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The Dual Personality Of The Tzadiq: Moses And Joseph

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This chapter discusses the function of the good points and their associative musical creativity in the spiritual life that is unique to the tzadiq alone. It explores Naḥman’s multifaceted perception of his own role as a tzadiq and its relationship to the doctrine of the good points. Naḥman’ saw himself as the only genuine tzadiq, not only of his own generation, but also of all the generations of the past, and even of the future. The figures of Moses and Joseph are particularly prominent, and Naḥman’ refers to both as tzadiqim. At the heart of the hasidic religious endeavour is the attempt to reach devequtadherence to or communion with God. This ideal was not a hasidic invention and its roots can be traced back to the earliest kabbalistic sources and beyond. Naḥman’ in two of his teachings accords him the title of the true leader. .

Keywords: Hasidic thought; Joseph; Mosesas; Naḥman’; tzadiq



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