The Paradoxical Ascent to God: The Kabbalistic Theosophy of Habad Hasidism

The Paradoxical Ascent to God: The Kabbalistic Theosophy of Habad Hasidism

by Rachel Elior
     
 

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This book is a study of the Habad Hasidism movement, an influential part of the Hasidic Movement, which originated in the eigteenth century. Habad was founded by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1813) who established a Hasidic community in Belorussia and who set forth the new Habad doctrine in a book entitled Tanya (Likutey Amarim). This doctrine expounded the

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This book is a study of the Habad Hasidism movement, an influential part of the Hasidic Movement, which originated in the eigteenth century. Habad was founded by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1813) who established a Hasidic community in Belorussia and who set forth the new Habad doctrine in a book entitled Tanya (Likutey Amarim). This doctrine expounded the mystical ideas underlying the quest for God. Its essential innovation lay in the formulation of a religious outlook which concentrated upon perceiving the divinity: its essence, its nature, the stages of its manifestation, its characteristics, its perfection, its differing wills, its processes, the significance of its revelation and the possibilities of its perception. This conception generated a profound transformation of religious worship and was the cause of great controversy throughout the Jewish world.

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A study concerned with the spiritual character of Habad Hasidism in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, defining the basic assumption of Habad thought, elucidating the elements that are combined within its spiritual universe, and clarifying the mystical and theoretical background to the movement. Translated from the Hebrew. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791410455
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Series:
SUNY series in Judaica: Hermeneutics, Mysticism, and Religion Series
Pages:
279
Product dimensions:
6.23(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.10(d)

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Rachel Elior is Professor in the Department of Jewish Studies at Hebrew University.

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