Yitzhak Buxbaum is an American author and maggid (preacher/storyteller).
- Jewish Spiritual Practices Jason Aronson, 1991 ISBN 978-1-56821-206-7
- Storytelling and Spirituality in Judaism Jason Aronson, 1994 ISBN 978-1-56821-173-2
- Real Davvening: Jewish Prayer as a Spiritual Practice and a Form of Meditation for Beginning and Experienced Davveners |Jewish Spirit Booklet Series, 1996 ISBN 978-1-5114-3313-6
- An Open Heart: The Mystic Path of Loving People . Jewish Spirit Booklet Series, 1997 ISBN 978-0-9657-1122-7
- A Tu BeShvat Seder: The Feast of Fruits from the Tree of Life Jewish Spirit Booklet Series, 1998 ISBN 978-0-9657-1123-4
- The Life and Teachings of Hillel 376 pp. Jason Aronson, 2000 ISBN 978-1-56821-049-0 According to WorldCat, the book is held in 168 libraries
- A Person is Like a Tree: A Sourcebook for Tu BeShvat Jason Aronson, 2000 ISBN 978-0-7657-6128-6
- Storytelling and Spirituality in Judaism Jason Aronson, 2001 ISBN 978-0-7657-6166-8
- Jewish Tales of Mystic Joy Jossey-Bass, 2002 ISBN 978-0-7879-6272-2
- Jewish Tales of Holy Women Jossey-Bass, 2002 ISBN 978-1-118-10443-9
- The Light and Fire of the Baal Shem Tov Continuum, 2005 ISBN 978-0-8264-1772-5
- Serach at the Seder: A Haggadah Supplement, illustrations by Shoshannah Brombacher Jewish Spirit, 2012
Reviews of Buxbaum's work have appeared in Jewish publications with a variety of perspectives, including The Algemeiner Journal, Hadassah Magazine, The Jewish Chronicle, and Tikkun. His books have been reviewed for broader audiences in the journal Parabola and the website Spirituality and Practice.
Manuscripts and drafts of The Light and Fire of the Baal Shem Tov are archived at Cornell University Library.
Buxbaum tells stories "in Jewish and non-Jewish settings to Jewish and non-Jewish audiences", with a focus on "the spiritual nature of storytelling." He has been grouped among "the most active tellers in the Jewish world."
Maggid training programEdit
Building on his ordination as a maggid by Shlomo Carlebach, Buxbaum established a program to train women and men as maggidim (plural of maggid). Graduates include Shoshana Litman, described as Canada's first ordained female Jewish storyteller, and Tamir Zaltsman, who states that he is the first ordained Russian-speaking maggid. Some graduates are themselves training maggidim.
Background and personal lifeEdit
He has told interviewers that as a young man, he identified as an atheist and felt disconnected from his Jewish roots. But a time of intense soul-searching, and encounters with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, led him to devote his life to Jewish spirituality.
- WorldCat book entry
- On The Bookshelf (column) (July 11, 1996). "The art of davvening is meaningfully taught in new booklet by Jewish Spirit". Sentinel: The Voice of Chicago Jewry.
- Kurzweil, Arthur. "Light and Fire". The Algemeiner Journal (December 15, 2006).
- Shluker, Zelda (2013-03-27). "Serach at the Seder: A Haggadah Supplement". Hadassah Magazine. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
- Demant, Jason (7 September 2006). "The Jewish Chronicle - Getting to the heart of Chasidism". website.thejc.com. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
- Frankel, Estelle. "Stories That Heal the Soul". Tikkun (May/June 2006): 73.
- Kurzweil, Arthur (Fall 2004). "The Light and Fire of the Baal Shem Tov, Yitzhak Buxbaum (book review)". Parabola (31:3).
- Brussat, Frederic and Mary Ann. "The Light and Fire of the Baal Shem Tov, 2005 S & P Award Winner | Book Reviews | Books | Spirituality & Practice". www.spiritualityandpractice.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
- Brussat, Frederic and Mary Ann. "Jewish Tales of Mystic Joy | Book Reviews | Books | Spirituality & Practice". www.spiritualityandpractice.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
- "ArchiveGrid : Yitzhak Buxbaum papers, 1991-2005". beta.worldcat.org. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
- Horowitz, Rosemary, ed. Elie Wiesel and the Art of Storytelling (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2006), 5.
- "The Best of the Besht: Brooklyn man is master of thousands of tales". static.record-eagle.com. Retrieved 2016-04-17.
- Schram, Peninnah (1995). Chosen Tales: Stories Told by Jewish Storytellers. Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson. pp. xxxvi. ISBN 1-56821-352-2.
- silvers, emma. "Tale of the maggid: Jewish storytelling enters a new era | j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California". www.jweekly.com. Retrieved 2016-04-17.
- "Tales of a Maggid: Sacred Hints for Davening and Dance". The Jewish Week | Connecting The World To Jewish News, Culture & Opinion. Retrieved 2016-04-17.
- Lee, Jan. "Maggidah is a Canadian First". Times Colonist. Retrieved 2016-04-17.
- "First Ever Russian-Speaking Maggid Graduation Party". February 5, 2012.
- "Maggid Staff and Instructors: Bruce "Dov" Forman, Shoshannah Brombacher".
- "Radical Mystic - Tablet Magazine – Jewish News and Politics, Jewish Arts and Culture, Jewish Life and Religion". Tablet Magazine. Retrieved 2016-04-17.
- "Celebration of the Life of Sri Chinmoy at the United Nations – Sri Chinmoy Centre News". www.srichinmoybio.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-26.
- "Meet Carole Forman Storytelling and Acting". caroleforman.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
Article by Yitzhak Buxbaum: Real Davening: Chasidic Answers to the Crisis in Prayer. The Jewish Review: A Journal of Torah, Judaism, Philosophy, Life and Culture 4:3 (March 1991 / Adar 5751)