18th-century works containing teachings of the founder of chasidut, the Baal Shem Tov (Rabbi Yisrael ben Eliezer), and his students.
Ben Porat Yosef
Insights on the Book of Bereshit by Rabbi Yaakov Yosef of Polnoye, one of the foremost disciples of the Baal Shem Tov.
Seminal work of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev arranged according to the weekly Torah portion.
Insights on the Book of Vayikra by Rabbi Yaakov Yosef of Polnoye, one of the foremost disciples of the Baal Shem Tov.
Maggid Devarav leYaakov
Collection of teachings from Rabbi Dov Ber (the “Maggid”) of Mezeritch, compiled by his student Rabbi Shlomo of Lutzk.
Collection of sermons of Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk published by his students, emphasizing the role of the tzadik.
Torah commentary by Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk, a principle disciple of the Maggid of Mezeritch.
Foundational work of the Chabad movement by its founder, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi.
Toldot Yaakov Yosef
First published chasidic work, printed in 1780, with teachings of the Baal Shem Tov recorded by his student, Yaakov Yosef of Polonne.
Collection of teachings of the Baal Shem Tov and his successor, the Maggid of Mezeritch, presented as an ethical will.
19th-century works of the great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov and founder of the Breslov movement, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, and of his foremost student, Rebbe Natan Sternhartz.
Biography of Rebbe Nachman by his student Rebbe Natan.
Collection of Rebbe Nachman's ethical teachings on virtues and vices, arranged alphabetically.
Voluminous work of Rebbe Natan explaining the laws of the Shulchan Arukh in light of Breslov teachings.
Rebbe Nachman’s magnum opus, containing interpretations of talmudic stories and of parts of the Zohar, among other sermons.
Collection of Rebbe Nachman's ethical teachings on virtues and vices, arranged alphabetically and consisting of two parts.
Biography of Rebbe Nachman focusing on his journey to Israel, authored by his student Rebbe Natan.
Works from the Izhbitz-Radzin school of chasidut, formed in early 19th-century Poland by Rabbi Mordechai Leiner (known as “the Izhbitzer” or “the Mei HaShiloach”).
Beit Yaakov on Torah
Sermons of Rabbi Yaakov Leiner, based on the teachings of his father, the Izhbitzer, and published by his son, Rabbi Gershon Leiner.
Popular collection of teachings of the Izhbitzer on the weekly Torah portion and holidays, published by his grandson, Rabbi Gershon Leiner.
Sha'ar HaEmunah VeYesod HaChasidut
Guide to the theology of kabbalah and chasidut authored by Rabbi Gershon Leiner as an introduction to his father’s Beit Yaakov.
Sermons of Rabbi Gershon Leiner on Jewish holidays, published by his son, Rabbi Mordechai Yosef Elazar, and nephew, Rabbi Simcha Chaim.
R' Tzadok HaKohen
Works of the 19th-century Reb Tzadok HaKohen Rabinowitz, who came from an anti-chasidic background but became a disciple of the Izhbitzer and ultimately a leader of a group of chasidim in Lublin, Poland.
Torah insights that were revealed to Reb Tzadok in his dreams.
Collection of ideas and life advice based on talmudic teachings.
Insights on various topics in the Torah and Talmud.
Short work on the holiness of eating and tempering the appetite.
Collection of insights on biblical verses.
Insights on the Book of Joshua, the biblical character Samson, holidays, and on completion of a cycle of Talmud study.
Essays on the nature of thought and the spiritual significance of the holidays.
Ohr Zarua LaTzadik
Essays on the Israelites’ slavery in Egypt, Hebrew letters and language, and commentary on early legal works.
Treatise on God’s miraculous intervention in the lives of the patriarchs and matriarchs, especially in the area of fertility.
Sermons on the weekly Torah portion and holidays.
Insights on the holidays, especially Purim and Chanukah, and on the development of Oral Law.
Sichat Malakhei HaSharet
Discussions on the nature of angels based on talmudic and midrashic descriptions.
Discussions on the nature of demons based on talmudic and midrashic descriptions, printed as an appendix to Sichat Malakhei HaSharet.
Organized work on repentance and the spiritual effects of sexual misconduct.
Other Chasidut Works
19th-century commentary on the Torah by Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech Spira of Dinov.
19th-century commentary on the Torah by Rabbi David Shlomo Eibeschutz.
19th-century commentary on the Torah and Pirkei Avot by the Maggid of Kozhnitz, Rabbi Yisrael Hopstein.
Baal Shem Tov
Anthology of the Baal Shem Tov's teachings on the weekly Torah portion, compiled from over 200 texts by his disciples.
Be'er Mayim Chaim
Classic 19th-century Torah commentary by Rabbi Chaim Tyrer of Tchernovitz, in clear and accessible language.
Foundational 19th-century work of the Karliner chasidic sect consisting of Torah insights of its leaders, compiled by the fourth Karliner rebbe.
Bnei Machshava Tova
Essay by Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira in which the author promotes the establishment of a “conscious community” aimed at attaining spiritual growth.
Seminal 19th-century compilation of sermons, with an emphasis on the holidays, by Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech Spira of Dinov.
Chiddushei HaRim on Torah
19th-century commentary on the Torah and holidays by the first rebbe of the Ger sect, Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Alter.
20th-century ethical work and self-development guide addressed toward young students, by the Rebbe of Piaseczna.
19th-century short manual on living a righteous life and attaining devekut, or attachment to God.
Degel Machaneh Ephraim
18th-century work by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Ephraim of Sudilkov, containing sermons on the Torah and teachings of his grandfather, the Baal Shem Tov.
Interpretation of the 613 commandments and daily prayers by the Tzemach Tzedek, the third rebbe of the Chabad movement.
18th-century commentary on the Torah by Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak HaLevi Horowitz, known as the Seer of Lublin.
Flames of Faith
21st-century motivational introduction to chasidic thought by Rabbi Zev Reichman, directed at an American audience.
Keter Shem Tov
One of the first works of the Baal Shem Tov’s teachings, published in the late 18th century.
19th-century Torah commentary of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Epstein, often printed alongside traditional biblical commentaries.
18th-century Torah commentary of the founder of the Chernobyl dynasty, including teachings that he heard from the Baal Shem Tov.
Mekor Mayim Chayim on Baal Shem Tov
Sources and notes on the Baal Shem Tov’s teachings on the weekly Torah portion.
19th-century Torah commentary of the Apter rebbe, founder of the Mezhbizh/Zinkover rabbinic dynasty.
Monumental 19th-century Torah commentary by Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh Leib Alter of Ger.
Popular 20th-century, nine-volume collection of sermons delivered by Rabbi Shmuel Bornsztain.
19th-century anthology of stories about the Baal Shem Tov, considered an important source of information about him.
Sidduro Shel Shabbat
Exhaustive 19th-century study on the holiness of Shabbat by Rabbi Chaim Tyrer of Chernovitz
19th-century Torah commentary by the first rebbe of the Radomsk dynasty.
Additional material that was omitted from the Maggid of Kozhnitz’s “Avodat Yisrael.”
About ChasidutChasidut is a spiritual and mystical revival movement founded in mid-18th century Ukraine by Rabbi Yisrael ben Eliezer, known as the Ba’al Shem Tov. With teachings drawing on Kabbalah and focusing on ideas like joy in religious practice, intention during prayer, attachment to God (“devekut”), and God’s omnipresence in the material world, Chasidut emphasizes that all can access divinity.
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