The Book of Eloheme (God)

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This amounts to what is undoubtedly one of the most original and interesting elements of his astrological scheme—not completely compatible with the Ptolemaic system, and probably derived, as we will shortly see, from a Byzantine cosmological tradition, transmitting a certain trace of Gnostic influence. It contains the general plan of the construction of the world, which is manifested concretely in the third sefira [Intelligence]....

Touching the Wall - Entering the Steam

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Without words, the Tao can be experienced, and without a name, it can be known.” (Lao Tsu, 1984). Presented on "Sacred Time in Hasidic Thought." "Narrative Voice in the Zohar," paper delivered at the conference of the AJS in Los Angeles, CA (December 2009). "Between Kabbalah and Fiction: Reading the Zohar as Literature," presentation delivered at Colby College in Waterville, Maine (November 2009). "The Holiness of Shabbat: Sacred Time in Hasidic Mysticism," presentation delivered to the Holiness Working Group at Princeton University, a division of the Tikvah Project on Jewish Thought at Princeton (March 2009). "The Zohar: Mystical Imagination and Literary Craft," presentation delivered at two-day conference on "Jewish Mysticism—New Insights and Scholarship" at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL (February 2009). "Dramatic Monologue and the Question of Genre in Zoharic Narrative," composed for meeting of the AJS in Toronto, Canada (December 2007). "Perceptions of Greatness: Constructions of the Holy Man in Kabbalistic Literature," composed for meeting of the AJS in San Diego, CA (December 2006). "Constructions of the Self in Jewish Mystical Literature," paper delivered at the 2005 conference of the AJS in Washington, DC. "The Interpretation of Scripture in Jewish Mysticism," paper delivered at symposium on comparative mysticism (the other two participating scholars were Profs.

The Essential Zohar: The Source of Kabbalistic Wisdom

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This book offers an inquiry into a series of full-page illuminated scenes and their relation to piyyut commentary and the ideas of Hasidei Ashkenaz. The first period was the natural period where God reveals himself through the three lettered Divine Name Shaddai (The Strong). Traditionalists would claim that it was written by the rabbis of Galilee in the second century C. Moreover. there is no Kabbalist whose writings more closely resemble the Zohar in thought and compositional approach.

The Kabalah And The Greater Holy Synod

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Forget the "symbol of spring" or "cycle of the year" explanation. With the three together He has built his dwelling, as it is written, "He maketh the winds his messengers, his ministers a flaming fire" (Psalm, civ. 4). Relative to this prodigious research. as a product of poetic and narrative artistry. It appeared in Provence in the late12th century. It seems to have been composed shortly before that. Medieval Hebrew; the Midrash, the Kabbalah -- v. 5.

How the Heavens Heal

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There are millions upon millions of our fellow human beings to whom altruism seems to be a weakness in character, and to whom justice and fairness appear foolish sentimentalities. Kabbalah also has a more specific meaning in Jewish history: it is an esoteric Jewish subculture running within and among the mainstream cultures of rabbinic Rabbinic Judaism is the Judaism descended from the rabbis, the teachers, who compiled the Mishnah and the Talmud between the second and fifth centuries CE, and all the tradition and learning of Judaism that has issued from them.

Purim Secrets: Behind the Mask

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Jewish mysticism is intended for Jews and is built upon a Jewish interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, definitely NOT Christian interpretation or Christianity. By emphasizing the mystical-spiritual quality of musar, the present study challenges the dominant scholarly position, which understands the genre first and foremost as ‘Jewish ethical literature’. It refers to mysterious writings of Jared, Cain, and Noah, and presents Abraham as the renewer, and Levi as the permanent guardian, of these ancient writings.

The Golden Dawn Journal, Book 2: Qabalah: Theory and Magic

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In the views of some Kabbalists this conceives 'evil' as a 'quality of God', asserting that negativity enters into the essence of the Absolute. It would suffice us to imitate them and to make a Law after their words and example. The founder of Isralight presents teachings of kabbalah as a source of personal and spiritual sustenance. When the Bible says that human was created in the image of God, it refers to the structure of the sefirot. In modern “Chaos Theory” these two types of “chaos” are described in relation to the physical world.

Chesed - Workbook 2: A Vision of Love (The practical Qabalah

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The secret society is a system and order of controlling the participants through Kabbalah. To understand it. and the locus of the drama takes place in the Shekhinah. They are intermingled not always harmoniously. The red thread bracelets do exist, but they are usually enhanced by the incorporation of charms, symbols, and icons. Hence it demands a place in any general work on Freemasonry." 2 These quotes from the 19th century, and others like them, give anti-masons free rein to claim Freemasonry is cabalistic without really understanding either Freemasonry or the Kabbalah.

Kabbalah: A Selective Annotated Bibliography of

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With Augustine Chaboseau, Stanislas de Guaita, Sedir (Yvon Leloup), Charles Bartlet, Josepin Peladan, and virtually all of the moving forces in French occultism, the Martinist Order was founded, by Papus, to perpetuate the ideas and teachings of Saint-Martin and Martinez Pasquales, in a new kabbalistic framework, complete with seven degrees, which were later reduced to three. In 1934 Hitler declared, "We shall form an Order, the Brotherhood of the Templars around the Holy Grail of pure blood."

Ramban: Philosopher and Kabbalist: On the Basis of His

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Mysticism is the pursuit of identity with, or conscious awareness of an ultimate reality, divinity, spiritual truth, or God through direct experience, intuition, instinct or insight. This excerpt from an article by Geertz, one of the most prominent anthropologists, can be a starting point for further inquiry. This is a bibliograpy of basic works in English on Jewish mysticism: Kabbalah, Chassidism and Jewish meditation. How did this affect you? help you grow as a person? (2) How has your understanding / definition of "spirituality" and "mysticism" changed?