Hasidic Prayer

BookHasidic Prayer

Hasidic Prayer

The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization

1984

December 1st, 1984

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This first systematic study in English of the methods of prayer of the Hasidic mystical community includes the first translations of much of the source material.

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Louis Jacobs, founding rabbi of the New London Synagogue, was a renowned scholar with an international reputation as a lecturer. He was the author of The Jewish Religion: A Companion (1995) and of many other distinguished books, several of them published by the Littman Library, including Beyond Reasonable Doubt (1999), Hasidic Prayer (paperback 1993), and Theology in the Responsa (paperback 2005), as well as an edition and translation of Zevi Hirsch Eichenstein’s Turn Aside from Evil and Do Good (1995). He died in 2006.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Half Title2
Title Page4
Copyright5
Dedication6
Contents8
Introduction to the Paperback Edition10
Introduction to the First Edition24
Note on Names and Dates26
I: Hasidism28
II: The Nature of Hasidic Prayer44
III: The Hasidic Prayer Book and Prayer House63
IV: Preparations for Prayer73
V: Gestures and Melody in Prayer81
VI: Contemplative Prayer97
VII: Contemplative Prayer (continued)109
VIII: Ecstatic Prayer120
IX: The Elevation of 'Strange Thoughts'131
X: Prayer as Inspiration148
XI: The Prayers of the Zaddik153
XII: The Polemic on the Recital of Le-Shem Yihud167
XIII: Hasidic Prayer in the Responsa181
Notes194
Bibliography210
Index214