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Discourses by : Rabbi
Menachem M. Schneerson
Translated and Adapted by:
Rabbi Alter B. Metzger
These forty seven discourses on the
Jewish Festivals give an overview of the primary concepts of Chabad Chasidus
and address the dynamics of a Jew`s relationship with G-d, community, and
himself. A satisfying compendium of profound subjects carefully and
clearly elucidated by a master writer and teacher.
"Insightful, moving, mystical and
suffused with love of the Jewish people and its faith, these essays open
new doors of understanding into the thought of one of the greatest spiritual
leaders of modern times."
Professor Jonathan Sacks
of the United Hebrew
of the Commonwealth
Perspectives: A Festival Anthology is ably translated into English
and deftly adapted for contemporary readers by Rabbi Alter B. Metzger and
features an impressive and thoughtful essays written by Rabbi Menachem
M. Schneerson, The Lubavitcher Rebbe, about traditional Jewish holidays
such as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Chanukah, Shavuot, and more. Each penetrating,
scholarly essay shows a meticulous insight into the history, understanding,
and visceral meaning of these celebrated days, and ponders at length the
role these holidays play in personal and family life, as well as in the
ritual observation of the Jewish faith. Chasidic Perspectives is
a welcome and highly recommended contribution for Judaic Studies supplemental
reading lists and academic reference collections.
transmits in beautiful translation the divrei Torah and Chasidus of the
Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory, whose words illuminate so many hearts
andwhose teachings have been so influential in American Jewish life."
Lawrence H. Schiffman
Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
fresh insight into the festivals and great themes of Jewish life
"...achieves the near impossible:
capturing the flavor and nuance of the Rebbe`s words as well as their basic
message...The reader is sure to find the messsage clearly delivered, comprehensible,
and above all, translatable into his own religious practice."
-Rabbi Tzvi Hersh
Executive Vice President
Union of Orthodox Congregations
"...an excellent way for `outsiders`
to the Hasidic world to gain entree and insight into typical Hasidic thought."
Rabbi Issaac Elchonon Theological
Rabbi Dr. Alter B.Z. Metzger is a
professor of Jewish Studies at Stern College. He has written widely on
chasidic thought and and history. A dynamic speaker and teacher, Rabbi
Metzger is in demand as a lecturer. He served on a team of simultaneous
translators of the talks of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel
Schneerson, for 18 years. His column, The Golden Chain has been
featured for over 25 years in Di Yiddishe Heim, published by the
Lubavitch Women`s Organization, a division of Machne Israel. Rabbi Metzger
resides in Brooklyn.