Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism by Gershom Scholem

By Gershom Scholem

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A choice of lectures at the positive factors of the circulation of mysticism that begun in antiquity and keeps in Hasidism today.

Forward by means of Robert Altar, with this Scholem dedication:
TO THE reminiscence OFWALTER BENJAMIN  (1892–1940)
The pal of an entire life whose genius united the insightof the Metaphysician, the interpretative energy of the Criticand the erudition of the Scholar

From a reader:
"... He covers the mystic Abraham Abulafia and his prophetic Kabbalism (and the way it broke Kabbalism in two), the Zohar and Moses de Leon, En-Sof (the hidden God), the 10 Sefiroth (numbers) and Sefirotic improvement over the years (from Sefer Yetzirah to the Zohar), additionally the Shekhinah (the woman facet of God), Isaac Luria (the Lion) and his scholars (his Cubs), and the beautiful impression the exile from Spain had at the Kabbalah in general.
The final lectures hide Sabbatai Sevi and the catastrophe he triggered the Jewish humans. He practically destroyed Judaism itself for 250 years afterwards. The influence continues to be felt to at the present time. He additionally indicates the fashionable Hasid's (the Ultra-Orthadox Jews) and the way the Kabbalah and the Zohar influance their teachings and ideology. He additionally indicates why normal Orthadox Jews stay away from the Kabbalah (calling it Jewish witchcraft) and why they considear the Hasid's to be cultists of a type (even although the Kabbalah was once Orthadox Judaism for three hundred years earlier than the arrival of Sabbatai Sevi - which Mr. Scholem painfully issues out).
I have in basic terms scrached the outside of the issues this publication comprises. when you can purchase one e-book on Jewish mysticism, this is often it. it really is worth the purchase."

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The book is dedicated to T. David Brent, the editor of all six of my Chicago monographs (the sixth still coming to be). I do not underestimate, and I cannot overestimate, what David and the press’s support have meant to me over the years, both those of the past and those spread out into the future (for publishing books is very much about the future). I mean every word of the dedication, and then some. Michael Murphy and the Esalen Institute’s Center for Theory and Research have generously supported an annual symposia series that I conceived and subsequently direct on the paranormal and popular culture in Big Sur each May.

Vallee private collection, hanging over the Vallee-Hynek parapsychological library. Used with permission. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data: Kripal, Jeffrey John, 1962– Authors of the impossible : the paranormal and the sacred / Jeffrey J. Kripal. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-13: 978-0-226-45386-6 (cloth: alk. paper) ISBN-10: 0-226-45386-3 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Parapsychology—History. 2. Religion—Psychic aspects. 3. Myers, Frederic William Henry, 1843–1901.

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