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Martin Buber's Journey to Presence$
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Phil Huston

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227396

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227396.001.0001

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The One Thing Needful

The One Thing Needful

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Martin Buber's Journey to Presence

Phil Huston

Fordham University Press

Buber, after taking five years away from his normal activities, studied Hasidic literature but retained his interest in mystical tradition. Buber was able to give addresses on various elements of Judaism that concerned “inaccurate” statements, which are vital in understanding Buber's position on the nature and presence of God. Buber gives focus to a certain unity of experiences and how “Inward” commotions disrupt the achievement of this unity. Through applying the phenomenon of projection, this chapter establishes how Buber challenges the common understanding of a transcendent union with God. This chapter also takes on Buber's interest on Oriental studies, concentrating on how Tao refers to the process of realizing the presence of God and how this God relies also on the human spirit. Lastly, Buber analyzes Judaism and how this, as a spiritual process, becomes a struggle in realizing the sought-for unity.

Keywords:   God, Judaism, presence, nature, inward commotions, phenomenon of projection, unity, union, Hasidism

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