Have you ever wondered what is the appeal of Hasidism? It may appear to us today as ultra-Orthodox fundamentalism, but when it first appeared in the 18th century, the followers of Hasidism were considered rogues, renegades and rebels by their Orthodox contemporaries. In this course, we will explore Hasidism as a revolutionary Jewish revival movement that transformed Eastern-European Jewry.
We will explore the spiritual teachings of early Hasidism and their contemporary implications, including pantheism, mystical union, ecstatic prayer, self-transcendence, worshiping God through sin, and the role of the Hasidic wonder-rabbi. We will look at Hasidic literature in translation, including the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov, Nachman of Bratzlav, Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidism and Martin Buber, and consider how these teachers made mysticism attractive in our modern world.
The Teachings of Hasidism is a 10-week adult learning class. It meets Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Feb. 1 through April 26, 2018, and is taught by David Ariel, Ph.D.+ More... - Less...
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