Kabbalistic View of History describes the story of humanity and the purpose of Existence in terms of kabbalistic principles.
Author: Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi
Kabbalistic View of History describes the story of humanity and the purpose of Existence in terms of kabbalistic principles. As evolution moves from savagery to civilisation, so the vegetable, animal and human levels of mankind emerge. The Gilgulim or Wheels of Reincarnation teach young souls how to live on Earth, while their elders either dominate or illuminate the course of history. Cosmic cycles are also taken into account as they influence historic periods, while critical choices generate personal and collective karma. The development of humanity is monitored by Providence within a vast Divine plan.
"This volume offers a narrative history of modern Kabbalah, from the sixteenth century to the present.
Author: Jonathan Garb
"This volume offers a narrative history of modern Kabbalah, from the sixteenth century to the present. Covering all sub-periods, schools, and figures, Jonathan Garb demonstrates how Kabbalah expanded over the last few centuries, and how it became an important player, first in the European, subsequently in global cultural and intellectual domains. Indeed, study of the Kabbalah can be found on virtually every continent and in many languages, despite of the destruction of many centres in the mid-twentieth century. Garb explores the sociological, psychological, scholastic and ritual dimensions of kabbalistic ways of life in their geographical and cultural contexts. Focusing on several important mystical and literary figures, he shows how modern Kabbalah is both deeply embedded in modern Jewish life, yet has become an independent, professionalized sub-world. He also traces how Kabbalah was influenced by, and contributed to the process of modernization"--
Sources : Chapter 4 A Kabbalistic View of History The main purpose for which
this world was created was to elevate the holy sparks and to remove the klippah (
“ husk " or covering ) from that which is holy . This task particularly applies after
Author: Dovid Sears
Category: Animal welfare
Israel, that he is vulnerable to harm given the actions of Israel in the worldlos
Although he has not employed the apparatus of sefirot, typical of Kabbalah,
Breuer has come very close to this kabbalistic view of history. Breuer's notion of
Author: Alan Mittleman
Publisher: SUNY Press
This is the first full-length, systematic study in English of Isaac Breuer, a founder of Agudat Israel, whose intellectual achievements reflected the world of Franz Rosenzweig and Martin Buber in an Orthodox mirror. It sheds light on an often neglected aspect of German Jewrys last phase and reclaims Breuer as a paradigmatic figure in the Jewish encounter with modernity.
The idea of messianism in this Kabbalistic revision was restorative rather than
catastrophic , for redemption would culminate a long period of human tikkun . The
vision of the future was by no means apocalyptic , but rather viewed redemption ...
Author: Steven Bayme
Publisher: Ktav Pub Incorporated
Organized in 34 units, this volume is aimed at the general reader desiring a core course covering the main contours of Jewish history. Each unit is accompanied by textual readings, questions for discussion, and additional bibliography. The following chapters relate to antisemitism: The Church and the Jews [About the Early Church.] (115-125); Jewry and Islam (126-139); The Crusades and the Jews (164-175); Jews and Christian Spain (188-197); East European Jewry [Relates, also, to the Chmielnicki pogroms.] (223-232); Modern Anti-Semitism [In the 19th century.] (307-320); Reaction in Eastern Europe [On the extent and impact of the pogroms and the persecution of Jews in Russia between 1881-1914.] (321-331); The Holocaust [Discusses the Nazis, the victims, and the bystanders.] (383-403).
This book is about Kabbalistic working methods and the background to such effort.
Author: Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi
Publisher: Tree Of Life Publishing
This book is about Kabbalistic working methods and the background to such effort. Here theory and practice are set out against everyday life and history, as well as outer and inner processes. Individual and group operations are examined. So too are various levels of experience and their dangers. Schools of the Soul and Spirit are defined according to the Kabbalistic view. Accounts of mystic techniques and the Path to travel are made accessible as well as how to regard good and bad teachers. Memories of previous lives are touched upon, together with an examination of the way in which certain ceremonies have esoteric content. The book begins with basic theory so that the context of what follows is clear.
... in the words of one of the book ' s kabbalists . If unchecked , disenchantment
results in a view of history as entirely a matter of struggles for economic and
political power and as concerned with magic only inasmuch as it can be turned to
" the ...
Whereas the earliest editions of Kabbalah for the Layman began with 20 pages
describing the origins and history of ... opens with a preface declaring the
universal importance of knowledge of the Jewish view of reincarnation : Much
has been ...
Author: Jody Elizabeth Myers
Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
Provides an overview of Kabbalah and its popularity in the United States.
Delmedigo's Beņinat ha - Dat wielded considerable influence over the debates
on the status of the Kabbalah in later ... for our purposes that Delmedigo took
issue with both the kabbalistic view of the soul and its Neoplatonic foundations .
