Jewish Spirituality and Social Transformation
Jewish Spirituality and Social Transformation

Jewish Spirituality and Social Transformation

Hasidism and Society

Jewish Spiritual Traditions and Contempo


290 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback

Paperback, $39.95 (US $39.95) (CA $53.95)

Publication Date: April 2019

ISBN 9780824599478

Price: $39.95


What does lived religion look like in the 21st century? Against the polarizations of old and new, religion and secularism, theory and practice, a cadre of internationally renowned scholars interrogate the ways spiritual ideas and practices remain transformative in contemporary society. The Jewish mystical tradition, especially the contemporary movement of Habad Hasidism, embodies an intersection of the particular and the universal that speaks to wider crises in the governing assumptions of western culture and scientific disciplines. These essays exemplify the kind of radical interdisciplinarity that can move through these crises and beyond them, militating against academic hegemonies through the inclusion of indigenous Hasidic voices who speak with equal authority.

Author Biography

Philip Wexler is Executive Director of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality and Society, and Professor of Sociology of Education and Unterberg Chair in Jewish Social and Educational History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (emeritus). He was formerly Scandling Professor of Education and Sociology and Founding Dean of the Warner Graduate School at the University of Rochester, Visiting Bronfman Professor at Brandeis University, and Professor of Social Pedagogy and Social Policy at the Bergische University, Wuppertal, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Anthropology from Princeton University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow.