Hasidic Wisdom: Sayings from the Jewish Sages

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Jason Aronson, 1997 - Religion - 324 pages
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Hasidic Wisdom: Sayings from the Jewish Sages is among the many lifelong efforts of Rabbi Simcha Raz, one of Jerusalem's leading teachers, writers, and educators. The original book in Hebrew is titled Pitgamay Hasidim. It has been a perennial best-seller in Israel for the past fifteen years and is now in its 8th edition. The book is divided into thirty brief chapters on issues that have relevance to every human being: love and hate, faith, truth, the inner life, heaven and hell, leadership, loneliness, friendship, piety, anger, music, poverty, righteousness, prayer, charity, and repentance. Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins has been translating various selections of the book for his sermons, lectures, and classes since he first bought the Hebrew book in the mid-1980s. After countless listeners and readers asked him for the source of the hasidic quotations, he decided to translate the entire book into English, to make it available for a more diverse audience. Enlisting the assistance of his son, Jonathan, a freelance writer and television reporter in Israel, the two men collaborated on the project to render the Hebrew into idiomatic English, and to preserve its traditional nuances. The reader will find in this newest and most clearly focused treasure of hasidic doctrine a touching, heartwarming collection of profound revelations on spirituality, Torah, human relationships, and personal growth.
 

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Contents

PARENTS AND CHILDREN
1
HUMANS AND THEIR MAKER
3
LOVE AND HATE
17
LOVING THE LAND OF ISRAEL
21
LOVING THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL
23
DECEPTION
27
LIGHT AND DARKNESS
33
FAITH
35
ANGER
179
THE AUTHOR AND THE BOOK
181
THE HEART
183
SONG AND SPEECH
185
HUMAN QUALITIES
187
LESSONS FROM EVERY SOURCE
191
MONEY
195
DEEDS AND ACTIONS
199

TRUTH
41
SELFCENTEREDNESS
49
SIGHS
51
THE CREATOR AND THE CREATION
53
YOUTH AND OLD AGE
57
PERSON TO PERSON
61
THE INNER SELF
71
BODY AND SOUL
87
HEAVEN AND HELL
93
EXILE AND REDEMPTION
95
WORRY
101
SPEECH AND SILENCE
105
LAW AND JUSTICE
111
CRYING AND TEARS
113
LEADERSHIP AND AUTHORITY
115
SATISFACTION AND SIMPLICITY
121
INNER THOUGHTS
123
FRIENDSHIP AND LONELINESS
127
PANGS OF MESSIAH
129
LIFE AND DEATH
133
WISDOM AND COMMON SENSE
137
COMPASSION AND MERCY
145
THE PIOUS AND THEIR TEACHERS
147
GOOD AND EVIL
155
THE MISSION OF THE JEW
157
PASSIONS
167
DREAD OF SIN
175
FEAR OF GOD
177
GOOD DEEDS AND SINS
201
MELANCHOLIA
207
Music
209
SECRETS
211
TALES AND STORIES
213
WORSHIP
215
THIS WORLD AND THE NEXT WORLD
219
UPS AND DOWNS
225
HUMILITY AND ARROGANCE
229
POVERTY AND WEALTH
243
ADVICE
247
SLOTH
249
LIVELIHOOD
251
THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
255
CHARITY
265
STINGINESS
269
JEALOUSY AND GREED
271
DANCE
275
SHABBAT AND FESTIVALS
277
PEACE
281
HAPPINESS AND SADNESS
283
STUDY OF TORAH
289
PRAYER
295
THE EXALTATION OF REPENTANCE
299
INDEX OF BIBLICAL VERSES
303
INDEX TO PASSAGES FROM PIRKE AVOT
307
INDEX OF NAMES
309
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Dov Peretz Elkins is an internationally known author, lecturer, and educator. His pioneering books on experiential learning, values clarification, and spirituality, have influenced a generation of rabbis, educators, and Jewish communal service workers. His most recent books include: Prescription for a Long and Happy life, Moments of Transcendence: Inspirational Readings for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and Jewish Guided Imagery. He is currently the spiritual leader of The Jewish Center, in Princeton, New Jersey.

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