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The heart of the matter : studies in Jewish mysticism and theology

Arthur Green (Author)
La jaquette indique : "Judaism, like all the great religions, has a strand within it that sees inward devotion as an opening of the human heart to God's presence. This voice is not always easy to hear in a tradition where so much attention is devoted to the how rather than the why of religious living. The devotional claim, certainly a key part of Judaism's biblical heritage, has reasserted itself in the teachings of individual mystics and in the emergence of religious movements over the long course of Jewish history. This volume represents Rabbi Arthur Green's own quest for such a Judaism, both as a scholar and as a contemporary seeker. This collection of essays brings together Green's scholarly writings, centered on the history of early Hasidism, and his highly personal approach to a rebirth of Jewish spirituality in our own day. In choosing to present them in this way, he asserts a claim that they are all of a piece. They represent one man's attempt to wade through history and text, language and symbol, an array of voices both past and present, while always focusing on the essential question "What does it mean to be a religious human being, and what does Judaism teach us about it?" This, the author considers to be the heart of the matter."
Print Book, English, ©2015
University of Nebraska Press ; The Jewish Publication Society, Lincoln (Neb.), Philadelphia (Penn.), ©2015
1 v. (XVII-366 p.) : 1 portrait en frontispiece, couv. illustrations ; 24 cm
9780827612136, 0827612133
Preface: Looking BackAcknowledgments Part 1. Judaism: The Religious Life1. Introduction to Jewish Spirituality2. Sabbath as Temple: Some Thoughts on Space and Time in Judaism3. Some Aspects of Qabbalat Shabbat4. Judaism and "The Good" Part 2. Theology and Mysticism in Classical Sources5. Bride, Spouse, Daughter: Images of the Feminine in Classical Jewish Sources6. The Children in Egypt and the Theophany at the Sea7. The Song of Songs in Early Jewish Mysticism Part 3. Hasidism: Mysticism for the Masses8. Around the Maggid's Table: Tsaddik, Leadership, and Popularization in the Circle of Dov Baer of Miedzyrzec9. Typologies of Leadership and the Hasidic Zaddiq10. The Zaddiq as Axis Mundi in Later Judaism11. Hasidism: Discovery and Retreat12. Levi Yizhak of Berdichev on Miracles Part 4. Contemporary Jewish Theology13. A Neo-Hasidic Credo14. Restoring the Aleph: Judaism for the Contemporary Seeker15. A Kabbalah for the Environmental Age16. Abraham Joshua Heschel: Recasting Hasidism for Moderns17. Personal Theology: An Address to Rabbis Source AcknowledgmentsBibliography of the Published Writings of Arthur Green
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