Sefat Emet (A Rough Digest)

updated with a digest to the Sefat Emet on Exodus

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About God, this blogpost tracking Hasidic thought in the commentary to the Torah, the Sefas Emes (Sefat Emet) (english: Language of Truth) is going to be a running project that I will update and complete, volume by volume, more or less in tandem with the yearly cycle of the Scriptural readings read from the Pentateuch in the synagogue. As an amateur, I am hoping to build up the post by inviting from any of you additional material, things that I overlooked and also translations, which I will add as I see fit and with full attribution.

The author of the Sefas Emes was Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter(1847-1905), but he is better known by his titular work. I will refer to the book in italics and to the “author” in regular font. Despite its renown, there is very little online in English about this Hasidic masterpiece, which is…

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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