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In Souls on Fire: Portraits and Legends of Hasidic Masters, Elie Wiesel reenters, like an impassioned pilgrim, the universe of Hasidism. "When I am asked about my Jewish affiliation, I define myself as a Chassid, " writes the author. "Chassid I was, Chassid I remain". Yet Souls on Fire is not a simple chronological history of Hasidism, nor is it a comprehensive book on its subject. Rather, Elie Wiesel has captured the essence of Hasidism through tales, legends, parables, sayings, and deeply personal reflections. His book is a testimony, not a study. Hasidism is revealed from within and not analyzed from the outside. "Listen attentively, " Elie Wiesel's grandfather told him, "and above all, remember that true tales are meant to be transmitted - to keep them to oneself is to betray them". As a critic appearing on the front page of The New York Times Book Review has written, "The judgment has been offered before: Elie Wiesel is one of the great writers of this generation". Wiesel does not merely tell us, but draws, with the hand of a master, the portraits of the leaders of the movement that created a revolution in the Jewish world. Souls on Fire is a loving, personal affirmation of Judaism, written with words and with silence. The author brings his profound knowledge of the Bible, the Talmud, Kabbala, and the Hasidic tale and song to this masterpiece, showing us that Elie Wiesel is perhaps our generation's most fervid "soul on fire".
Session One: We begin: May 28, 2017
Topics include: The baal shems and Rebbe Israel Baal Shem Tov, The BESHT.
Session Two: June 4, 2017
Topics include: The Baal Shem Tov, His Disciples Part One.
Session Three: June 11, 2017
Topics include: The Baal Shem Tov, The Maggid of Mezeritch, Yaakov-Yosseph, Reb Menahem -Mendle
Session Four: June 25, 2017
Topics include: The Baal Shem Tov, The Maggid of Mezeritch.
Session Five: July 2,2017
Topics include: The Baal Shem Tov, His Desciples Part Two, Reb Levi-Yitzhak of Birditchev.
Session Six: July 9, 2017
Topic includes: Reb Levi-Yitzhak of Birditchev, Reb Elimelekh of Lizensk, and his brother Reb Zusia.
Session Seven: July 16, 2017
Topic includes: Rebbe Elimelekh of Lizensk, Reb Zusia,the Magid of Kozhenitz, Reb Shmelke and Reb Pinhas of Nikolsburg, Rebbe Yaakov-Yitzhak, Rebbe Israel of Rizhin, the Kotzker Rebbe, and others.
Session Eight: July 23, 2017
Topics include: Rebbe Israe Rizhin, David Zlates, the Seer of Lublin, Rebbe Hersh Ziditchoiv, Menahem Mendl of Riminov, Rebbe Moshe of Ujhely.
Session Nine: July 30, 2019
Session Ten: August 06, 2017
Topics include: Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
Note: There was no broadcast on the 13th in honor of my mother's 91st birthday.
Session Eleven: August 20, 2017
Session Twelve: August 27, 2017
Session Thirteen: Conclusion!
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