The Encyclopedia of Hasidism
Jason Aronson, 1996 - Religion - 583 pages
The Encyclopedia of Hasidism is the first and only comprehensive English-language reference work of its kind to cover all aspects of Hasidism. Included are biographical entries on the great hasidic leaders of past and present generations and a wealth of information on hasidic principles, customs, and lore. This encyclopedia includes biographies of hasidic leaders of the past two hundred years - from the founder of the movement, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, to the leaders of the different dynasties of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Cross-referencing refers the reader to other entries containing essential supplementary material, and many entries have a select bibliography that refers the reader to other related works in both English and foreign languages.
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Hasidism, the main mystical movement in Judaism from the 18th century to the present, has had a major impact on Judaism and sparked worldwide interest among students of religion and spiritualism. This encyclopedia has hundreds of short entries--usually one to four paragraphs in length--on Hasidic concepts, movements, and personalities. When discussing such important Hasidic concepts such as dance, prayer, and education, the entries often run a page or two. Each entry is the work of either the prolific editor (The Prince Who Turned into a Rooster: 100 Tales from Hasidic Tradition, Jason Aronson, 1994) or a noted scholar. For instance, the entry on the great modern popularizer of Hasidism, Martin Buber, is written by Maurice Freedman, who has produced the standard biography of Buber. Indeed, the encyclopedia's strong point is its vast number of short biographical entries on Hasidic figures and modern non-Hasidic scholars. The standard reference work of Hasidism and the Jewish mystical tradition remains the authoritative Encyclopedia Judaica (1972). But Rabinowicz's massive work--the pages are double-columned with readable though small print--is a noteworthy addition and complement to it. Libraries with strong Judaic or religion collections will want to own it. For an informed lay audience.--Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., Ill.