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How Did Maimonides Influence Chassidism?

The roots of Chassidic mysticism (devekut) in the writings of Maimonides

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How Did Maimonides Influence Chassidism?: The roots of Chassidic mysticism (devekut) in the writings of Maimonides

Maimonides is often thought of as an ultra rationalist. But several scholars of chassidism have shown that his views on how a human being can become attached to G-d were a seminal influence in the development of chassidic thought and practice.
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Anonymous Lawrenceville March 20, 2015

Maimonides and Mysticism In earlier correspondence, I had summarized that Maimonides was an "intellectual mystic," a conundrum in itself. The observation was based on preliminary studies, as well as expectations: But with progress in studies, there has been reconsideration: Maimonides was purely intellectual with understanding of esoteric, recondite and mystical matters. Reply

Yishai Fort Collins, CO via jewishnco.com March 16, 2015

Mystery solved I never understood how come the Rebbe Z"L was focused on Rambam so much. I see the Chabad menorah, based on the famous illustration, and ask myself how come a Hassidic movement even reads a philosophy that's almost anti-misticism. Some academic readers of the guide see Maimonides and Spinoza standing very close to each other, albeit on different sides of the line between faith and heresy. How this got integrated into Hasidism was not clear, until now. Thank you. Reply

Anonymous March 12, 2015

Very educational, thank you so much. Reply

Anonymous Lawrenceville, NJ March 11, 2015

Amazing! Thank you. Yes Rabbi, I agree Moses was an intellectual mystic: Knowledge cloaked beautifully, for unveiling. Reply

david uk March 10, 2015

article It would help if we could have a link to the Rabbi's article that he refers to in his lecture. Reply

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