The Buber-Scholem Controversy about Hasidic Tale and Hasidism - is there a solution?

  • Excerpt: The shrill sounds of the now seemingly outdated controversy between Gershom Scholem and Martin Buber at the beginning of the sixties are still in the minds of every student of Hasidic literature and thought. - The "Scholem-community" feels content and the "Buber-community" upset. We can summarize the case in a few words. Martin Buber, the pioneer of Hasidism in the Western World, held the position that whoever would want to understand Hasidism had to turn to Hasidic tale as here, in the tales of the Hasidim, real Hasidic life was to be found. Whereas in the Hasidic homilies we meet mere non-creative tradition especially in the form of Kabbalah. Buber did not totally deny the importance of the Hasidic Midrash but he regarded it just as a commentary, i.e. as secondhand material, whereas, in his view, the tale was a true mirror of real Hasidic life [...]

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Author:Karl Erich Grözinger
URN:urn:nbn:de:kobv:517-opus-18673
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Philosophische Reihe, ISSN 1866-8380 (15)
Document Type:Postprint
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2008/05/28
Year of Completion:1993
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2008/05/28
Source:Gershom Scholem‘s „Major trends in Jewish mysticism“ 50 years after : proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on the History of Jewish Mysticism / ed. by Peter Schäfer and Joseph Dan. - Tübingen : Mohr, 1993, S. 327 - 336
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Religionswissenschaft
Dewey Decimal Classification:2 Religion / 29 Andere Religionen / 290 Andere Religionen
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht
Notes extern:
This paper was first published in:
Gershom Scholem‘s „Major trends in Jewish mysticism“ 50 years after : proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on the History of Jewish Mysticism / ed. by Peter Schäfer and Joseph Dan. - Tübingen : Mohr, 1993, S. 327 - 336
ISBN: 3-16-146143-6