Yehoshua Engelman, "Enlightenment Stories: Theological and Psychological Readings of Hassidic Tales"

Martin Buber described the Hassidic movement as the ‘greatest religious revolution in modern history’. One of the movement’s most fascinating characteristics is the way in which it conveyed its core teaching by means of stories and legends no less than through scholarly lectures and writings. Hassidic stories are therefore meant to be read on multiple levels: on the one hand as simple tales intended to enliven the masses and on the other hand as esoteric narratives incorporating teachings too radical to be taught in other forms. This talk will present readings of a number of Hassidic stories, drawing out their theological and psychological aspects.

Yehoshua Engelman is a psychotherapist and a rabbi. He has taught at Hebrew University and at yeshivas including HaKotel, Othniel, and Siach. He has also released four music albums of his settings of Hebrew poetry from Biblical to modern. 


Date & Time
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 4:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street