By Yaacob Dweck

ISBN-10: 0691145083

ISBN-13: 9780691145082

ISBN-10: 0691162158

ISBN-13: 9780691162157

The Scandal of Kabbalah is the 1st e-book concerning the origins of a tradition battle that begun in early smooth Europe and maintains to today: the talk among kabbalists and their critics at the nature of Judaism and the which means of non secular culture. From its medieval beginnings as an esoteric kind of Jewish mysticism, Kabbalah unfold through the early glossy global and have become a critical characteristic of Jewish lifestyles. students have lengthy studied the innovative effect of Kabbalah, yet, as Yaacob Dweck argues, they've got misunderstood the nature and timing of competition to it.

Drawing on a number of formerly unexamined resources, this ebook tells the tale of the 1st feedback of Kabbalah, Ari Nohem, written by way of Leon Modena in Venice in 1639. during this scathing indictment of Venetian Jews who had embraced Kabbalah as an real type of historical esotericism, Modena proved the new origins of Kabbalah and sought to persuade his readers to come to the spiritualized rationalism of Maimonides.

The Scandal of Kabbalah examines the hallmarks of Jewish modernity displayed by way of Modena's attack--a serious research of sacred texts, skepticism approximately non secular truths, and self-consciousness concerning the past--and exhibits how those traits and the later background of his polemic problem traditional understandings of the connection among Kabbalah and modernity. Dweck argues that Kabbalah used to be the topic of severe inquiry within the very interval it got here to dominate Jewish existence instead of centuries later as such a lot students have thought.

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