Uniter of Heaven and Earth: Rabbi Meshullam Feibush Heller of Zbarazh and the Rise of Hasidism in Eastern Galicia

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A clear and penetrating account of the basis of Hasidic mysticism. Includes translations of many texts never before available in English.
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Including a wide-range of Hasidic texts, the book focuses on the writings of a seminal figure in early Hasidic history, Rabbi Meshullam Feibush Heller. A disciple of Rabbi Yehiel Mikhel, the Maggid of Zlotchov, perhaps the prototype of the Hasidic Rebbe, Heller formulated a version of Hasidic teachings that highly influenced later stages and schools of the movement, including HaBaD Hasidism. Central to these writings are an argument for faith in Hasidic masters and an account of radical spiritual approaches that enable the masters to transform negative thoughts and emotions into means of discovering God.
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Krassen (religion, Oberlin College) examines one of the most important figures in the emergence of Hasidic Judaism, explaining the basic beliefs and practices of Hasidic mysticism. Rabbi Heller, the center of the book, formulated many of the tenets of the creed that survive to this day, including HaBaD Hasidim. Krassen presents an overview of the history, and delves into the Kabbalah, holidays, and the ethical basis of Hasidic beliefs. Chapters address the barrier to divine aid, Meshullam Feibush and the Maggid of Mezeritch, and the importance of Zaddiqim. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Miles Krassen is Assistant Professor of Religion and Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at Oberlin College. He is the author of Isaiah Horowitz: The Generations of Adam.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Meshullam Feibush Heller and His Circle in Eastern Galicia

2. Sources of Devequt in Early Hasidism

3. Cosomological Bases for Meshullam Feibush's Concept of Devequt

4. The Barrier to Divine Aid

5. The Problem of Corporeality: Conditions for Devequt

6. The Remedy: Prayer, Torah, Sacred Calendar

7. Meshullam Feibush and the Maggid of Mezeritch

8. The Importance of Zaddiqim

9. Meshullam Feibush's Place in Early Hasidism

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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