Tag Archives: Martin Buber's "Tales of the Hasidim: The Early Masters"
The Right Way to Act An essay of mine with that title, excerpted from my Good Look at Evil, is now posted on academia.edu. It’s on the question of how to conduct oneself during one’s Holocaust. The title is meant … Continue reading →
Sanctifying the Name Christians have the concept of martyrdom, from a term of Greek derivation that means witness. The martyr refuses to renounce her faith despite all that the world can throw against it. The corresponding Jewish figure does something … Continue reading →
How Did I Get To Be This Happy? If I put this question to an existentialist, the answer would be: “Because you’re inauthentic. You walk around in bad faith.” The human situation can be deemed absurd (if you’re feeling French) … Continue reading →
Forgiveness Revisited Lately I’ve come to a new attitude toward forgiveness and, for me, it’s a really great change. You might say, it’s a move closer to the Christian view, but that would be misleading. The change was prompted by … Continue reading →
The Baal Shem Tov The Baal Shem Tov (Master of the Good Name) is the preeminent Hassidic master, the 18th-century founder (1700-1760) and prototype of any follower who practices in that tradition. His very presence was said to be a … Continue reading →