Description: Until now, the one poem from the hand of Rabbi Nachman - Shir Na im, translated as Song of Delight - has escaped notice.
David Sears working hypothesis is that this lone poem, Shir Na im, believed composed at the end of the Master s life, encapsulates all of the teachings of Breslov Hasidism, spread over the tomes of prose and fables. What emerges from Sears high-powered literary analysis, supported by outlines, diagrams and copious endnotes, is a book that promises to be rigorous and scholarly, as well as spiritual and uplifting.
The book comes with the encouragement and input of Rabbi Elazar Kenig, leader of the Breslov Hasidim of Tsefat. An added feature, sure to pique scholars curiosity, is the appendix contributed by Bezalel Naor, Shir Na im as a Reply to Maimonides, a lengthy essay that deals with such spicy issues as the Non-Existence of God and the legitimacy of the ancient mystical doctrine of Shi ur Komah (the Body of God).
This gem of a book is graced with original artwork by Ann Derman. Her cover painting - a visual delight - portrays many of the themes of Rabbi Nachman s poem. The poem itself - Hebrew and English translation, is surrounded by a decorative border by Ms. Derman.
Includes 4 pagesof facsimiles; for the first time ever, a facsimile of autograph letter signed Nachman ben Simcha from a private collection.