Hasidism Beyond Modernity: Essays in Habad Thought and History (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization) (Hardcover)

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Hasidism Beyond Modernity: Essays in Habad Thought and History (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization) (Hardcover)

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The Habad school of hasidism is distinguished today
from other hasidic groups by its famous emphasis on outreach, on messianism, and
on empowering women. Hasidism Beyond Modernity provides a critical,
thematic study of the movement from its beginnings, showing how its unusual qualities
evolved. Topics investigated include the theoretical underpinning of the
outreach ethos; the turn towards women in the twentieth century; new attitudes
to non-Jews; the role of the individual in the hasidic collective; spiritual
contemplation in the context of modernity; the quest for inclusivism in the
face of prevailing schismatic processes;
messianism in both spiritual and political forms; and the direction of the
movement after the passing of its seventh rebbe,
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, in 1994. Attention is given to many contrasts:
pre-modern, modern, and postmodern conceptions of Judaism; the clash between maintaining
an enclave and outreach models of Jewish society; particularist and
universalist trends; and the subtle interplay of mystical faith and rationality.
Some of the chapters are new; others, published in an earlier form, have been
updated to take account of recent scholarship. This book presents an in-depth
study of an intriguing movement which takes traditional hasidism beyond
modernity.

Naftali Loewenthal is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London, and the director of the Chabad Research Unit. He is the author of Communicating the Infinite: The Emergence of the Habad School (1990).
Product Details ISBN: 9781906764708
ISBN-10: 1906764700
Publisher: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
Publication Date: December 18th, 2019
Pages: 456
Language: English
Series: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization