AMHERST – Jewish Community of Amherst is offering a four-session class offered by Professor Larry Fine on “The Hasidic Teachings of the School of the Great Maggid, The Maggid of Mezritch.”
The classes will be held Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 from 7-9 p.m. at JCA, 742 Main St.
Dov Baer, the Maggid of Mezritch (d. 1772), was the successor of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism. The Maggid was a seminal figure in the history of Hasidism, as he developed Hasidic teachings in important ways, and was the teacher of an amazing circle of disciples. These disciples went on to become the first generation of Hasidic rebbes to disseminate the movement’s teachings and practices in various parts of Eastern Europe.
This brief course will focus on the teachings of the Maggid’s circle by studying a new translation of Hasidic texts by Rabbi Arthur Green, “Speaking Torah: Around the Maggid’s Table” (Jewish Lights). The texts are organized around the weekly Torah portions and draw on the Maggid and some forty of his disciples.
Participants will need to purchase volume one of the book described above. The class is limited to 18 participants. Registration required. $36.00 donation.
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