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Foundations of the Fourth Turning of Hasidism: A Manifesto

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"Hasidism is the willingness to make ourselves transparent to God’s grace and will, to live in the authentic Presence of God—nokhah p’nai Ha’Shem—as if facing God in every moment, allowing this awareness to change our behavior, to make sacred acts out of potentially profane and purely secular moments." Contrary to what most people think, Hasidism is as old or older than Judaism itself. Indeed, it is a perennial movement of the spirit arising again and again through the centuries in various contemplative movements in Judaism. Among these have been three significant movements, or revolutionary "turnings" in Jewish consciousness that have significantly impacted future generations. Now, the authors tell us, we are on the cusp of a "Fourth Turning of Hasidism," the foundations of which are outlined in this bold little book.

Netanel Miles-Yépez is a scholar of comparative religion and a teacher of both Hasidic and Sufi spirituality.

Zalman Schachter-Shalomi is widely considered one of the world's foremost authorities on Hasidism and Kabbalah.

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