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Scriptural ExegesisThe Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane$
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Deborah A. Green and Laura S. Lieber

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206575

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.001.0001

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Finding the radiance in the text: a Habad hasidic interpretation of the Exodus

Finding the radiance in the text: a Habad hasidic interpretation of the Exodus

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(p.299) 17 Finding the radiance in the text: a Habad hasidic interpretation of the Exodus
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Scriptural Exegesis
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Naftali Loewenthal

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.003.0018

This chapter describes how transcendently mystical readings can coincide with homiletical and halakhic exegesis in the context of late 18th-century Habad Hasidism. It argues that, for the hasidim, or at least for some of them, all roads lead to Jerusalem, that is, to a sense of contact or even union with the Divine, reaching beyond the finite definitions and limitations of the world. The meaning of the text joins with the radiance beyond the text.

Keywords:   Habad Hasidism, homiletical exegesis, halakhic exegesis, Torah

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