Anecdotal history of the origins of Chasidism.
The reader is transported
back through the centuries, to a time when the oppressed and persecuted
Jews of Eastern Europe were in desperate need of spiritual reawakening.
The nistarim, "hidden holy men" steeped in Kabbalah, travelled incognito
from village to village, teaching Torah to the masses, spreading joy and
hope and a new sense of wonder among the broken-hearted.
These are true tales, peopled with brilliant scholars and simple cobblers,
princes, and dreamers, giants of the spirit, known and unknown figures
of the past. We meet the saintly Baalei-Shem, forerunners of Rabbi
Yisroel Baal Shem Tov, and the ancestors of Rabbi Schneur Zalman, founder
of Chabad-Lubavitch, whose lineage is traced to the illustrious Maharal
The Memoirs are a must for students of Jewish history
and mysticism, and for lovers of Chasidic lore.