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. He died in 2006.
Introduction to the paperback edition Introduction to the first edition Notes on names and dates 1 Hasidism 2 The Nature of Hasidic Prayer 3 The Hasidic Prayer Book and Prayer House 4 Preparations for Prayer 5 Gestures and Melody in Prayer 6 Contemplative Prayer 7 Contemplative Prayer (continued) 8 Ecstatic Prayer 9 The Elevation of ‘Strange Thoughts’ 10 Prayer as Inspiration 11 The Prayers of the Zaddik 12 The Polemic on the Recital of Le-Shem Yihud 13 Hasidic Prayer in the Responsa Notes Bibliography Index
'It now presents itself to a new public which will find this one of the basic books required for those who want to go directly into the nature of Hasidic prayer ... in this sound and clearly written text there is a scholarly survey of the most immediate developments of Hasidism, which enters into that world both as a scholar looking in from the outside, and as a rabbi aware of the yearnings of faith. The new introduction is valuable in pointing to the most recent scholarship which also emphasizes women in Hasidic life ... this is a valuable book which is a pleasure to read.'
'His work is remarkably well done, with profound scholarship but presented in a readable and absorbing manner.'
Times Educational Supplement
Edition: New edition
Size: 215 x 135 x 12 mm
Publication: November 1, 1993
Series: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization