 2002 - Religion - 298 pages
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Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav was one of the most celebrated masters of late Jewish mysticism and Hasidism, and his writings have become classics. This volume brings together translations of three seminal studies on Rabbi Nahman in German, Hebrew, and Yiddish with six new studies from scholars in various fields of Jewish studies. The presentation of new scholarly work widens the conversation about Hasidism in general and Rabbi Nahman in particular by viewing his ideology from the perspective of contemporary hermeneutic, philosophical, and literary perspectives incorporating the insights of postmodernism, gender theory, and literary criticism. New ground is covered in essays on Rabbi Nahman’s attitude toward death, his approach to gender, his interpretation of circumcision, the impact of his tales on Yiddish literature, and his hermeneutic theory. The combination of classic and new studies in God’s Voice from the Void offers a window into the trajectory of scholarship on Hasidism, including ways in which contemporary scholars of Hasidism and Hasidic literature both continue and develop the work of their predecessors.
 

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Contents

Associative Midrash Reflections on a Hermeneutical Theory in Likkutei MoHaRan
15
The Master of Prayer Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav
67
The Cut That Binds Time Memory and the Ascetic Impulse
103
Adorning the Souls of the Dead Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav and Tikkun HaNeshamot
155
Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav The Zaddik as Androgyne
193
Saying Nihilism A Review of MarcAlain Ouaknins Burnt Book
217
OLD STUDIES
237
Messiah and the Light of the Messiah in Reb Nahmans Thought
239
Rabbi Nahman Romanticism and Rationalism
263
Mystical Hasidism and the Hasidism of Faith A Typological Analysis
277
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
287
INDEX
289
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Shaul Magid is Elaine Ravitch Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and the coauthor of Reading a Beginning, Beginning a Reading: Toward a Hermeneutic of Jewish Texts.

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