The Bal Shem Tov was born to a poor but charitable couple. According to legend, it was prophesied that he would bring a great light into the world. Many traveled to learn his teachings — that life is not all tedium and struggle but rather that the Master of the Universe was most pleased when his people brought joy into their prayers and everyday lives. Thus Hasidism came into the world. In this course we will learn the history of the Hasidic movement, the lives and writings of many of the great Hasidic masters, legends that have been passed down since the 18th century, and the practices and beliefs of the major present day Hasidic groups.
LEADER: GH Friedlander, a retired psychologist, began his interest in Hasidim under the guidance of Reb Shlomo. He was a member of a Hasidic congregation for over a decade and has studied Hasidism for more than forty years.
MONDAYS: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 8 weeks: September 24 through November 12
LOCATION: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville