A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader Paperback

by Daniel M. Horwitz;

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A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader

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An annotated anthology of Jewish mystical works, concepts, and experiences. "A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader" explores issues relating to what has compelled Jews to seek a more intimate relationship with God. It does this by providing readings from the most important mystical texts, accompanied by Daniel M. Horwitz s insightful introductions and commentary. It is carefully designed to make the basic concepts and teachings of Jewish mysticism accessible to a wide audience and to ground these ideas within the broader Jewish tradition. Horwitz s introduction describes five major types of Jewish mysticism and includes a brief chronology of its development, with a timeline. He begins with biblical prophecy and proceeds through the early mystical movements up through current beliefs. Chapters on key subjects characterize mystical expression through the ages, such as Creation and "deveikut" ( cleaving to God ); the role of Torah; the erotic; inclinations toward good and evil; magic; prayer and ritual; and more. Later chapters deal with Hasidism, the great mystical revival, and twentieth-century mystics, including Abraham Isaac Kook, Kalonymous Kalman Shapira, and Abraham Joshua Heschel. A final chapter addresses today s controversies concerning mysticism s place within Judaism and its potential for enriching the religion."

A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader by Daniel M. Horwitz was published by Jewish Publication Society in April 2016. The ISBN for A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader is 9780827612563.

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Details for A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherJewish Publication Society (April 2016)
Number of Pages576
Thickness35 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4377910
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