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Your Word is Fire: The Hasidic Masters on Contemplative Prayer 2nd Edition
 
Your Word is Fire: The Hasidic Masters on Contemplative Prayer 2nd Edition
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  • About the Author
  • Barry W. Holtz is dean of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish
    Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary, where he is also the Theodore and
    Florence Baumritter Professor of Jewish Education. His books include, among
    others, Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts and Your Word Is
    Fire: The Hasidic Masters on Contemplative Prayer
    (Jewish Lights), the latter coauthored
    with Arthur Green.

    A fully updated and revised edition of a classic text on Jewish Prayer
    The power of prayer for spiritual renewal and personal transformation is at the core of all religious traditions. Because Hasidic literature contains no systematic manual of contemplative prayer, the texts included in this volume have been culled from many sources. From the teachings of the Hasidic Masters—the Ba'al Shem Tov, the Maggid Dov Baer of Meidzyrzec, and their immediate disciples—the editors have gleaned "hints as to the various rungs of inner prayer and how they are attained."

    Hasidism, the Jewish revivalist movement that began in the late eighteenth century, saw prayer as being at the heart of religious experience and was particularly concerned with the nature of a person’s relationship with God. The obstacles to prayer discussed by the Hasidic masters—distraction, loss of spirituality, and inconstancy of purpose—feel very close to concerns of our own age. Through advice, parables, and explanations, the Hasidic masters of the past speak to our own attempts to find meaning in prayer.


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