The legend of the Baal-Shem

by Martin Buber

Book, 1995



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150 BUB


Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1995.


These twenty captivating stories about the founder of the Hasidic faith Israel ben Eliezer called the Baal-Shem or Master of God's Name, provide a profound and charming account of the genesis of Hasidism, still Judaism's most important religious movement. As a delicate and moving portrayal not only of the power of the Baal-Shem's mystical faith, but also of Eastern European Jewish daily life, The Legend of the Baal-Shem is an ideal introduction to Hasidic religious thought, and to Martin Buber's own influential philosophy of love and mutual human understanding.

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LibraryThing member mike.vaneerden
This collection of stories of the founder of the Hasidic movement, compiled by Martin Buber, is a testimony to the importance of spiritual mentors and friends, and the relationships between these, and God.
(If you recognize it, this is where I found the image for my tattoo.)

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