By Daniel M. Horwitz
An exceptional 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 school lecture room settings. Daniel M. Horwitz’s insightful introductions and observation accompany readings within the Talmud and Zohar and writings by means of Ba'al Shem Tov, Rav Kook, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and others.
Horwitz’s creation describes 5 significant kinds of Jewish mysticism and encompasses a short chronology of their development, with a timeline. He starts with biblical prophecy and proceeds in the course of the early mystical routine up via present ideals. Chapters on key topics symbolize mystical expression throughout the a long time, comparable to construction and deveikut (“cleaving to God”); the position of Torah; the erotic; tendencies towards stable and evil; magic; prayer and formality; and extra. Later chapters take care of 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 bearing on mysticism’s position inside of Judaism and its strength for enriching the Jewish religion.
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