Originally published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 42:1 (1974), pp. 142, 144-6. Hasidic Prayer. By LOUIS JACOBS. New York: Schocken Books, 1973. 195 pages. $8.95 hb. L.C. No. 72-86765. Louis Jacobs’ Hasidic Prayer is the newest in a constantly proliferating number of works on or about Hasidism. Rabbi Jacobs’ works in the field of Jewish mysticism are well known and equally well respected. He has, for example, published ... Continue Reading ➨
From its very beginnings, the hasidic movement was suffused with a joyous enthusiasm and optimism derived from the notion of God being in all things. This led to an insistence on joy as an essential element in divine worship and a distinctive attitude to prayer. In this classic work, Louis Jacobs examines the hasidic rebbes' works and records preserved by their disciples. Copious quotations from these writings form a sound basis for his masterly analysis and enable the reader to gain a familiarity with Hasidic thought on the subject of divine worship at first hand.
Hasidic Prayer. By Louis Jacobs. Routledge. £3. In the mid-eighteenth century Eastern Europe gave birth to Hasidism, the greatest revival movement in Jewish history. Hasidic philosophy has added a new dimension to daily life and some three thousand works of Hasidic literature have enriched the minds of men. Like all new religious sects throughout the ages Hasidim were at first persecuted, their principles distorted and their practices ... Continue Reading ➨
Originally published in the National Jewish Monthly, May 1979. Hasidic Prayer by Louis Jacobs. Schocken Books. 195 pp. $3.95. In most of the major cities of the United States and in a good many college towns, Hasidim, sometimes in full dress, are not unusual sights. The Lubavitch Hasidim have built a network of Habad houses and established hasidic synagogues and schools all over the world in an effort to fight assimilation, to deepen Jewish ... Continue Reading ➨