R. Nathan Sternhartz’s Liqquṭei tefilot and the Formation of Bratslav Hasidism

One of the more astounding books produced by Bratslav Hasidism is Liqquṭei tefilot (1822–1827), composed by R. Nathan Sternhartz of Nemirov, which established a whole new genre in Bratslav literature. This article discusses the book’s genesis, publication, and primary goals, as well as the controver...

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Main Author: Meʾir, Yonatan 1975- (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
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Published: 2016
In: The journal of Jewish thought & philosophy
Year: 2016, Volume: 24, Issue: 1, Pages: 60-94
Further subjects: B Bratslav Hasidism Hasidism Jewish mysticism Kabbalah
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Summary: One of the more astounding books produced by Bratslav Hasidism is Liqquṭei tefilot (1822–1827), composed by R. Nathan Sternhartz of Nemirov, which established a whole new genre in Bratslav literature. This article discusses the book’s genesis, publication, and primary goals, as well as the controversy it generated. The new Bratslav theology that emerged after the death of Rabbi Naḥman led to disputes, both internal and external, over the role and character of R. Nathan. Examining this particularly obscure chapter in the early history of Bratslav Hasidism sheds light on the movement as it exists today in all its diversity, both ideological and social.
ISSN: 1477-285X
DOI: 10.1163/1477285X-12341269
Persistent identifiers: DOI "10.1163/1477285X-12341269"