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The Way of Man

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Martin Buber was one of the most significant religious thinkers of the twentieth century. In this short and remarkable book he presents the essential teachings of Hasidism, the mystical Jewish movement which swept through Eastern Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Told through stories of imagination and spirit, together with Buber's own unique insights, The ...more
Published April 4th 2002 by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Books Ltd. imprint (first published 1948)
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May 27, 2012 S©aP rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Illuminante piccolo saggio etico. Offre una serie di aperture e intuizioni utili a raccordare diversi atteggiamenti religiosi. Una piccola baia di acque calme e rassicuranti.
Drew Andrews
Mar 01, 2015 Drew Andrews rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book of all time. I find myself drawn to its 50 pages multiple times in a given year - it is the single field guide and compass that keeps me journeying in creative work and in every other form of life work. It can be a turn-off for those who are not familiar with Hasidic thought, or for those who have no taste at all for any sort of Judeo-Christian philosophy on one's place in the world, I have my own issues with that - but I think if you look past that, there is an universa ...more
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Sep 23, 2015 Paolo D'Amelio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saggistica, religione
Dicono che libri come “Il cammino dell’uomo” di Martin Buber non vanno cercati tanto saranno loro a trovare te. È andata così: scritto da tempo in chissà quale lista di libri che “questo prima o poi devo leggerlo”, me ne ero completamente scordato. Poi in uno dei miei pellegrinaggi nei punti di scambio bookcrossing cittadini, l’ho visto e l’ho preso senza esitazioni. Quello di Buber è un libro che in poche ore dona quel briciolo di consapevolezza in più, quello che ti fa riprendere il cammino co ...more
Having read his 'I and Thou' many years ago, I was pleased to get this as a present, and I found it just as good.
Apr 22, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing
If I were stuck on a deserted island, I would want this with me. I re-read it every few years.
Dec 22, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro da tenere sul comodino e leggere sera per sera, di quelli che ti danno forza
Jan 05, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
The sangha read this beautiful little book together.
May 28, 2012 Georgiana rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, philosophy
Way of man

P.6 the task of man, of every man, according to Hasidic teaching, is to affirm for gods sake the world and himself and by this very means to transform both.

P.14 there is a demonic question, a spurious question, which apes God's question, the question of Truth. Its characteristic is that it does not stop at: 'Where art thou?', but continues: 'From where you have got to, there is no way out.' This is the wrong kind of heart-searching, which does not prompt man to turn, and put him on t
Artur Benchimol
Dec 22, 2014 Artur Benchimol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great short read. Weaves chassidic tales to strong questions and actionable values in a meditation-like immersion. Worth coming back to from time to time.

The Brazilian edition is good. I'd have translated some terms differently, but overall great job.
Aug 03, 2011 Benkei rated it it was amazing
On the surface a simple little book; the Hassidic stories in it read like children's tales for adults. The Way of Man, as comes to the fore, makes a rather strong break with general accepted concepts of individualism in Western society. The individual in relation to a broader society is emphasised and he becomes, once again, a social creature. It is also in that socialisation that Man finds his happiness, according to Buber. If you can manage to internalise his message it actually does help with ...more
Dec 30, 2015 TienD rated it liked it
Stilstaan bij de manier waarop je in het leven staat kan prima met deze verhalen.
Ivano Porpora
Dec 07, 2015 Ivano Porpora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bellissimo. Farà parte del mio 2016.
Feb 25, 2014 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dec 17, 2008 David rated it really liked it
Sunday-school Buber–and maybe the best place to start for those not turned off by God talk. “The Way of Man According to the Teaching of Hasidism” contains Buber’s commentaries on six brief hasidic fables. These intend to prepare individuals to approach life with their whole beings and open themselves to God. Buber manages to argue for a non-prescriptive God without coming across as intellectually rudderless. Simple and good.
Stupendo. Un autore che riesce ottimamente a descrivere il comportamento umano nei confronti di se stesso e della ricerca di un senso.
Bryan Hill
Jun 15, 2008 Bryan Hill rated it it was amazing
about as concise as a metaphysic can be. Also in the tradition of storytelling. Excellent
Claire Cox-woodlief
Sep 02, 2013 Claire Cox-woodlief rated it really liked it
I love the wisdom found in Hasidic stories!
Jul 01, 2013 Lynda rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed these Hasidic tales.
Thought provoking
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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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