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Early in the eighteenth century the legendary holy man and teacher Rabbi Israel Ba'al Shem Tov launched a spiritual movement in Eastern Europe known as Hasidism. The Hasidic movement thrived on parables and stories promulgating joy, the potential for personal transformation, aspirations of the Divine, and the infusion of daily life with music, dancing, and loving exultation—and there is no Jewish institution today that has not been affected by Hasidism. Since the time of the Ba'al Shem Tov, generations of disciples, holy men, gurus, rabbis, and teachers have spread the Hasidic movement throughout the world. Now this book presents in one volume a collection of profound insights from the greatest Hasidic masters.
Wrapped in a Holy Flame offers rare stories, new translations, and an innovative introduction to the meaning and value of these classic tales and teachings. It features the work of Hasidic masters of legendary fame and influence, including the Maggid of Mezritch, Reb Pinchas of Koretz, Shneur Zalman of Liadi, Reb Nachman of Bratzlav, all the way to the twentieth century Rebbe and artist Reb Shlomo Carlebach. The author has studied and taught Hasidic stories and teachings for over fifty years. This book contains a lifetime of experience and will stand for years to come as the basic, definitive work in the field.
Note to the Reader.
A Renaissance of Piety: The Teachings of Hasidism and the Shifting Paradigm.
A Hidden Fire Revealed: The Ba’al Shem Tov.
The Teachers of the Aha! The Maggid of Mezritch and Reb Pinchas of Koretz.
The Ascetic Saint: Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk.
The Passionate Defender: Reb Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev.
Heaven Is Here! Reb Moshe Leib of Sassov.
Dancing from the Infirmary: The Maggid of Koznitz.
A Guide for the Exceptional Average: Seven Generations of Chabad Rebbes.
Between Perfection and Evil.
Attributes and Garments of the Soul.
The Victory of the Rational Soul.
The Duality of Good and Evil.
Woman and the Divine Feminine.
Fear and Love.
Annihilation of Existence and Brokenheartedness.
The End of the Journey.
The Word That Creates: Sha’ar HaYichud VeHaEmunah and the Rest of the Tanya.
Radical Hasidism and the Challenge of Changing Paradigms.
Dreamer of Archetypes: Reb Nachman of Bratzlav.
Who Walks on the Edge of the Sword: Reb Menachem Mendel of Kotzk.
Deployed by God: Reb Mordecai Yosef of Ishbitz.
A Latter-Day Saint: Reb Arele Roth.
Loving the Land and Its People Is Loving God: Reb Abraham Isaac Kook.
Yea, Though I Walk Through the Shadow of Death: Reb Kalonymous Kalmisch of Piasetzna.
The Mystic Proletarian: Reb Hillel Zeitlin.
The Master of Virtuous Reality: Reb Shlomo Carlebach.
Precocious Mystical Feminism: Reb Channah Rochel of Ludmir.