Hasidic Tales

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SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2004 - Religion - 193 pages
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The Tales of the Hasidic Masters Can Become a Companion for Your Own Spiritual Journey.

"The wisdom of the Hasidim is earthy, realistic, rooted in the simplicity of the heart. It is alive with the awareness of the holiness of Creation and the boundlessness of God's mercy, and is utterly honest about the necessity of living such awareness in loving service to all beings. It is a wisdom that fuses the highest mystical initiations with the most down-home celebration of life and a rugged commitment to social and political justice in all its forms. In other words, it is a wisdom that is never, as my old prep school headmaster would put it, "too divine to be of any earthly use."
--from the Foreword by Andrew Harvey

Martin Buber, author of Tales of Hasidim, was the first to bring the Hasidic tales to life for modern readers in the middle of the twentieth century. His groundbreaking work was the first time that most readers had ever encountered the lives and teachings of these profound and enigmatic spiritual masters from Eastern Europe.

In Hasidic Tales: Annotated & Explained, Rabbi Rami Shapiro breathes new life into these classic stories of people who so marvelously combined the mystical and the ordinary. Each demonstrates the spiritual power of unabashed joy, offers lessons for leading a holy life, and reminds you that the Divine can be found in the everyday. Without an expert guide, the allegorical quality of Hasidic tales can be perplexing. But Shapiro presents them as stories rather than parables, making them accessible and meaningful. Now you can experience the wisdom of Hasidism firsthand even if you have no previous knowledge of Jewish spirituality. This SkyLight Illuminations edition offers insightful yet unobtrusive commentary that explains theological concepts, introduces major characters, offers clarifying references unfamiliar to most readers and reveals how you can use the Hasidic tales to further your own spiritual awakening.


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Hasidic tales: annotated & explained

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This volume is another entry in Skylight Paths' valuable Annotated & Explained series, which has included, thus far, spiritual sources such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Gospel of Thomas. A ... Read full review

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One of the most inspirational books I have ever read, Rabbi Rami Shapiro has truly done his work well in both choice of tales to include as well as simple yet not simplistic explanations and commentary on those tales that seem to embody the concept of "being on topic". Well written in terms of length, complexity, and notation on who is who and where they are from, anyone can follow the stories easily and without much effort imagine the settings for each. You need not be Hasidic, or even Jewish, to truly appreciate the simple human warmth and love humanity is capable of when we stop to think of it and live it and Rabbi Shapiro's writing style makes this shine out better than anything else I could conceive. I bought my copy as soon as I leafed through it. 


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Seeking a Precedent
A Hidden Tzaddik
You Are What You Think
Receive and Detach
of God
Alien Invaders
The Rebbes Love
Without a Doubt
Stone Soup
Nothing but God
Praying with Praying
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