CONTEMPORARY USES AND FORMS OF HASIDUT (The Orthodox Forum)

CONTEMPORARY USES AND FORMS OF HASIDUT (The Orthodox Forum)
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    CONTEMPORARY USES AND FORMS OF HASIDUT (The Orthodox Forum)
    CURRENTLY ONLY AVAILABLE IN THE U.S.

    edited by Shlomo Zuckier
    Shmuel Hain, Series Editor
    Robert S. Hirt, Founding Chair & Series Editor (1988-2013)

    Hardcover, 516 Pages
    Yeshiva University Press, KTAV Publishing House, Urim Publications, April 2022
    ISBN978-1-60280-398-5

    Recent years have seen a shift in the approach to religious life among members of the Israeli Religious Zionist and the American Modern Orthodox communities. The trend towards spirituality, and to Hasidic teachings and practices in particular, is noteworthy and deserving of exploration. This volume provides sociological information and historical context situating this trend, explores relevant themes of Hasidic theology and praxis, and takes stock of new directions in Hasidut and spirituality. A range of leading American and Israeli thinkers – rabbis and philosophers, anthropologists and theologians – weigh in on these trends.


    About the Editor
    Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier, the editor of this volume, is the Simon and Ethel Flegg Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies at McGill University. He recently completed a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Yale University and his tenure as a member of Yeshiva University’s Kollel Elyon. A Founder of The Lehrhaus, he previously served as Director of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Yale University. Rabbi Zuckier is an alumnus of Yeshivat Har Etzion and Yeshiva University (B.A., M.A., semikhah), as well as of the Wexner, Tikvah, and Kupietzky Kodshim Fellowships. He serves on the editorial committee of Tradition and is co-editor of Torah and Western Thought: Intellectual Portraits of Orthodoxy and Modernity. Shlomo has taught at Yale Divinity School, Yeshiva College, the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, the Drisha Institute, Bnot Sinai, and Tikvah programs. His articles have appeared in the Torah u-Madda Journal, Tradition, The Lehrhaus, and Mosaic, as well as in journals of ancient Judaism.


    Contributors
    Rabbi Yitzchak Blau 
    Rabbi Reuven Boshnack 
    Dr. Yaakov Elman, z”l
    Dr. Miriam Feldmann Kaye
    Dr. Shlomo Fischer 
    Dr. Paul Franks
    Rabbi Shmuel Hain
    Dr. David Landes, z”l
    Dr. Ariel Evan Mayse
    Rabbi Yakov Nagen 
    Dr. Nehemia Polen 
    Rabbi Zev Reichman
    Alex Sztuden
    Rabbi Yehuda Turetsky
    Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier



    Contents
    Defining Neo-Hasidut: Then and Now 
    Shlomo Zuckier, Editor
    Part I: Hasidic Thought in Mitnagdic Thinkers
    1. Pahad Yitzhak and Its Sources: An Opening Inquiry 
    Yaakov Elman
    2. Beyond the Ban: Rav Dessler’s Vision of a Yeshiva
    Combining Lithuanian Lomdut, Chabad, and Polish Hasidut 
    Paul Franks
    3. “Everyone Asks Where He Is”: Mystical-Hasidic Elements
    in U-Vikkashtem mi-Sham 
    Alex Sztuden
    Part II: Recent (Neo-)Hasidic Thinkers
    4. The Development of Neo-Hasidism: Echoes and
    Repercussions 
    Ariel Evan Mayse
    5. Niggun as Spiritual Practice, with Special Focus on the
    Writings of Rabbi Kalonymus Shapira, the Rebbe of
    Piaseczna 
    Nehemia Polen
    6. The Use of Hasidism in Responding to the Challenges of
    Postmodernism and Technology: The Case of Rav Shagar 
    Miriam Feldmann Kaye
    Part III: Sociology of Contemporary Neo-Hasidut
    7. Post-Kookism and Neo-Hasidut 
    Shlomo Fischer
    8. The Year in Israel Has Changed: Neo-Hasidut and
    American Modern Orthodoxy 
    Yehuda Turetsky
    9. Didan Notzach: Toward a Hasidic Modern Orthodoxy 
    David Landes
    Part IV: Theological Perspectives on Neo-Hasidut
    10. Om Shalom: East Meets West in the Jewish Spirituality
    Renaissance 
    Yakov Nagen
    11. Or Penimi: Why Penimiyut ha-Torah Might Help
    Reinvigorate Our Synagogues 
    Zev Reichman
    12. The Appeal of Neo-Hasidut in the Twenty-First Century 
    Reuven Boshnack
    13. Hesitations Regarding Contemporary Neo-Hasidut
    Yitzchak Blau



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