Hasidic Philosophy - Notable Works

Notable Works

Hasidic literature incorporates both classic works of mystical, philosophical Torah exegesis, and hagiographic compilations of oral tales of beloved Hasidic Masters.

The first published works of Hasidic philosophy were authored by the disciples of the Baal Shem Tov and of his successor Dovber of Mezeritch. These include:

  • Toldos Yakov Yosef, by Jacob Joseph of Polnoye (1710–1784)
  • Likutei Amarim (Tanya), by Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1745–1812)
  • Meor Einayim, by Menachem Nachum Twerski of Chernobyl (1730–1797)
  • Magid Devarav L'yakov, by Dovber of Mezritch (1704–1772), compiled by Shlomo of Lutzk
  • Noam Elimelech, by Elimelech of Lizhensk (1717–1786)
  • Kedushas Levi, by Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev (1740–1810)

Notable works of later periods include:

  • Likutei Moharan, by Nachman of Breslov (1772–1810)
  • Be'er Mayim Chaim and Siduro Shel Shabbos, by Chaim of Chernovitz
  • Benei Yisoschor, by Zvi Elimelech of Dinov
  • Likkutei Sichos, by Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Classic works of the two forms of Hasidic storytelling (hagiographic stories of Hasidic Masters, and mystical parables of Kabbalistic commentary) include:

  • Shivchei HaBesht-In Praise of the Baal Shem Tov (stories of the Baal Shem Tov)
  • Sippurei Maasiot (13 mystical literature parables) by Nachman of Breslov

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