Hasidism on the Margin: Reconciliation, Antinomianism, and Messianism

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Jan 1, 2004 - History - 432 pages
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Hasidism on the Margin explores one of the most provocative and radical traditions of Hasidic thought, the school of Izbica and Radzin that Rabbi Gershon Henokh originated in nineteenth-century Poland. Shaul Magid traces the intellectual history of this strand of Judaism from medieval Jewish philosophy through centuries of Kabbalistic texts to the nineteenth century and into the present. He contextualizes the Hasidism of Izbica-Radzin in the larger philosophy and history of religions and provides a model for inquiry into other forms of Hasidism.

 

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Contents

The Piety of Secrecy
1
Retrieving the Origins of Kabbala
3
Recircumcising the Torah
40
What Is Hasidism?
72
Hasidism and the Hermeneutical Turn
109
The Redemptive Foundation of Sin
113
Human Perfection and the Fulfillment of Abrahamic Religion
138
Reconciliation and Fragmentation
168
The Law and Its Discontents
201
In and Around the Law
205
Conclusion
249
Notes
259
Bibliography
367
Index
395
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Shaul Magid is associate professor of Jewish philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is editor of God’s Voice through the Void and coeditor of Beginning/Again: Toward a Hermeneutic of Jewish Texts.

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