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Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Other name (s) Course Instructor’s name Course Code Date of Submission The Legend of the Baal-Shem by Martin Buber The book “The legend of Baal-Shem” by Martin Buber is an interesting book that critically offers a descriptive account of the Jewish Hasidim as well as translations of numerous stories that describe the life of the sect’s founder who was known as Baal-Shem Tov which is generally translated as Master of God’s name.
In the first few chapters, martin Buber reveals the struggle of self understanding of the Jewish people that was particularly driven by their experience of alienation. From a literary perspective, Buber uses a cohesive literary composition to depict a new social dimension that was particularly founded by Baal-Shem Tov. The descriptive account of the twenty stories contained in the book is largely about the life of Hasidim and its founder, Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer who was popularly known as Baal-Shem. Most of the stories contained in “The legend of the Baal-Shem” were largely oral stories that were compiled by Baal-Shem Tov’s disciples who often described his immense spriritual powers, knowledge and ability to predict the future (Dynner, 68). According to Hasidism, the Jewish people have always been associated with myth since the ancient times and this has particularly endangered Judaism. Consequently Buber argues that a positive religion should be based on the simplification of the manifold forces that subdue the fullness of existence. ...
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