In the Beginning: Discourses on Chasidic Thought

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Jason Aronson, 1992 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 300 pages
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In the Beginning is a journey through the Book of Genesis by one of the leading rabbis of our generation. Along this journey, its author shines his light on some of the secrets of Jewish tradition. The reader senses that we are in the presence of a master teacher whose depth of insight helps reveal to us the hidden paths of wisdom that are contained in the Torah.
 

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Contents

The World of Tohu and the World of Tikun
3
THE CREATION OF MAN
15
Formed from the Dust
17
Direct Light and Returning Light
27
Division and Completeness
39
THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE
49
The Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge
51
The Inwardness of Evil
65
Returning Light and Divine Laughter
167
ELIXIR OF LIFE AND DEATH
181
Elixir of Life
183
Elixir of Death
199
Overcoming the Obstacles to Lower Unity
211
FAITH AND PRAYER
229
On Faith and Blessing
231
The Protective Power of Prayer
245

Banishment from Eden
75
The Two Ways of Tikun
89
OUTBOUND AND INBOUND FORCES
107
Draw Me after Thee
109
The Many Sides of Chesed
119
The Great Awe of Pachad Yitzchak
133
The Power To Accept
151
Prayer as Sacrifice
255
With All Thy Might
265
Beauty and Knowledge
277
SHEMA YISRAEL
287
Release from the Bondage of Reality
289
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Adin Steinsaltz, internationally regarded as one of the leading rabbis of this century is head of the Israel Institute for Talmudic Publications.

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