Publisher: Kehot Publication Society
Adapted By: Rabbi Alter B. Metzger
Format: 6 x 9", Hardcover, 388 pages
A collection of forty seven discourses on the Jewish Festivals that give the reader an overview of the primary concepts of Chabad Chasidus and addresses the dynamics of a Jew`s relationship with G-d, community, and himself.
A satisfying compendium of profound subjects carefully and clearly elucidated by master writer and teacher Rabbi Alter B. Metzger.
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"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."
-Rabbi Professor Jonathan Sacks
Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew
Congregations of the Commonwealth
Chasidic 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.
-Midwest Book Review
"...faithfully 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
Edelman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
New York University
provides 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 Weinreb
Executive Vice President
Union of Orthodox Congregations of America
"...an excellent way for `outsiders` to the Hasidic world to gain entree and insight into typical Hasidic thought."
Rabbi Issaac Elchonon Theological Seminary
About the Author
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.