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The Legend of the Baal-Shem

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The Jewish philosopher Martin Buber spoke directly to the most profound human concerns in all his works, including his discussions of Hasidism, a mystical-religious movement founded in Eastern Europe by Israel ben Eliezer, called the Baal-Shem (the Master of God's Name). Living in the first part of the eighteenth century in Podolia and Wolhynia, the Baal-Shem braved scorn ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 7th 1995 by Princeton University Press (first published 1908)
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The single greatest story of all time is in here, about the boys who loved each other and talked under the birches in the summer time. The one about the language of the birds is interesting, and the picture of the Baal-Shem is actually sort of bland, an inscrutable holy man who presides over matters of law with wierd parables. There are lots of stories within a story, narratives which seem to exist to be the conduit for another story.
Carol Wunderlich
Got this, actually an earlier edition from 1931, about 20 years ago from the shelf of a retired pastor and finally made the time to read it... interesting and the themes Buber pulls out of this old mystic sect of Judaism resonate still with faithful people seeking a deeper expereince offaith.
Dec 06, 2008 John rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fabulists and metaphysicians
Shelves: fiction
Stories within stories, lessons hidden in lessons, identities revealed - this collection of legends of the Hasidic rabbi are powerful little tales, while some of the parables' meaning is lost on me, the overall effect is a wonderful incorporation of poetry, fable, and instruction. A nice template.
Brendan Howard
Mar 25, 2012 Brendan Howard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Jewish spirituality, folk tales, and Chasidism
Shelves: jewish
Beautiful tales of what sounds like a beautiful man. At least a little study of the Baal-Shem is necessary for non-Jews to understand the emotional revolution that was Chasidism and Jews to understand how far Chasidism has fallen.
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Martin Buber was an Austrian-born Jewish philosopher best known for his philosophy of dialogue, a religious existentialism centered on the distinction between the I-Thou relationship and the I-It relationship.

Buber came from a family of observant Jews, but broke with Jewish custom to pursue secular studies in philosophy. In 1902, Buber became the editor of the weekly Die Welt, the central organ of
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