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The Way of Man: According to the Teachings of Hasidism: According to the Teaching of Hasidim (Routledge Classics) [Paperback]

Martin Buber
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4 April 2002 0415278295 978-0415278294 2
Martin Buber was one of the most significant religious thinkers of the twentieth century. In this short and remarkable book he presents the essential teachings of Hasidism, the mystical Jewish movement which swept through Eastern Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Told through stories of imagination and spirit, together with Buber's own unique insights, The Way of Man offers us a way of understanding ourselves and our place in a spiritual world. 'There is something', he suggests, 'that can only be found in one place. It is a great treasure, which may be called the fulfilment of existence. The place where this treasure can be found is the place on which one stands.' Challenging us to recognize our own potential and to reach our true goal, The Way of Man is a life-enhancing book.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (4 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415278295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415278294
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a delightful book...Buber has distilled the essence of Hasidic wisdom -- Jewish Review

To read Martin Buber is to encounter an extraordinary soul - and to risk changing your life...Unique, exhilarating and profound -- David Wolpe, Author of Why Be Jewish?

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Martin Buber (1878 - 1965) Jewish theologian and philosopher.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Enjoyable 24 Jan 2010
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This book is very small, only 33 pages long, but it is a great outline of hasidism and its thoughts on how people are best able to live in a fulfilled way with others and before God. Taking us through each step, using traditional tales of the chassidim to illustrate clearly, Buber presents what he believes 'the way of man' is (meaning how people can flourish in the world before God). It is indeed a book about how to truely be yourself in fullness. Rabbi Zusya is quoted "In the world to come I shall not be asked: "Why were you not Moses?" I shall be asked "Why were you not Zusya?" ".

The book is not at all difficult to read, and certainly not just for hasidic jews. I am not, and I still find Buber enormously enjoyable to read and insightful. I would also highly recommend his book 'Between Man and Man' to anyone interested in Buber's social philosophy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true gift 4 Jan 2013
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I found this little gem of a book through a number of citations within Stewardship by Peter Block. It was offered to him as a gift and he suggests the same sentiment is extended to others.

Potential readers should not be deterred by the theological philosophy. In just 33 pages, 6 stories are told with a gentle warmth, tentatively explained with a deep and powerful wisdom which for me transcends any religious contexts, giving an opportunity for simple personal enlightenment.

A true gift of a book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The wisdom of Buber 18 May 2007
By Shalom Freedman - Published on Amazon.com
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Buber is one of the great original thinkers of modern Judaism. He reads here six Hasidic tales and infuses them with his own fundamental perceptions as to the nature of the religious life. He writes with grace and power. And there is in his interpretations and retellings a sense of the holy and the inspired.
5.0 out of 5 stars the true road less travelled 21 Jun 2013
By Dr. Stephen Muse - Published on Amazon.com
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I teach a graduate counseling course on Martin Buber's anthropology and philosophy of dialogue as it illumines the art and science of pastoral counseling. A rabbi at a workshop I did for military chaplains told me about it. It is a gem - one of the top ten books I have ever read. It is without question my favorite book of Buber's ouvre. All of 41 pages, it sets forth in very simple and poignant way, the essence of the I-Thou encounter rooted in the personal dialogue between God and humanity. If you want to read the Bible in order to realize that God is not an idea or a belief but One wh is wholly "Other" yet approaching you directly, intimately and accompanying you every minute of life, read this book. If you want to enter the "way" that leads to becoming fully human and living with others in real community, read this book. In our age of information acquisition and craving for new experiences to break through the numbing of our hearts, and the sleep of our conscience, what Buber speaks about in the "Way of Man" is truly an invitation to the "road less travelled."
5.0 out of 5 stars A breathtaking reading 5 July 2012
By Grosz Frideric Ivan - Published on Amazon.com
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Martin Buber is one of the greatest thinkers of all times. I think that nobody approached the question of human existence, with so much understanding, warm and humanity. He fills with meaning the man's life. This book is a masterpiece. I recommand if for reading and education.
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