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It would appear tha t this hono r should likewise be shared by his
son Aaron, an accomplished studen t o f Hasidism, who already in
1924, in
had discussed Nahman. In 1952 Aaron Zeitlin
published his fa th e r ’s
Reb Nahman Braslaver,
to which he added
several chapters o f his own. His
Literarishe Essayen,
compiled by
Ezekiel Lifschutz, was published by the Congress for Jewish Cul­
ture, New York, 1980. It contains th ree essays on Nahman , going
back to the years 1933 and 1950. T h e first volume o f his Hebrew
collected essays,
Bein Emunah La-Omanut,
Yavneh, Tel-Aviv,
1980, includes a Hebrew essay on the hasidic master.
Ada Rappaport-A lbert has published two articles on Rabbi
Nahman, one in
Kiryat Sefer,
1971, concerning his jou rn ey to Erez
Israel, and the o th e r on the prac tice o f confession am ong
N ahm an’s hasidim, published in the
Bulletin of Jewish Studies,
London, 1973. H er Hebrew study o f “Self-Depreciation and Dis­
avowal o f Knowledge in Nahman o f Braslav,” based on a detailed
examination o f his works and the litera tu re on him, appeared in
Studies in Jewish Religious and Intellectual History,
presen ted to
A lexander A ltmann on the occasion o f his 70th birthday, Univer­
sity o f Alabama Press, 1979. Neal Rose’s study “Erez Israel in the
Theology o f Nahman o f Bratzlav” was published in the
Journal of
Hebraic Studies
in 1970.
Aharon Appelfeld, the Israeli novelist, edited
an an tho l­
ogy o f selections from the works o f Rabbi Nahman, D epartm en t
o f Education and Culture, World Zionist Organization, Je ru sa ­
lem, 1973. Elie
'WieseYs Souls on Fire,
Random House, New York,
1972, contains a chap ter on Nahman with a free rende ring o f
some o f his stories and a discussion o f N ahm an ’s personality. An
idealized po rtra it o f the hasidic master was presented by Yaakov
Even-Hen in his Hebrew biography,
Rabbi Nahman mi-Braslav,
published by Mabua, Kiryat Noar, Jerusa lem , in 1980. Efraim
Shmueli, in his book
Adam Ba-Mazor
(Man in Siege, Tel Aviv,
Yahdav, 1981), a collection o f studies in literature, existentialism
and the philosophy o f in terpre tation , has drawn an interesting
parallel between N ahman and Kafka.
In a recent issue o f the historical quarterly
(vol. XLV, no. 3,
1980), there appea red an article by Yehuda Liebes, a s tuden t of
Kabbalah, on N ahm an ’s
Ha-Tikkun Ha-Kelali,
an anthology of
psalms and penitential prayers aiming to “correct” the moral
defects caused by sin. This
Liebes argues, may be related