Defender of the Faithful: The Life and Thought of Rabbi Levi Yitshak of Berdychiv (The Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry) (Hardcover)
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The first scholarly biography of Levi Yitshak of Berdychiv in English in over thirty-five years.
Defender of the Faithful explores the life and thought of Levi Yitshak of Berdychiv (1740–1809), one of the most fascinating and colorful Hasidic leaders of his time. It is an intellectual and religious biography, a reading of the development of his thought and career. Featuring examples of Levi Yitshak’s extraordinary texts alongside insightful analysis by scholar Arthur Green, Defender of the Faithful is a compelling study of both Levi Yitshak’s theology and broader philosophy.
About the Author
Arthur Green was founding dean and is currently rector of the Rabbinical School as well as the Irving Brudnick Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion at Hebrew College. He is professor emeritus at Brandeis University, where he occupied the distinguished Philip W. Lown Professorship of Jewish Thought. He is the author of Tormented Master: A Life of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav. His most recent books include The Heart of the Matter: Studies in Jewish Mysticism and Theology; A New Hasidism: Rots and Branches; and Judaism for the World: Reflections of God, Life, and Love, for which he was awarded a National Jewish Book Award.