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By Moshe Hallamish, Ruth Bar-Ilan, Ora Wiskind-Elper

ISBN-10: 0791440117

ISBN-13: 9780791440117

Provides an creation to the area of the Kabbalah, targeting either the Kabbalist as an individual and the most important teachings of the Kabbalah.

"An creation to the Kabbalah is a lucid, scintillating advisor to the esoteric teachings of Judaism. The ebook is particularly readable with out sacrificing scholarly sophistication." -- Daniel Matt, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley; writer of The Essential Kabbalah and God and the large Bang

This ebook acquaints the reader with the area of the Kabbalah. the 1st half discusses the Kabbalist as someone: the non-public transmission of Kabbalistic traditions, the Kabbalist’s features and skills, must haves and early arrangements, dangers and achievements, in addition to recommendations for uncovering mysteries and the assets of revelations. the second one half bargains with the key subject matters within the teachings of the Kabbalah, similar to the doctrine of the Sefirot, the Sitra-Ahra--good and evil, the production of the area, the prestige of the Torah and its commandments, the doctrine of the soul and the transmigration of souls. In treating those matters, the e-book additionally notes the assimilation of Kabbalistic notions in Jewish spiritual customs.

"This is a vital paintings. It offers an summary of the realm of Jewish mysticism with specific realization to the problems which are philosophically generated inside that culture. It examines those concerns in a phenomenological method, freed from the historiographical strategy practiced via many scholars of Gershom Scholem. The booklet addresses a few major features of Jewish mysticism in mild in their dating to normal Jewish inspiration, now not within the gentle of different traditions. It additionally offers the newcomer to the sphere with very important assets from around the ancient continuum of the Kabbalah."-- Pinchas Giller, Washington collage

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One's duty is to admonish the transgressor (without any intent to offend him by doing so)47-as a correcting measure, designed to raise the overall sprituallevel-and to forgive him: 48 All of us, the undersigned, twelve men, corresponding in number to the tribes of the Lord, shall be all loving one another with great love, in body and soul, and all of this in order to give satisfaction to our Maker ... that all of us, the twelve men, shall be like one single, magnificent soul. And each one will relate to his companion as if he were actually an integral part of him, with all his soul and his whole being....

For instance, "Of the little that we have drawn ... "3? According to R. Moses Cordovero, this is by the nature of things: "No one who studies the books of the Wisdom of the Kabbalah should think that it is possible for a kabbalist sage to write down in a book whatever is known to him, for an inevitable reduction occurs on the way from thought to speech and from speech to writing. Therefore, no one who possesses any knowledge of the Kabbalah should imagine that he [has] delvl~d down into the depth of the books of this wisdom" (Shi'ur Komah, par.

Some Kabbalists expressed qualms about committing their revelations to writings. "21 This suggests that in order to grasp the full meaning of his work, one has to consider carefully his s,;:attered thoughts and then piece them together. R. Joseph Gikatilla, willo was younger than Rabbi Barukh Togarmi but apparently maintained contacts with him, writes in the same vein: "I want to write it down and I am not allowed to do it, I do not want to write it down and cannot entirdy desist; so I go back and forth, like 'running and returning,' and the maskil shall keep silent.

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