Our fast-paced, industrialized world seems to have little interest in mysticism, leaving reductionist thinking to lead the day. But this modernity can feel dry and unsatisfying, leaving the disenchanted to seek enchantment elsewhere. There can be more to the world and our experiences than what can be quantified. Mysticism is about transcendence of all kinds, including of our sensory experience, language, and rationality.
1. Mysticism and Modernity: Why do people turn to mysticism to make sense of modernity?
2. Mysticism and the Community: Can mysticism offer something to a community?
3. Living with Mysticism: Does contemporary society allow people to incorporate mystical meaning into their lives?
In her Hasidic Commentary on the Torah, Ora Wiskind brings readers inside the world of Hasidic exegesis. Exploring Hasidic literature from within and without, Ora’s work is both deeply spiritual and deeply informed by scholarship. With her background in literature and long leadership as a thinker and writer about Hasidut, Ora shines a light into the methodologies and meaning structures that guide Hasidic commentary.