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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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Aug 03, 2011 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
Apr 22, 2012 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.
Lily Patchett
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
incredible, i took many little unexpected breaths and they felt very significant, a sign of the continual surprise and possibility in life, i feel all opened up ! and i even feel like i have some tools to help stay this way (hopefully)
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Drew Andrews
Jan 12, 2015 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
Straordinario volumetto di spiritualità chassidica. Questa per me è una piacevole e arricchente rilettura.
Difficile farne una recensione e penso che l'unico modo per far capire quanto questo agile volumetto sia prezioso e utile da leggere e meditare, vi riporto questo stralcio: "C'è una cosa che si può trovare in un unico luogo al mondo, è un grande tesoro, lo si può chiamare il compimento dell'esistenza. E il luogo in cui si trova questo tesoro è il luogo in cui ci si trova."
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 27, 2012 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.
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
The sangha read this beautiful little book together.
Charlie Wheeler
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully transformative.

Just goes to show, it only takes 33 pages to write a masterpiece.

Maximiliano Santiago
Uma leitura mais leve do Buber depois do meu fracasso ao tentar ler o pesadíssimo Eu e Tu. É um excelente primeiro contato, pena que é um livro tão curto!
Paolo D'Amelio
Sep 23, 2015 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
Dec 17, 2008 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.
Artur Benchimol
Dec 22, 2014 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.
Bryan Hill
Jun 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
about as concise as a metaphysic can be. Also in the tradition of storytelling. Excellent
Claire Cox-woodlief
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love the wisdom found in Hasidic stories!
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed these Hasidic tales.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality, love
Goodreads doesn't have enough stars. Book is amazing, just amazing.
Ivano Porpora
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bellissimo. Farà parte del mio 2016.
Stupendo. Un autore che riesce ottimamente a descrivere il comportamento umano nei confronti di se stesso e della ricerca di un senso.
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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