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Hasidic Commentary on the Torah$
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Ora Wiskind-Elper

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764128

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764128.001.0001

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Dimensions of Collective Self-Understanding

Dimensions of Collective Self-Understanding

(p.23) One Dimensions of Collective Self-Understanding
Hasidic Commentary on the Torah

Ora Wiskind-Elper

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses some dimensions of self-understanding in the early generations of Hasidism. It analyses how collective self-image is expressed through the Hasidic masters' choice of motifs and themes. It also mentions the cogent subtext at work in the masters' discourses, as well as their ironic response to opponents of Hasidism and a strong assertion of identity. The chapter considers some central elements of motifs and images that Hasidic authors develop, which appear in a wide range of Hasidic homiletical works. It explores the originality of derashot lies that can be found in earlier Jewish sources and discusses ethos and sensibility that the Ba'al Shem Tov developed in his teachings and bequeathed to his followers.

Keywords:   Hasidism, Hasidic masters, motifs, themes, homiletical works, derashot lies, Ba'al Shem Tov

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