By Daniel M. Horwitz
An extraordinary annotated anthology of an important Jewish mystical works, A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader is designed to facilitate educating those works to all degrees of freshmen in grownup schooling and faculty school room settings. Daniel M. Horwitz’s insightful introductions and observation accompany readings within the Talmud and Zohar and writings through Ba'al Shem Tov, Rav Kook, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and others.
Horwitz’s advent describes 5 significant forms of Jewish mysticism and features a short chronology of their development, with a timeline. He starts off with biblical prophecy and proceeds in the course of the early mystical events up via present ideals. Chapters on key topics represent mystical expression during the a while, akin to production and deveikut (“cleaving to God”); the position of Torah; the erotic; dispositions towards strong and evil; magic; prayer and formality; and extra. Later chapters take care of Hasidism, the good 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 relating mysticism’s position inside of Judaism and its strength for enriching the Jewish religion.
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