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In this book I have set myself two primary goals. First, to examine the overall role of mysticism in the thought of Martin Buber: the part it played during the early stages of his thought and creativity, known as pre-dialogic; during the later period, known as the dialogical period; and the relationship between these two periods, from the perspective of the role of mysticism within his thought. Second, to examine the manner in which Hasidic and Kabbalistic teachings were internalized within Buber's thought. In the final analysis, these two goals merge in the presentation of Buber's thought as a model of Jewish spirituality with distinctly mystical elements that flourished against the background of Hasidic sources, while preserving its independence in relation to them. The author will begin by relating briefly to his second goal; thereafter will devote a more detailed discussion to the issue of mysticism in relation to Buber.

Keywords: hasidic teaching; jewish spirituality; kabbalistic teachings; martin buber



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