Filled with fire and light : portraits and legends from the Bible, Talmud, and Hasidic world

by Wiesel, Elie, 1928-2016,

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Here are magnificent insights into the lives of biblical prophets and kings, talmudic sages, and Hasidic rabbis from the internationally acclaimed writer, Nobel laureate, and one of the world's most honored and beloved teachers.

"This posthumous collection encourages a path toward purpose and transcendence." --The New York Times Book Review

From a multitude of sources, Elie Wiesel culls facts, legends, and anecdotes to give us fascinating portraits of notable figures throughout Jewish history. Here is the prophet Elisha, wonder-worker and adviser to kings, whose compassion for those in need is matched only by his fiery temper. Here is the renowned scholar Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai, whose ingenuity in escaping from a besieged Jerusalem on the eve of its destruction by Roman legions in 70 CE laid the foundation for the rabĀ­binic teachings and commentaries that revolutionized the practice and study of Judaism and have sustained the Jewish people for two thousand years of ongoing exile. And here is Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chabad Hasidism, languishing in a Czarist prison in 1798, the victim of a false accusation, engaging in theological discussions with his jailers that would form the basis for Chabad's legendary method of engagement with the world at large.

In recounting the life stories of these and other spiritual seekers, in delving into the struggles of human beings trying to create meaningful lives touched with sparks of the divine, Wiesel challenges and inspires us all to fill our own lives with commitment and sanctity.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The late Nobel laureate Wiesel (Night) displays his rhetorical gifts in this collection of essays, which have been adapted from his lectures on Judaica. Wiesel casts a wide net, taking in lesser-known biblical figures including the prophet Elisha and King Josiah, as well as broader topics, such as depictions of God in the Torah. His treatment of Josiah is emblematic; though the Judahite monarch is known for implementing religious reforms, the discovery of a scroll supposedly written by Moses himself calls into question his legacy: "Could it simply be that just as Noah was considered righteous in his evil generation, Josiah was considered righteous amid all the evil in his?" Wiesel poses and answers questions about whether Josiah's morality was only relative to his time, and concludes that he had been a notable exception "to the corrupt, idol-worshipping Jewish kings." All the sections, including a look at the unusual friendship between an ancient rabbinic scholar and a reformed criminal, achieve Wiesel's goal of studying the stories "in the context of our need to create through learning a community" and in a way that can inspire joy and ethical behavior. Wiesel astounds with these timeless lessons drawn from ancient texts. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Bible -- Biography.
Talmud -- Biography.
Hasidim -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Schocken Books,2021
Edition First edition.
Contributors Rosen, Alan (Alan Charles), editor.
Language English
Notes "The present volume consists of adaptations from nine public lectures that were not included in the seven collections that appeared during Elie Wiesel's lifetime ...The present volume is modeled on its predecessors, in both form and spirit"--Introduction.
Description x, 219 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780805243536
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