Rainbow Hasidism in America - The Maturation of Jewish Renewal: A Review Essay of "Wrapped in a Holy Frame: The Teachings"

By Shaul Magid

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), Spring 2004

The author extensively summarizes and comments on Wrapped in a Holy Flame, its contents, goals, and socio-historical context. The book, he asserts, is much better organized, structured as a collection of Hasidic teachings and stories according to Hasidic masters. However, underlying this seemingly non-ideological guise, it is a radical reconstruction of Hasidic spirituality. It seeks to do what Paradigm Shift and his other works do not -- it is Reb Zalman's attempt to place himself in a particular modern trajectory as a Jewish theologian of Hasidism. In short, it is his personal summa of Jewish Renewal. In this work, one can most readily discover Reb Zalman's "project", although it is easily missed if one reads it only for the retelling of Hasidic teachings.

Topic: Theology, Hasidim, Spirituality, Reconstructionist Judaism, Chasidim, Hasidism, Renewal Judaism

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol. 68/No. 2

Page Number(s): 34-60

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Magid, Shaul. Rainbow Hasidism in America - The Maturation of Jewish Renewal: A Review Essay of "Wrapped in a Holy Frame: The Teachings". The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA),Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). Spring 2004: 34-60. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5875


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