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By Daniel M. Horwitz

An unparalleled annotated anthology of crucial Jewish mystical works, A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader is designed to facilitate educating those works to all degrees of rookies in grownup schooling and faculty school room settings. Daniel M. Horwitz’s insightful introductions and remark 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 varieties of Jewish mysticism and incorporates 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 throughout the a while, equivalent to construction and deveikut (“cleaving to God”); the position of Torah; the erotic; dispositions towards solid and evil; magic; prayer and formality; and extra. Later chapters care for Hasidism, the nice 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 touching on mysticism’s position inside Judaism and its strength for enriching the Jewish religion.

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