AR202 Ḥasidic Teachings and Exemplarities

Ḥasidism is a movement of spiritual revival that arose in the territory of contemporary Western Ukraine during the 18th century, and spread rapidly throughout Eastern Europe. Founded by Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer, the Baal Shem Tov (Master of the Good Name), Ḥasidic teaching emphasizes Divine immanence in the universe, the need to cleave and be one with the Divine at all times (devekut), the devotional aspect of religious practice, and the spiritual dimension of corporeality and mundane acts. These basic themes are taken up during this course in various readings in Ḥasidic literature, from the writings of the Baal Shem Tov and the Maggid of Mezritch to those of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and the Ḥasidic masters of Ḥabad.

  • Course Specifications
  • Type: Elective
  • Lesson type: Lecture
  • Hours: 28 (5 credits)
  • Category: RABBINICS
  • Requirement: 1 quiz & 1 essay
  • Instructor: Dr. SLOMÓ KÖVES
  • Course Readings 3
  • R. Yosef Yitzhak Schneersoh, Lubavitcher Rabbi's Memoirs: A History of the Origins of Chasidism (Kehot, 1998)
  • R. Menachem Mendel Schneerson, On the Essence of Chasidut (Kehot, 1998)
  • Gerson Hundert ed., Essential Papers on Ḥasidism (NYU, 1991)