Author: Aviezer Ravitzky
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
A collection of nine essays by one of the leading scholars in medieval Jewish Philosophy. The volume consists of two parts. Part I, entitled "Philosophy and History," includes essays on the study of medieval Jewish Philosophy, on the notion of Peace, on the political philosophy of Nissim of Gerona and Isaac Abrabanel, and on Maimonides' views on Messianism. In part II, "Philosophy and Faith," the subjects dealt with are: 'The God of the Philosophers and the God of the Kabbalists', the notion of Miracle in medieval Jewish Philosophy, the esoteric character of Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed, and a lost Arabic recension of Aristotle's Parva Naturalia. Professor Aviezer Ravitzky is Chairman of the Department of Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The English understanding of Kabbalah was confused at best before the
publication of Christian Knorr von Rosenroth ' s Kabbala Denudata in 1677 . For
the early modern Jewish kabbalistic view of the Hebrew language , see
especially the ...
Author: Hugh Lloyd-Jones
Publisher: Holmes & Meier Pub
413 ' This is a kabbalistic explanation of this difficult place - in Malbim" s view
man sees the b^O - the Supreme Emanator. Thus it is logical that the book of
Ezekiel continues in the following verse: yiv nb-n>i vyNTiNiD bown nuobi riNio
Publisher: Marek Konecný
In numerous studies , most notably his Kabbalah : New Perspectives , 2 Idel has
tried to trace the history of an ideational structure of kabbalistic thought within
Jewish texts . His phenomenological approach has lead to comparisons between
Author: Daniel Abrams
Publisher: Gefen Books
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Kabbalistic Manuscripts and Textual Theory uncovers the unstated assumptions and expectations of scribes and scholars who fashioned editions from manuscripts of Jewish mystical literature. This study offers a theory of kabbalistic textuality in which the material book the printed page no less than handwritten manuscripts serves as the site for textual dialogue between Jewish mystics of different periods and locations. The refashioning of the text through the process of reading and commenting that takes place on the page in the margins and between the lines blurs the boundaries between the traditionally defined roles of author, reader, commentator and editor. This study shows that kabbalists and academic editors reinvented the text in their own image, as part of a fluid textual process that was nothing short of transformative. This book is certainly monumental, offering in its seven hundred pages a wealth of documentation and distilled argument that manages to be both comprehensive in its materials and transparent in its critical insights. It is rare indeed that a work of such formidable scholarship can actually be a pleasure to read and convincing in its elucidation of what are often extremely complex documentary circumstances and editorial traditions. From the foreword by David Greetham
On the basis of manuscripts in libraries at Hanover and Wolfenbiittel, it is clear that Leibniz's relationship with Francis Mercury van Helmont (1614- 1698) and Christian Knorr von Rosenroth (1636-1689), the two leading Christian Kabbalists ...
Author: A.P. Coudert
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
The general view of scholars is that the Kabbalah had no meaningful influence on Leibniz's thought. } But on the basis of new evidence I am convinced that the question must be reopened. The Kabbalah did influence Leibniz, and a recognition of this will lead to both a better understanding of the supposed "quirkiness,,2 of Leibniz's philosophy and an appreciation ofthe Kabbalah as an integral but hitherto ignored factor in the emergence of the modem secular and scientifically oriented world. During the past twenty years there has been increasing willingness to recognize the important ways in which mystical and occult thinking contributed to the development of science and the emergence 3 of toleration. However, the Kabbalah, particularly the Lurianic Kabbalah with its monistic vitalism and optimistic philosophy of perfectionism and universal salvation, has not yet been integrated into the new historiography, although it richly deserves to be. On the basis of manuscripts in libraries at Hanover and Wolfenbiittel, it is clear that Leibniz's relationship with Francis Mercury van Helmont (1614- 1698) and Christian Knorr von Rosenroth (1636-1689), the two leading Christian Kabbalists of the period, was much closer than previously imagined and that his direct knowledge of their writings, especially the collection of 4 kabbalistic texts they published in the Kabbala Denudata, was far more detailed than most scholars have realized. During 1688 Leibniz spent more than a month at Sulzbach with von Rosenroth.
astrological “ great times ” in Kabbalah had a tremendous influence which ,
though studied by several scholars , still awaits a more ... According to such a
view , the present cycle is presided over by the sefirah of Gevurah , stern
Author: Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi
Publication of Yosef Yerushalmi's Zakhor in 1982 inspired a generation of scholarly inquiry into historical images and myths, the construction of the Jewish past, and the making and meaning of collective memory. Here, eminent scholars in their respective fields extend the lines of his seminal study into topics that range from medieval rabbinics, homiletics, kabbalah, and Hasidism to antisemitism, Zionism, and the making of modern Jewish identity. Essays are clustered around four central themes: historical consciousness and the construction of memory; the relationship between time and history in Jewish thought; the demise of traditional forms of collective memory; and the writing of Jewish history in modern times.
history of European culture in the medieval and especially in the Renaissance
periods . ... From this perspective , the reflection on fear and power in the
Kabbalah should be part of the wider history of deliberation on the
interrelationship of ...
