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A Bibliography

Of Hasidic Stories and Storytelling

This is a partial list of the titles available in English.
In time, this list will be expanded and further annotated.
See also: Books from Jason Aronson (book descriptions provided by the publisher of several books of Hasidic stories and commentary.)

Table of Contents


Hasidism: General Books

These books attempt to describe the general beliefs and practices of the Hasidic movement, either as it has existed in its history or as it is interpreted in the present.

Some are organized by area of belief; others take a historical approach, describing the beliefs of the historical leaders of the movement.

Several of these volumes complement their analysis and historical narrative with Hasidic stories.

Aron, Dr. Milton. Ideas and Ideals of the Hassidim.Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Pr, 1980.

Buber, Martin. Hasidism and Modern Man.Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1996.

Buber, Martin. Martin Buber's Ten Rungs: Collected Hasidic Sayings.New York: Citadel Press, 1995.

Buber, Martin. The Origin and Meaning of Hasidism.Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1993.

Dan, Joseph. The Teachings of Hasidism.New York: Behrman House, Inc., 1983.

Kaplan, Rabbi Aryeh. The Light Beyond: Adventures in Hassidic Thought.NY: Maznaim, 1981.

Lowenkopf, Anne N. The Hasidim: Mystical Adventurers and Ecstatics.Los Angeles: Sherbourne Press, 1973.

Rabinowicz, H. A Guide to Hassidism.New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1960.

Rabinowicz, Harry M. Hasidism: The Movement and Its Masters.Northvale NJ: Jason Aronson Inc., 1988.

Steinsaltz, Adin. Beggars and Prayers.New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1985.


Hasidism: Special Topics

The books in this section each describe some aspect of Hasidic belief or practice. Boteach, Shmuel. The Wolf Shall Lie With the Lamb.Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1993.

Buxbaum, Yitzhak. Storytelling and Spirituality in Judaism.Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1994.

Dresner, Samuel H. The Zaddik: The Doctrine of the Zaddik According to the Writings of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef of Polnoy.New York: Schocken, 1974.

Jacobs, Louis. Hasidic Prayer.Washington: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 1993.

Nigal, Gedalyah. Magic, Mysticism, and Hasidism: The Supernatural in Jewish Thought.Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1994.

Schachter, Zalman M.and Edward HoffmanSparks of Light: Counseling in the Hasidic Tradition.Boulder, CO: Shambhala, 1983.

Schochet, Jacob. Mystical Concepts in Chassidism.Brooklyn, NY: Kehot Publication Society, 1988.


The Hasidic Movement: History and Sociology

By and large, the books in this section are written from an external, academic point of view. They represent attempts by non-Hasidim to chronicle and understand the history of the Hasidic movement or the nature of Hasidic society. They often provide points of view that contrast with those in the books in the first section, above. Harris, Lis. Holy Days: The World of a Hasidic Family.New York: Macmillan, 1985.

Heschel, Abraham J. The Circle of the Baal Shem Tov.Chicago: Univ of Chi Pr, 1985.

Hundert, Gershon David. Essential Papers on Hasidism: Origins to Present.New York: New York University Press, 1991.

Idel, Moshe. Hasidism: Between Ecstasy and Magic.Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1995.

Mintz, Jerome R. Hasidic People: A Place in the New World.Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1994.

Rosman, Moshe. Founder of Hasidism: A Quest for the Historical Ba'al Shem Tov.Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996.

Safran, Bezalel. Hasidism: Continuity or Innovation?.Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies, 1988.


Hasidism: Particular Masters

These books, some of which contain stories, focus on the life or teachings of one or more particular Hasidic leaders. Finkel, Avraham. The Great Chasidic Masters.Northvale, NJ: Jacob Aronson Inc, 1992.

Fox, Joseph. Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk.New York: Bash Publications, 1988.

Heschel, Abraham Joshua. A Passion for Truth.New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1973.

Kaplan, Rabbi Aryeh. Chasidic Masters and Their Teachings.Brooklyn, NY: Maznaim, 1984.

Kaplan, Rabbi Aryeh. Rabbi Nachman's Teachings: Sichos HaRan.Brooklyn, NY: Rabbi A. Weinstock, 1985.

Schochet, J. Immanuel. The Great Maggid, Volume 1: Life and Teachings of Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezhirech.Brooklyn, NYj: Kehot Publication Soc., 1978.


Hasidic Stories: Collections with Interpretations

The following books, both based on Buber's collections (see the next section, below), contain stories as well as interpretations of the psychological wisdom embedded in the stories.

Friedman, Maurice. A Dialogue with Hasidic Tales.NY: Human Sciences Pr, 1988.

Polsky, Howard W. & Yaella Wozner. Everyday Miracles: The Healing Wisdom of Hasidic Stories.Northvale NJ: Jacob Aronson, 1989.


Hasidic Stories: Collections

These books are primarily collections of Hasidic stories. Although most are anthologies of rewritten traditional tales, some are newly created (Schwartz's Dream Assembly), some border on fiction (Buber's For the Sake of Heaven), and some contain substantial commentary on the masters who are subjects of the tales (Wiesel's Souls on Fire). Band, Arnold J. Nahman of Bratslav: the Tales.NY: Paulist Press, 1978.

Buber, Martin. For the Sake of Heaven.New York: Meridian, 1958.

Buber, Martin. The Legend of the Baal-Shem.New York: Schocken Books, 1969.

Buber, Martin. Tales of the Hasidim: Early Masters.NY: Schocken, 1973.

Carlebach, Shlomo, and Susan Yael Mesinai. Shlomo's Stories: Selected Tales.Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1994.

Chitrik, Yehudah. From My Father's Shabbos Table: A Treasury of Chabad Chassidic Stories.Jerusalem: Vagshal, Ltd., 1991.

Klapholz, Yisroel Yaakov. Tales of the Baal Shem Tov, Volumes I-V.Bnei Brak, Israel: Pe'er Hasefer, 1970-1980.

Klein, Eliahu. Meetings With Remarkable Souls: Legends of the Baal Shem Tov.Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1995.

Krohn, Rabbi Paysach J. The Maggid Speaks.Brooklyn, NY: Mesorah Publications, Ltd., 1989.

Mintz, Jerome. Legends of the Hassidim.Chicago: Univ of Chicago Pr, 1974.

Moskowitz, Iraand Isaac Bashevis SingerThe Hasidim.New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1993.

Newman, Louis I. The Hasidic Anthology.Northvale NJ: Jason Aronson, 1987.

Patai, Joseph. Souls and Secrets: Hasidic Stories.Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1995.

Rabinowicz, Harry M. The Hasidic Story Book.London: Shem Tov Publications, 1984.

Rappel, Yoel. Yearning for the Holy Land: Hassidic Tales of Israel.NY: Adama Books, 1986.

Raz, Simcha. This World and the World to Come: Hasidic Legends.Lakewood, NJ: Yahdav, n.d.

Schwartz, Howard. The Dream Assembly.Amity, New York: Amity House, 1988.

Staiman, Mordechai. Niggun: Stories behind the Chaisidic Songs that Inspire Jews.Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1994.

Wiesel, Elie. Souls on Fire: Portraits and Legends of Hasidic Masters.New York: Random House, 1972.

Zevin, Rabbi S. A Treasury of Chassidic Tales on the Torah.New York: Mesorah Publications, 1994.


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