On the Chasidic bookshelf, Izhbitzer/Radzyn Chasidus is known for its psychological depth and emotional profundity. Unfortunately, despite its timeless value, its language is difficult to penetrate. A little known book, Neos Deshe, by Rav Shmuel Dov Asher Leiner opens the gates to these Torah ideas with intuitive questions and thoughtful answers, charting new paths through his family’s spiritual heritage. Rabbi Reuven Boshnack’s masterful and accessible adaptation, Pathways through the Field, plumbs the weekly Torah reading and upcoming holidays for spiritual messages and personal growth.
Rabbi Reuven Boshnack is the spiritual leader of Pri Eitz Chaim in Brooklyn, and a Rebbe and Mashgiach in Yeshiva University. He received his semichah from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and holds a Masters in Education from the Azrieli graduate school of Jewish Education, a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Touro College, and a Bachelors in Psychology from Yeshiva College. A talmid of Rav Moshe Weinberger, he has taught Chassidus, Jewish thought, and Jewish law for the last twenty years in Brooklyn, New York, and Boca Raton Florida.
Rabbi Boshnack is the author of three other books on Jewish thought: Pathways to the Heart: Opening the Teaching of the House of Izhbitz (Kodesh Press), Avodas Yehuda: Reflections on the Maharal’s Netzach Yisrael, and The Sefas Emes Project.