Author: Anne Scott
Publisher: Brepols Pub
Fear is a topic that appeals to a wide audience and is particularly of interest today. In the modern world, we fear war and terrorism, economic recession, and environmental degradation: these fears make up a great portion of the fabric of our daily lives. This is a volume of essays on fear and its representations in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. In it, the authors raise and try to answer questions about the ways in which individuals, families, and nations five-hundred, one-thousand, or even fifteen-hundred years ago approached the idea of fear. The interdisciplinary nature of this volume and its editors (an historian of late antiquity and professor of literature of the Middle Ages) motivates an analysis of fear from a multitude of perspectives and within a host of secular and religious literature, historical treatises, scholastic works, art, and political accounts. The volume covers several main topics: Defining the Nature of Fear; Fear and Religion; Fear in Politics and Cultural Identity; Fear as a Literary and Dramatic Device; The Fears of Courtly Lovers, Knights, and Poets; Fear and the Mystic. Through its breadth, depth, and interdisciplinary focus, the present volume makes a full contribution to the study of fear in medieval and Renaissance culture for historians, art historians, students of language and philosophy and anyone interested in how people in the past have experienced fear.
Jerusalem is , as Spector says , a perfect poem from the kabbalistic perspective .
... the entire narrative ( comprises ] his fourfold vision of existence , combining
biblical history and current events , along with kabbalistic and British myth ” ( 142
An illustrated quarterly.
In this prizewinning new interpretation of Jewish mysticism, Moshe Idel emphasizes the need for a comparative and phenomenological approach to Kabbalah and its position in the history of religion.
Author: Moshe Idel
Publisher: Yale University Press
In this prizewinning new interpretation of Jewish mysticism, Moshe Idel emphasizes the need for a comparative and phenomenological approach to Kabbalah and its position in the history of religion. Idel provides fresh insights into the origins of Jewish mysticism, the relation between mystical and historical experience, and the impact of Jewish mysticism on western civilization. "Idel's book is studded with major insights, and innovative approaches to the entire history of Judaism, and mastery of it will be essential for all serious students of Jewish thought."--Arthur Green, New York Times Book Review "Moshe Idel's original, scholarly, and stimulating study of Kabbalah contains the promise of a masterwork."--Elie Wiesel "Moshe Idel's book can help the nonspecialized reader to reconsider the whole of Kabbalistic tradition in comparison with many aspects of contemporary thought."--Umberto Eco "There can be no dispute about the importance and originality of Idel's work. Offering a wealth of complementary insights to Gershom Scholem and his school, it will command a great deal of attention and serious discussion."--Alexander Altmann
... that the Kabbalah , like the mountain to Mohamet , had come to him : “ To see
the history of poetry as an endless defensive civil war , indeed a family war , is to
see that every idea of history relevant to the history of poetry must be a concept of
Kabbalah For Dummies also shows how Kabbalah simultaneously presents an approach to the study of text, the performance of ritual and the experience of worship, as well as how the reader can apply its teaching to everyday life.
Author: Arthur Kurzweil
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Kabbalah For Dummies presents a balanced perspective of Kabbalah as an “umbrella” for a complex assemblage of mystical Jewish teachings and codification techniques. Kabbalah For Dummies also shows how Kabbalah simultaneously presents an approach to the study of text, the performance of ritual and the experience of worship, as well as how the reader can apply its teaching to everyday life.
When he began to work on this neglected field, the few who studied these texts were either amateurs who were looking for occult wisdom, or old-style Kabbalists who were seeking guidance on their spiritual journeys.
Author: Gershom Scholem
Gershom Scholem was the master builder of historical studies of the Kabbalah. When he began to work on this neglected field, the few who studied these texts were either amateurs who were looking for occult wisdom, or old-style Kabbalists who were seeking guidance on their spiritual journeys. His work broke with the outlook of the scholars of the previous century in Judaica—die Wissenschaft des Judentums, the Science of Judaism—whose orientation he rejected, calling their “disregard for the most vital aspects of the Jewish people as a collective entity: a form of “censorship of the Jewish past.” The major founders of modern Jewish historical studies in the nineteenth century, Leopold Zunz and Abraham Geiger, had ignored the Kabbalah; it did not fit into their account of the Jewish religion as rational and worthy of respect by “enlightened” minds. The only exception was the historian Heinrich Graetz. He had paid substantial attention to its texts and to their most explosive exponent, the false Messiah Sabbatai Zevi, but Graetz had depicted the Kabbalah and all that flowed from it as an unworthy revolt from the underground of Jewish life against its reasonable, law-abiding, and learned mainstream. Scholem conducted a continuing polemic with Zunz, Geiger, and Graetz by bringing into view a Jewish past more varied, more vital, and more interesting than any idealized portrait could reveal. —from the Foreword by Arthur Hertzberg, 1995