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Martin Buber was the first to bring the Hasidic tales to life for modern readers in the middle of the twentieth century. His groundbreaking work was the first time that most readers had ever encountered the lives and teachings of these profound and enigmatic spiritual masters from Eastern Europe.

In Hasidic Tales: Annotated & Explained, Rabbi Rami Shapiro breathes new life into these classic stories of people who so marvelously combined the mystical and the ordinary. Each demonstrates the spiritual power of unabashed joy, offers lessons for leading a holy life, and reminds you that the Divine can be found in the everyday.

Without an expert guide, the allegorical quality of Hasidic tales can be perplexing. But Shapiro presents them as stories rather than parables, making them accessible and meaningful. Now you can experience the wisdom of Hasidism firsthand even if you have no previous knowledge of Jewish spirituality. This SkyLight Illuminations edition offers insightful yet unobtrusive commentary that explains theological concepts, introduces major characters, offers clarifying references unfamiliar to most readers, and reveals how you can use the Hasidic tales to further your own spiritual awakening.

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ISBN-10:  1893361861
ISBN-13:  978-1893361867
Author:  Rami M. Shapiro
Publisher:  Skylight Paths Publishing
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review by . August 15, 2010
Rabbi Shapiro translates, annotates, and explains over 80 legendary tales that focus on the founder of the modern Chassidic movement, Israel ben Eliezer (1698-1760), known as the Baal Shem Tov, the Master of the Good Name, and the Chasidic rabbis who followed him. The stories are sometimes mystical, magical, unnatural, impossible, and paradoxical. But this does not diminish them in any way. The sticking parabolic nature of the legends helps turn the reader's mind from their facts to their message, …
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