Hasidus Meets America



Hasidus Meets America

The Life and Torah of the Monastryshcher Rebbe zt”l (1860–1938) and an Anthology of His Teachings

by Professor Ora Wiskind

Foreword by Professor David Berger

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Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Rabinowitz of Monastryshche (1860-1938) was a leader of several Hasidic communities in Ukraine who immigrated to America in 1924 following the waves of anti-Jewish persecutions in Ukraine. His leadership was marked by deep involvement both intellectually and emotionally in the challenges confronting the Jewish world. This anthology and translation of his works on the Jewish holidays, with the incisive commentary of Professor Ora Wiskind, offers a rare and important contribution to our understanding of how a unique thinker navigated tradition and innovation in confronting an era of transformation.


Acclaim for the book
The dream and the vision of the Baal Shem Tov zy”a was that the wellsprings of his teachings would flow forth throughout the world. The Tzaddik Rebbe Yehoshua Heschel of Monastrich zy”a was instrumental through the force of his presence and profound Torah in introducing the light of Chassidus to the New World. Dr. Ora Wiskind is an extraordinarily gifted teacher and writer whose dazzling clarity and penetrating insight have made a great impact on the ever-increasing population of those thirsting for the inspiring and life-giving waters of Toras HaChassidus. Her latest work is a gift to be cherished. L’Chaim! Rabbi Moshe Weinberger, Congregation Aish Kodesh

Professor Ora Wiskind is to be complimented for bringing to life the story of a most unusual, and heretofore almost forgotten, Jewish spiritual guide of the first rank. Especially captivating is her narration of the Rebbe’s years in the America of the 1920s and 1930s…Perhaps the author’s greatest achievement is her presentation of an anthology of the Rebbe’s many writings demonstrating their breadth, depths, and contemporary relevance. Professor Wiskind has succeeded in reviving the image of a  profound Jewish thinker and teacher, one who was much to offer an audience thirsty for such inspiration. Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Executive Vide President Emeritus, Orthodox Union


About the Author

Ora Wiskind is a Professor of Jewish Thought and Head of the Graduate Program in Jewish Studies at Michlalah Jerusalem College, Israel. Her other works include Hasidic Commentary on the Torah (2018) and Wisdom of the Heart: The Teachings of Rabbi Ya’akov of Izbica-Radzyn (2010).

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