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modern times as has this 18th Century revivalist reaction. The
works below explore the energizing ideas of early Hasidism rather
than look at contemporary hasidic life.
For the homiletical literature of Hasidism (i.e. commentaries on
the Torah), one can see Arthur Green’s translation
The Light ofthe
Eyes
(Paulist, 1982); the anthology textbook by Louis Jacobs,
Ha­
sidic Thought
(Behrman House, 1976); the thematically arranged
anthology by Joseph Dan,
The Teachings of Hasidism
(Behrman
House, 1976); and the anthology of hasidic advice and commen­
tary on prayer
Your Word is Fire: TheHasidicMasters on Contempla­
tive Prayer
(Schocken, 1948) by Arthur Green and Barry W. Holtz.
For the hasidic stories Martin Buber’s two volumes
Tales oftheHa­
sidism
(Schocken, 1948) remain classics. See also Elie Wiesel’s
Souls
onFire
(Random House, 1972).
An excellent short introduction to the literature of Hasidism
combined with close readings of selected texts is Arthur Green’s
“Teachings of the Hasidic Masters,” in
Back to the Sources: Raading
the ClassicJewish Texts.
A key essay on the historical development
ofHasidism is the final chapter of Scholem’s
Major Trends inJewish
Mysticism
(Schocken, 1961). See also the Introduction to the Jose
Dan volume mentioned above,
The Teachings ofHasidism.
Buber’s
readings of Hasidism should not be ignored. See his volume
The
Origin andMeaning ofHasidism
(Horizon, 1960).
MODERN WRIT INGS
With the modern age the term Jewish “texts” begins to take on
a new meaning. Although writers continued to use the old forms of
Midrash and exegesis, Jews began to enter the secular world and
with that entry, they began writing in the style of secular writers.
Religious concerns were expressed in theological writing and also
in fiction and poetry.
An excellent anthology in English of Hebrew writing is Robert
Alter’s
Modem Hebrew Literature
(Behrman House, 1975) as is
Warren Bargad and Stanley Chyet,
Israeli Poetry
(Indiana Univer­
sity, 1986). For Yiddish writing the great anthologies are Irving
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