By Rabbi Aryeh Wineman
The lecturers of Hasidism gave new existence to the literary culture of parable, a narrative that teaches a non secular or ethical fact. In The Hasidic Parable, acclaimed writer Aryeh Wineman takes readers throughout the nice works of the hasidic storytellers. Telling parables, explains Rabbi Wineman, used to be a method that the hasidic masters used to foster an intensive shift in puzzling over God, the realm, and the values and norms of spiritual existence. even supposing those parables date again 2 hundred years or extra, they take care of ethical and non secular subject matters and matters nonetheless appropriate at the present time. each one is followed via notes and observation by means of the writer that light up their ideological importance and their ancient roots and historical past. those parables were culled from classical hasidic homiletic texts, selected due to their literary characteristics, their rationalization of key innovations within the hasidic world-view, and likewise due to what they are saying to us concerning the conflicts and tensions accompanying Hasidism's emergence and development.
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55 (Degel mabane E/rayim) 6 In another version of the parable in the same text, recalling Abraham's status as a resident alien in the land of Canaan (Genesis 23:4), Efrayim of Sedilikov added in the nimshal, 'The "The Patriarchs lived as strangers in this world, and the two strangers, God and the Patriarch ... befriended one another" (Degel ma~ane Efrayim). 7 Without ignoring the social, historical, and geographical alienation (galuO,, these parables nevertheless negate any involved in living in exile (galut) sense that the Jew in exile is necessarily living in a state of alienation from God.
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