Sefer Chasidim: The Book of the Pious

Judah Ben Samuel, Avraham Yaakov Finkel

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Anno: 1996
Rilegatura: Hardback
Pagine: 448 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 229 x 152 mm
Peso: 794 gr.
  • EAN: 9781568219202

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Written by Rabbi Yehudah HeChasid in the late twelfth century, Sefer Chasidim is a unique and engaging ethical work that addresses the concerns of everyday life. In this first-ever translation into English, Avraham Yaakov Finkel has reorganized the work topically for clarity and easy reference, at last making this important text available to a wider audience. Although written more than seven-hundred years ago, the author's observations on the world are strikingly relevant to the contemporary scene. The work of addresses subjects ranging from love of God, Torah study, and the after-life, to choosing a mate, financial matters, and anger. Scattered throughout the book, Rabbi Yehudah HeChasid includes examples of actual life experiences to illustrate moral lessons. The original work has been a favorite of both scholars and laypeople for its straightforward style, in contrast to other medieval writings on ethics that are largely theoretical and reflective. Rabbi Yehudah HeChasid was born in Speyer, Germany, ca. 1150, about fifty years after the Jews of the region were massacred in the First Crusade of 1096, and only three years after the mobs of the Second Crusade killed thousands of Jews throughout Germany. He is the most prominent of the chasidei Ashkenaz, the German pietists (not to be confused with the chasidic movement founded by the Baal Shem Tov) who stressed strong and simple faith. He is also one of the Rishonim, the early Talmudic sages who expounded on the Talmud and halachah - other Rishonim include Rashi, Maimonides, and Nachmanides. Remarkably, the Jewish people of Rabbi Yehudah HeChasid's time were concerned with the same philosophical questions asked by Jews today: Whilesociety around us is in constant flux, how can we find inner space? How can we manage to live in harmony with ourselves, our families, and our neighbors? What does God want from us? The challenged brought by Rabbi Yehudah HeChasid in his stories and teachings is to practice self-exam
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