Sefer Ha-Zohar

Il Libro dello Splendore - Bereshit -

Author: Shimon bar Yochai

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781988631691

Category: Religion

Page: 468

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Il Libro dello Splendore E l'opera piU importante della tradizione cabalistica ebraica, scritta in un aramaico letterario. In esso si ritrova la teoria delle dieci Sefirot, o Emanazioni, quella dei quattro Mondi, e la funzione preponderante della figura umana all'interno del creato.

Zohar, the Book of Enlightenment

Author: Daniel Chanan Matt

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809123872

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 7659

This is the first translation with commentary of selections from The Zohar, the major text of the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. This work was written in 13th-century Spain by Moses de Leon, a Spanish scholar.

Mistica ebraica

testi della tradizione segreta del giudaismo dal III al XVIII secolo

Author: Giulio Busi,Elena Loewenthal

Publisher: Einaudi

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 723

View: 8515

Il volume costituisce un antologia di testi della tradizione mistica ebraica, meglio nota come Qabbalah, che copre un periodo storico culturale di oltre mille anni - dall'antichità al Cinquecento - e contiene per lo più testi inediti o comunque mai tradotti in italiano. Le opere qui presentate non hanno solo valore di sapienza mistica, di ricerca nelle profondità del mondo - si pensi ai volumi dello Zohar, simbolo di esoterismo, di conoscenza interiore e segreta, di tradizioni più o meno occulte -; esse sono anche testi letterari di grande bellezza, di autentica poesia. Vi troverà quindi ragione di interesse non solo il lettore curioso di cultura alternativa, di tradizioni fino ad ora praticamente sconosciute, ma anche colui che sa apprezzare il racconto, le molteplici descrizioni, le tante suggestioni poetiche di questi antichi materiali. Questa antologia resta a tutt'oggi un'opera unica nel panorama italiano, che mancava di basi adeguate alla conoscenza delle tradizioni ebraiche e mistiche, per altro non estranee alla cultura del nostro paese. Fra Medioevo e Rinascimento, infatti, gli umanisti italiani, da Pico della Mirandola in poi, dimostrarono grande interesse per il mondo ebraico in generale, e in particolare per la Qabbalah.

The Shapes of Knowledge from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment

Author: D.R. Kelley,R.H. Popkin

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401132380

Category: History

Page: 237

View: 3716

The original idea for a conference on the "shapes of knowledge" dates back over ten years to conversations with the late Charles Schmitt of the Warburg Institute. What happened to the classifications of the sciences between the time of the medieval Studium and that of the French Encyclopedie is a complex and highly abstract question; but posing it is an effective way of mapping and evaluating long term intellectual changes, especially those arising from the impact of humanist scholarship, the new science of the seventeenth century, and attempts to evaluate, to apply, to reconcile, and to institutionalize these rival and interacting traditions. Yet such patterns and transformations cannot be well understood from the heights of the general history of ideas. Within the ~eneral framework of the organization of knowledge the map must be filled in by particular explorations and soundings, and our project called for a conference that would combine some encyclopedic (as well as interdisciplinary and inter national) breadth with scholarly and technical depth.

Through a Speculum that Shines

Vision and Imagination in Medieval Jewish Mysticism

Author: Elliot R. Wolfson

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691017228

Category: History

Page: 452

View: 4156

A comprehensive treatment of visionary experience in some of the main texts of Jewish mysticism, this book reveals the overwhelmingly visual nature of religious experience in Jewish spirituality from antiquity through the late Middle Ages. Using phenomenological and critical historical tools, Wolfson examines Jewish mystical texts from late antiquity, pre-kabbalistic sources from the tenth to the twelfth centuries, and twelfth- and thirteenth-century kabbalistic literature. His work demonstrates that the sense of sight assumes an epistemic priority in these writings, reflecting and building upon those scriptural passages that affirm the visual nature of revelatory experience. Moreover, the author reveals an androcentric eroticism in the scopic mentality of Jewish mystics, which placed the externalized and representable form, the phallus, at the center of the visual encounter. In the visionary experience, as Wolfson describes it, imagination serves a primary function, transmuting sensory data and rational concepts into symbols of those things beyond sense and reason. In this view, the experience of a vision is inseparable from the process of interpretation. Fundamentally challenging the conventional distinction between experience and exegesis, revelation and interpretation, Wolfson argues that for the mystics themselves, the study of texts occasioned a visual experience of the divine located in the imagination of the mystical interpreter. Thus he shows how Jewish mystics preserved the invisible transcendence of God without doing away with the visual dimension of belief.

Gershom Scholem

Kabbalah and Counter-history

Author: David Biale

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674363328

Category: History

Page: 205

View: 3856

Through a lifetime of passionate scholarship, Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) uncovered the "domains of tradition hidden under the debris of centuries" and made the history of Jewish mysticism and messianism comprehensible and relevant to current Jewish thought. In this paperback edition of his definitive book on Scholem's work, David Biale has shortened and rearranged his study for the benefit of the general reader and the student. A new introduction and new passages in the main text highlight the pluralistic character of Jewish theology as seen by Scholem, the place of the Kabbalah in debates over Zionism versus assimilation, and the interpretation of Kafka as a Jewish writer.

