Wednesday, June 29, 2016

One God, Many Worlds: Teachings of a Renewed Hasidism

One God, Many Worlds: Teachings of a Renewed Hasidism: A Festschrift in Honor of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z"l has highs and lows.  The first half of the book holds the most interest. It is composed of tales told by Rabbi Zalman’s Chasidic rebbes, with a modern, updated flavor.  One would imagine some contextualized material about Chassidism was also removed or altered.  Overall, this part of the book is informative and inspiring.

But the volume peters out somewhere in the middle.  At this point, the content is less informative, and the format and themes do not belong in the book. Do we really need Matisyahu lyrics?  The rest is throw away material to take up pages and little else.

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