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Tales of the Hasidim, Vols 1-2

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This new paperback edition brings together volumes one and two of Buber's classic work Takes of the Hasidim, with a new foreword by Chaim Potok. Martin Buber devoted forty years of his life to collecting and retelling the legends of Hasidim. "Nowhere in the last centuries," wrote Buber in Hasidim and Modern Man, "has the soul-force of Judaism so manifested itself as in Has ...more
Paperback, 736 pages
Published July 23rd 1991 by Schocken (first published 1949)
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Nov 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
When I read this book at age 17, it came close to making me want to convert to Judaism, enter a Yeshiva and study Torah all day. My Jew-fandom has since waned considerably, but this is still one of the most romantic, evocative, picturesque, insightful, and downright readable pieces of so-called "religious literature" I know of. ...more
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I became curious about Hasidic legends and folklore after reading one or two in a different book about Jewish culture. While they don't represent Judaism exclusively, these stories have endured as a significant part of its heritage. For gentiles, Hasidic Jews are often the most visible members of this religious and ethnic community, and this book is an extensive collection of the anecdotes, quips, and aphorisms they used to define themselves over the last few centuries.

The Hasidic tradition is h
Yun Rou
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My mother was a student of Martin Buber, so his teachings and presence, if only by osmosis, were in my life from an early age. It's said that he felt strongly that the soul of Judaism was to be found in these stories of orthodox Jews in the shtetls of Europe. I'm not equipped to comment on that, but for a look inside the culture that led to modern Jewish orthodoxy, as well as a general peek at Jewish life in centuries past, this book is a treasure. ...more
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Canto degli Hassidim

Dovunque io vada Tu;
Dovunque io sosti, Tu;
solo Tu;
ancora Tu;
sempre Tu;
cielo, Tu;
terra, Tu;
dovunque io mi giro
e miro e contemplo, Tu,
solo Tu,
sempre Tu.
Craig Bolton
Tales of the Hasidim (v. 1-2 i) by Martin Buber (1991)
Joel Kleehammer
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Martin Buber is an outstanding author, though not always one who is easy to follow. In this book, he retells tales of Hasidim, which are both magical and enlightening at the same time.
Israel Drazin
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a classic. It includes the sayings and acts of the early Hasidim. Scholars refer to it when they speak about the Hasidim. Buber's collection of tales is a joy to read and prompt us to think. For example: "Before his death, Rabbi Zusya said 'In the coming world, they will not ask me: 'Why were you not Moses?' They will ask me: 'Why were you not Zusya.'" Also, "Rabbi Uri said: 'David could compose the psalms, and what can I do? I can recite the psalms.'" ...more
I can't believe it! I needed 6 months to finish this book, that's not my record, but close to it. I'm sure people more interested in Chassidism or more religious than I will find a lot to like. Still, it's good to learn something about long gone people from the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth lands and the culture that is no longer present in Poland. ...more
Katie Anne
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much wisdom here. A book I will read again and again
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There's a typo in the description "tale" is spelled take. ...more
One of my New Year's resolutions was to finally finish this book in 2016. Tales of the Hasidim is Martin Buber's fastidious compilation of oral tradition about every Hasidic master he could find that lived in Eastern Europe during the 18th century. It me took so long because it's written kind of like an encyclopedia, with 700 pages of one-paragraph stories. Given that I am not terribly familiar with Eastern European names and places (many of which don't even exist anymore because they were total ...more
Jul 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
A Master Scholar this work shares the exuberant and joyous celebration of the Hasidim expression of Judiasm. I learned a great deal I did not know about what lies or did lie at the core of this amazing group. Buber points out that personal celebration of the divine need not be dogmatic or follow "the norm."

With people breaking into dance or song during worship... You may discover powerful and amazing Hebrew words like "Hitlahavut" or the burning ecstasy of God..

Rich spiritual fare that anyone ca
Bob Towner
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating, challenging, delightful and profound stories told by the great lovers of G-d, collected by Buber, who himself qualifies as an embodiment of Chesed (lovingkindness) or a Hasid.

I am never finished with this book. And it reappears in some very good company. Noteably, in "The Spirituality of Imperfection, Storytelling and the Search for Meaning, by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham
Dennis Ross
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I first read Buber's tales for a seminary course and and have returned to this book often over the years. It was an important part of my book, God in Our Relationships: Spirituality between People from the Teachings of Martin Buber. Some of the tales are a challnege to understand, but a good number are gems. ...more
Harold Citron
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: jews
Lots of stories about the founding rabbis of Chassidim. Some as short as a few sentences, the longest are perhaps a page, well over 1,000 in total. Somewhat similar to the P'rkei Avot. Some leave more of an imprint than others. Some make you laugh (yes, there is humor in their anecdotes), others make you think. ...more
Brian Oconnor
Dec 16, 2009 rated it liked it
couldn't actually finish it ...more
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spirituality
I was hoping for tales full of meaning on how to live life. While I am sure there was some meaning there the tales seemed to be mostly biographical.
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I did not read this book. It appeared as read on my Goodreads with 5 stars and I can’t figure out how to delete it.
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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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