Tales of the Hasidim

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Tales of the Hasidim is a book of collected tales by Martin Buber. It is based on stories—both written and spoken—based in the Hasidim.[1] Buber wrote these tales based on the lore of the Baal Shem Tov. Many of the stories are parables passed down via both the written and spoken word.[2]


The work is an amalgam of tales based on the Midrash. Buber's collection includes a focus on the theme of non-judgment. Rebbes in the work often chastise followers for pious behavior and reward those who keep the spirit and tradition of Judaism alive. Some of the tales in the book (sometimes referred to as "The Early Masters") constitute mysticism.[3] Buber intended to show how important a sense of community was to the Hasidim rather than expound dogma,[4] although Chaim Potok remarked that Buber "romanticized" his subjects.[5]

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  1. ^ Tales of the Hasidim: The Early Masters. M Buber - O. Marx, New York: Schocken Books, 1947
  2. ^ Wrapped in a holy flame: teachings and tales of the Hasidic masters.Z Schachter-Shalomi… - 2003 - Jossey-Bass
  3. ^ Sigmund Freud and the Jewish mystical tradition. D Bakan - 1969 - Schocken Books
  4. ^ Martin Buber and the human sciences. MS Friedman - 1996 - books.google.com
  5. ^ Martin Buber. M Buber - Information Theory, 1950 - books.google.com