R. nathan sternhartz's liqquei tefilot and the formation of bratslav hasidism

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One of the more astounding books produced by Bratslav Hasidism is Liqquei tefilot (1822-1827), composed by R. Nathan Sternhartz of Nemirov, which established a whole new genre in Bratslav literature. This article discusses the book's genesis, publication, and primary goals, as well as the controversy it generated. The new Bratslav theology that emerged after the death of Rabbi Naman led to disputes, both internal and external, over the role and character of R. Nathan. Examining this particularly obscure chapter in the early history of Bratslav Hasidism sheds light on the movement as it exists today in all its diversity, both ideological and social.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-94
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Bratslav Hasidism
  • Hasidism
  • Jewish mysticism
  • Kabbalah

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Religious studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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