By Daniel M. Horwitz

An unheard of annotated anthology of an important Jewish mystical works, A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader is designed to facilitate instructing those works to all degrees of newbies in grownup schooling and faculty lecture room settings. Daniel M. Horwitz’s insightful introductions and statement 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 advent describes 5 significant sorts of Jewish mysticism and contains a short chronology of their development, with a timeline. He starts with biblical prophecy and proceeds in the course of the early mystical pursuits up via present ideals. Chapters on key topics signify mystical expression during the a while, resembling production and deveikut (“cleaving to God”); the function of Torah; the erotic; tendencies towards sturdy 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 pertaining to mysticism’s position inside of Judaism and its strength for enriching the Jewish religion.

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