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Scholars, Harvard U. Press, Preparing 10 Volumes of Hassidic Texts

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Plans for the publication of a comprehensive, 10-volume work, comprising 37 texts of Hassidic sermons, commentaries and philosophy, were announced here today by the Neveh Israel Foundation which is sponsoring the project in cooperation with the Harvard University Press. The Foundation is composed of an academic council of Jewish scholars and a board of trustees of laymen.

Israel Aron Gantell, chairman of the Foundation, said that the purpose of the project was to recover and preserve the spirit of Hassidism. Among the material to be published, he said, will be rare manuscripts, including the thinking and teaching of the Hassidic masters. When published, the works will be made available not only to the Jewish community, but also to theologians, historians and philosophers of religion and culture of all faiths, he declared.

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