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Author Information: Martin Buber

 
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1878-1965

Martin Buber was born in Vienna in 1898 and raised in Galicia in the home of his grandfather, Solomon Buber, a noted Hebrew scholar. It was here that he was exposed for the first time to Hasidism. He studied philosophy and the history of art at the Universities of Vienna, Berlin, and Zurich. In 1900 he joined the Zionist movement and made the decision to dedicate his life to the cause of Judaism. Buber's first book, I & Thou, is a major philosophical-theological statement about the relationships between man and man as well as between man and God. His later books are primarily concerned with various facets of Hasidism and Jewish thought. He edited the classic collection of Hasidic stories and tales, entitled Tales of the Hasidim (Early Masters and Late Masters), and his other books include The Prophetic Faith, Two Types of Faith, Eclipse of God, and The Origin and Meaning of Hasidism. Buber was also the author of one novel, For the Sake of Heaven, and of a book of short stories, Tales of Angels, Spirits, and Demons. Buber died in 1965.

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