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A Heart Afire: Stories and Teachings of the Early Hasidic Masters Hardcover – May 14, 2009
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But the book is much more than this as these teachings serve as a platform for the authors, especially Reb Zalman, to offer their own teachings from a modern Hasidic perspective, that of Jewish Renewal.
Although the book contains technical language from the early Hasidic literature and the Kaballah, the concepts are explained clearly and should be accessible to anyone with even a minimal background in Judaism. But there are also teachings of profound depth for those with an extensive background in these matters.
Early Hasidic masters were known for their ability to teach so that each student thought the rabbi was talking exclusively to him. This book achieves the more difficult task of doing this in a written form. I had the strange sense that certain sections of the book were written entirely for my benefit as they spoke exactly to my current concerns and problems.
An accessible and amazing book that should be in all Jewish libraries and read by anyone interested in Hasidism. Highly recommended.
The other two works I strongly recommend, making somewhat of a trilogy of works on Hasidism by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Netanel Miles-Yepez are "Wrapped in a Holy Flame" and "A Hidden Light."
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This book reaches right into my heart - I love reading it.Published 4 months ago by Ayala Zonnenschein
This book is fantastic - the stories by the Bal Sham T'ov are spectacular and Reb Zalman's commentaries are equally stellar!Published 13 months ago by STEPHEN A BROSS