One of Martin Buber’s greatest gifts to the corpus of Jewish learning was his short, yet profound book, The Way of Man, According to the Teachings of Hasidism. In six compact chapters, and through the lens of Hasidic tales, Buber helps us focus on some of the most important questions we ever ask ourselves:
· What is in my heart?
· What is my path in life?
· What is my purpose?
· Where am I? and How do I orient my journey?
· How do I get over myself?
· Where do I begin?
The class will include a brief overview of early Hasidism and how the movement came into being, and its evolution as one of a number of developments at that point in Jewish history. Our main focus will be on how Buber’s treatment of these tales becomes a part of our own story and journeys as we make our way through these challenging times in our lives.
Sponsor: Hevreh of Southern Berkshire