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Aesthetics of Renewal: Martin Buber's Early Representation of Hasidism as Kulturkritik

Martina Urban


Martin Buber's embrace of Hasidism at the start of the twentieth century was instrumental to the revival of this popular form of Jewish mysticism. Hoping to instigate a Jewish cultural and spiritual renaissance, Buber published a series of anthologies of Hasidic teachings written in German to introduce the tradition to a wide audience. This book closely analyzes his writings and sources to explore his interpretation of Hasidic spirituality as a form of cultural criticism. For Buber, Hasidic legends and teachings were not a static, canonical body of knowledge, but were dynamic and open to conti ... More

Keywords: Hasidism, Jewish mysticism, Martin Buber, Hasidic teachings, collective identity, Jews, cultural criticism, Hasidic spirituality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226842707
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226842738.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martina Urban, author