Whistling in the Dark: Hasidic Tales of Prayer
Tirza Ben-David, Copenhagen /Denmark
We will look at four short extracts from Martin Buber's Tales of the Hasidim, which deal with the (then) revolutionary approach to prayer of the Baal Shem Tov and his followers. These stories reflect the power of childlike simplicity in coming closer to God, but also the terrifying consequences of such an encounter. This is prayer as a matter of life and death; as a mover of the very universe itself.
Tirzah Ben-David is Rabbi of Shir Hatzafon Progressive Jewish Community, Copenhagen, Denmark and a member of Kibbutz Kfar Hanassi in Upper Galilee, Israel.