Life Lessons from Recently Dead Rabbis: Hassidut for the People


Rabbi Mark Asher Goodman


Some of the great secrets to living a purposeful and soulful life have remained hidden from the broader world – tucked away in the repositories of the saints and holy people of a given wisdom tradition, accessible to only those in the right community or with certain language skills. And then every so often, somebody comes along and realizes that the thoughts and ideas of that obscure language and quiet community ought to be brought into the light and shared with the broader world, but in a way that is accessible for the common person and the present moment. This is a book of Hassidic texts with contemporary commentary, meant for anybody who is seeking a little spiritual and moral guidance. The great Hassidic masters believed that all human beings were brought into the universe with purpose, and that a worthwhile life involves analyzing and reflecting on that purpose. The purpose of this book is to bring out these life lessons for the next generation – an independent and bold generation that is more diverse, more feminist, more queer, more individualistic, and perhaps more reflective than ever before.

Due in 2022.



Rabbi Mark Asher Goodman (he/him) has served as spiritual leader for Brith Sholom Jewish Center of Erie, PA since 2018, and lives and teaches in Pittsburgh, PA. He has been a Jewish educator for over 20 years, for folks ages 10 to 93. He likes texts from the Hassidic tradition in particular because they probe our own personal stories and struggles by using Torah as a vehicle for self-examination. He is Congregation Beth Shalom’s instructor for Introduction to Judaism, and sponsors and mentors many people who are on a path toward becoming Jewish. Rabbi Mark is a big soccer fan, a competent skier and harmonica player, and an accredited archery instructor. He has one misdemeanor conviction for political protest, and a turtle named Lefty. Learn more at his website.


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