Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism by Gershom Scholem

By Gershom Scholem

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A choice of lectures at the gains of the circulate of mysticism that all started in antiquity and maintains in Hasidism today.

Forward via Robert Altar, with this Scholem dedication:
TO THE reminiscence OFWALTER BENJAMIN  (1892–1940)
The good friend of an entire life whose genius united the insightof the Metaphysician, the interpretative strength 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 part of God), Isaac Luria (the Lion) and his scholars (his Cubs), and the beautiful effect the exile from Spain had at the Kabbalah in general.
The final lectures disguise Sabbatai Sevi and the catastrophe he triggered the Jewish humans. He almost destroyed Judaism itself for 250 years afterwards. The effect continues to be felt to this present day. 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 exhibits why normal Orthadox Jews keep away from the Kabbalah (calling it Jewish witchcraft) and why they considear the Hasid's to be cultists of a kind (even even though the Kabbalah used to be Orthadox Judaism for three hundred years sooner than the appearance of Sabbatai Sevi - which Mr. Scholem painfully issues out).
I have in simple terms scrached the skin of the issues this ebook comprises. in case you can purchase one e-book on Jewish mysticism, this is often it. it truly is worth the purchase."

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