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This book examines the mystical elements in Martin Buber's thought as a whole, and in doing so identifies the direction of development of his mystical thought: namely, from that which emphasizes the experience of the individual and his unifying activity in the ground of the soul, to mysticism which is also ethos. Compared with the descriptions of mystics from the pre-modern period, Buber's mysticism is easier to comprehend. In the second part of the book he examines the path leading from Hasidic sources to Buber's thought. Buber's thought may be seen as the sequel to an existing tendency in Hasidism to impose the essence of Kabbalah on man's life and his path towards God. Buber's dialogical thought unites with his outlook regarding the mystery of the earth in such a way that the entry into the dialogical field is also the entry into the realm of mystery.

Keywords: dialogical principle; Hasidism; Kabbalah; Martin Buber; mystery of the earth; mysticism



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