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This page is devoted to the appreciation and sharing of Hasidic stories. All are welcome. The creators and adapters of these stories and essays vary in their observance of Hasidic practice; all are deeply moved and inspired by the Hasidic tradition of conveying values and soulfulness through stories.

Features of the month: Every month, this page features an article or story by a contemporary storyteller, rabbi, or other authority on Hasidic stories.


Feature!This month's feature: Young Rabbi Pesach Mendel is deeply in love. Yet his soon-to-be fiancee seems to expect their relationship to be more than it is. Could their love turn into the divine union it had been fated to be? What causes the young rabbi's sudden, life-threatening illness? How could Tisha BeAv, the holiday that mourns great tragedies in Jewish history, be the backdrop for a love story? Angels Feel No Sorrow takes on the themes of love, grieving, relationships between men and women, and our human ability to change and grow.
 

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STORIES

Hasidic stories themselves, although ideally told in-person, nonetheless retain much of their power in printed form. This collection includes stories by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Rabbi Gedaliah Fleer, Howard Schwartz, and others.

The stories are grouped according to the generation of the Hasidic rabbi around whom each story is told.

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ARTICLES

You can read articles about the background, interpretation, performance, and applications of Hasidic stories. The authors include Rabbi Gedaliah Fleer, Yitzhak Buxbaum, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Laura Simms, Rabbi Eliahu Klein, and others.

The articles are grouped according to their approach to Hasidic stories.

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RESOURCES

Available resources about Hasidic stories include:

  • A bibliography of Hasidic stories and Hasidism.
  • Annotated links to web sites include Hasidic stories or information relevant to their meaning, telling, or background.
  • The Soul of Hope is a Hasidic story with its own web site.

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