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The Radical and Modern Approach of Ishbitz Hasidic Thought
March 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm$18
Rabbi Sam Intrator
We will explore a few major themes that show how the Ishbitzer Rebbe’s ideas, while rooted in traditional sources, are radical departures from traditional interpretations. This unique school of Hasidic study offers deep psychological insights and a very modern approach to understanding human nature. It reveals both very transcendent and accessible ideas in spirituality. We will also explore the apparent rebellion of the founder of this dynasty Rabbi Mordecei Yosef against his mentor, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk, to show how disagreements are often not a rejection of another approach but is, in fact, an expansion and development of that which is seemingly being rejected.
Rabbi Samuel Intrator is the former rabbi of the Carlebach Shul in New York City, and a renowned spiritual teacher. In practice and message, Rabbi Intrator crosses the boundaries between Jewish denominations to reveal a common heritage as the source of the Jewish tradition. In his words, “Judaism today needs to get down to its roots and not be divided by its branches.”