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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.
The sedra Deuteronomy 31. concerns the last day in the life of Moses. On this day G‑d transmitted to him the concluding passage of the Torah Scroll and he wrote this down. It was a kind of Divine "dictation". The Sages tell us Moses wrote the last twelve ...
Merging intimacy and awe in the High Holiday prayers
The High Holidays are often approached with fear, but a closer look reveals an inner core of divine intimacy along with human empowerment and illumination.
Proto-Socialist Resonances in Chassidic Thought
Chabad struggled bitterly against communism's aggressively secular ethos, but successive Rebbes indicated that socialism and Judaism are not entirely at odds. This lecture was in tribute to Professor Chimen Abramsky.
The unusual publishing history of Rabbi Schnuer Zalman's Tanya
Since the time of the Baal Shem Tov, Chassidisim has attached messianic significance to the dissemination of Chassidic thought. In the modern era, this was the driving idea behind the Rebbe's campaign to publish the Tanya all over the world, which chassid...
Exploring the divide between Maimonidean rationalism and Chabad mysticism
Maimonides is often portrayed as a rationalist who opposed any form of mysticism. Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi is generally seen as a mystic, albeit one of moderate rationalist inclination. A comparative textual reading reveals that these two greats may ...
Post-Modern Perspectives on the Chassidic Notion of Repentance
Biblical perspectives on good and evil are usually seen as a conventional polarity of white versus black. But in a strikingly post modernist approach, the Chassidic notion of repentance deconstructs this narrative. Sin is not all evil, but provides unique...
Aspects of chassidic prayer and their contemporary application
What makes chassidic prayer distinct? Can these elements be broadened and made relevant to the wider Jewish community in the modern age?
Chabad Perspectives on Happiness
Chassidism is often associated with joy, but what is the nature of this joy? A review of Chabad texts on the subject reveals that chassidic joy is best described in terms of its ethical properties and its moral implications.
Jewish Tradition and Inclusivism
Are tradition and inclusivism mutually exclusive? A look at three models for inclusivism drawn directly from Jewish tradition: "Even though he sinned he is a Jew;" "All Israel has a portion in the World to Come;" and "Love your fellow as yourself."
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