Many works on the history and philosophy of Chassidism have recently become available, in popular editions of the original writings and modern translations. They fill a recognized need in a time of ever-increasing interest in the mystical dimension of traditional Judaism. A historic milestone in this development was reached with the publication of an annotated translation of the Tanya, classic work of Jewish theology and mysticism and the fundamental text of Chabad-Chassidism. These publications made much of Chassidism accessible to those seeking its enlightenment and inspiration. Nonetheless, there remained a serious need for an introductory tract to explain basic doctrines and concepts originating in the Kabbalah, and underlying and pervading the profound teachings of Chassidism. Mystical Concepts in Chassidism helps to fill this gap. Originally written as an introduction to the author's translation of Igeret Hakodesh (Tanya, part lV), this book has widely been acclaimed as a significant and original contribution to the modern literature on Jewish mysticism and Chassidism. In great demand since its first appearance, Mystical Concepts in Chassidism, was reprinted under separate cover with important revisions and supplements in subsequent editions.
by Jacob Immanuel Schochet