The Hasidic Parable by Rabbi Aryeh Wineman
An Anthology with Commentary

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The teachers of Hasidism gave new life to the literary tradition of parable, a story that teaches a spiritual or moral truth. In The Hasidic Parable, acclaimed author Aryeh Wineman takes readers through the great works of the hasidic storytellers. Telling parables, explains Rabbi Wineman, was a strategy that the hasidic masters used to foster a radical shift in thinking about God, the world, and the values and norms of religious life. Although these parables date back 200 years or more, they deal with moral and religious themes and issues still relevant today. Each is accompanied by notes and commentary by the author that illuminate their ideological significance and their historical roots and background. These parables have been culled from classical hasidic homiletic texts, chosen because of their literary qualities, their explanation of key concepts in the hasidic world-view, and also because of what they say to us about the conflicts and tensions accompanying Hasidism's emergence and growth.

About Rabbi Aryeh Wineman

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Aryeh Wineman, a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, and of UCLA, where he earned a doctorate in Hebrew literature, is a specialist in Jewish mystic studies and their narrative tradition. His two works on the latter, Mystic Tales from the Zohar and Ethical Tales from the Kabbalah, both published by The Jewish Publication Society, are well regarded in academic and religious circles. He is rabbi at Temple Beth El in Troy, New York.
Published May 1, 2001 by The Jewish Publication Society. 220 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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(A more useful definition would also include reference to the moral or lesson drawn from the tale.) Wineman next examines the structure of the Hasidic parable and the Hasidic homily, which generally includes a parable.

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"A father sees his son playing with walnuts, and out of his love for him, the father himself joins in the child's game, even though to the father this seems like a very childish thing.

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