By Daniel M. Horwitz
An unheard of annotated anthology of crucial Jewish mystical works, A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader is designed to facilitate educating those works to all degrees of newbies in grownup schooling and faculty lecture room settings. Daniel M. Horwitz’s insightful introductions and observation accompany readings within the Talmud and Zohar and writings via Ba'al Shem Tov, Rav Kook, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and others.
Horwitz’s advent describes 5 significant forms of Jewish mysticism and incorporates a short chronology of their development, with a timeline. He starts with biblical prophecy and proceeds throughout the early mystical hobbies up via present ideals. Chapters on key topics represent mystical expression during the a long time, akin to construction and deveikut (“cleaving to God”); the function of Torah; the erotic; tendencies towards stable and evil; magic; prayer and formality; and extra. Later chapters care for Hasidism, the nice mystical revival, and twentieth-century mystics, together with Abraham Isaac Kook, Kalonymous Kalman Shapira, and Abraham Joshua Heschel. a last bankruptcy addresses today’s controversies referring to mysticism’s position inside Judaism and its capability for enriching the Jewish religion.
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