The "Unique Cherub" Circle

A School of Mystics and Esoterics in Medieval Germany

Author: Joseph Dan

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161467981

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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The main point delivered by this book is that Jews living in Germany during the Middle Ages developped a dynamic and variegated culture which should be recognized as a constituent of European and German medieval religiosity. The esoterics, mystics and pietists who produced works like those analyzed in this volume derived their inspiration from the traditional Jewish texts, but were also part of the world they lived in, despite the seclusions enforced by the religious prejudices of the time. The esoterical-mystical phenomena described were to a very large extent an original development in central-European Jewry, and constitute one of their most important contributions to Jewish culture as a whole. In some cases, a spiritual atmosphere reminiscent of early Protestant sects, which were to appear in the same regions three centuries later, can be discerned. Some of these texts influenced the Christian kabbalists of the sixteenth century, like Johannes Reuchlin and others. This is a major spiritual phenomenon which has been completely neglected until now, and it is hoped that this volume will contribute to a new appreciation of this aspect of European creativity in the Middle Ages.

Blood Passover

Author: Ariel Toaff

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781291916065

Category: History

Page: 374

View: 1385

This translation was performed free of charge to protest an injustice - the destruction by the ADL of Ariel Toaff's ""Blood Passover"" on Jewish ritual murder. The author is the son of the Chief Rabbi of Rome, and a professor of Jewish Renaissance and Medieval History at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, just outside Tel Aviv. Dr. Toaff is uniquely qualified to write this book, being thoroughly familiar with the derivative literature in English, French, German and Italian, as well as the original documentary sources in Latin, Medieval Italian, Hebrew and Yiddish. This is not something he worked on in secret. If it had been published in Israel, in Hebrew, no one would have cared. There are large bodies of literature in Hebrew that Jews do not wish Gentiles to know about. But Dr. Toaff's announcement of its publication in Italy, in Italian, raised a worldwide firestorm of fury. Under unbearable pressure, the book was withdrawn.

The Makers of Hebrew Books in Italy

Being Chapters in the History of the Hebrew Printing Press

Author: David Werner Amram

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Hebrew imprints

Page: 417

View: 8857

Tikunei Zohar. Rectifications of splendor. Ediz. inglese e aramaica

Author: Simon bar Yohai

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788894956962

Category: Religion

Page: 248

View: 1030

Tikunei Zohar, also known as the Tikunim, is a main text of Kabbalah and a separate appendix to the Zohar consisting of seventy commentaries on the opening word of the Torah, 'In the beginning (Bereshit)'. It contains deep secret mystical teachings, such as the account of Creation through the Hebrew letters, permutations, stirring dialogues, fervent prayers, and the explanation of the Hawayah (Tetragrammaton). The Tikunim, literally Rectifications, are meant to repair and support the Shekinah (Divine Presence), so that we can restore Man from the fallen to the perfect state again. Rabbi Nachman of Breslov was involved with the Tikunim more than with any other book, and he stated that it is of such different holiness and wisdom that it is beyond compare to the rest of the holy Zohar (Chayey Moharan). He also said that 'Concerning the book Tikunei Zohar, one thousand books would not suffice to explain the secrets that are to be found there' (Sichot Haran)

Tikunei Zohar. Rectifications of splendor. Ediz. inglese e aramaica

Author: Simon bar Yohai

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788894956955

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 7403

Tikunei Zohar, also known as the Tikunim, is a main text of Kabbalah and a separate appendix to the Zohar consisting of seventy commentaries on the opening word of the Torah, 'In the beginning (Bereshit)'. It contains deep secret mystical teachings, such as the account of Creation through the Hebrew letters, permutations, stirring dialogues, fervent prayers, and the explanation of the Hawayah (Tetragrammaton). The Tikunim, literally Rectifications, are meant to repair and support the Shekinah (Divine Presence), so that we can restore Man from the fallen to the perfect state again. Rabbi Nachman of Breslov was involved with the Tikunim more than with any other book, and he stated that it is of such different holiness and wisdom that it is beyond compare to the rest of the holy Zohar (Chayey Moharan). He also said that 'Concerning the book Tikunei Zohar, one thousand books would not suffice to explain the secrets that are to be found there' (Sichot Haran)

Astrology in the Renaissance

The Zodiac of Life

Author: Eugenio Garin

Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

ISBN: 9780140192599

Category: Astrology

Page: 144

View: 1962

Sceptics, Millenarians, and Jews

Author: David S. Katz,Jonathan Irvine Israel

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004091603

Category: History

Page: 293

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One of the main consequences of recent work in early modern intellectual and religious history has been a discrediting of the notion of a sudden and dramatic transition to the spiritual world of the Enlightenment. Scholars are increasingly examining the underlying spiritual trends and tendencies which confirm the variety and complexity of the slow movement from Renaissance to Enlightenment, and the profound impact of many of the manifestations of intellectual and religious tension during the early modern period. The essays in this volume are a contribution to this process of reappraisal, focusing specifically on the phenomena of scepticism and millenarianism, especially as part of the more pronounced role of the Jews and their culture.

The Kabbalah

Its Doctrines, Development, and Literature

Author: Christian David Ginsburg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Cabala

Page: 163

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Zohar: The Book of Splendor

Basic Readings from the Kabbalah

Author: Gershom Scholem

Publisher: Schocken

ISBN: 0307493695

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 6744

One of the great masterpieces of Western religious thought, the Zohar represents an attempt to uncover hidden meanings behind the world of appearances. It is the central work in the literature of the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. This volume of selected passages from the Zohar, culled by the greatest authority on Jewish mysticism, offers a sampling of its unique vision of the esoteric wonders of creation; the life and destiny of the soul; the confluence of physical and divine love; suffering and death; exile and redemption. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Muse

Author: Anne Calhoun

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698175743

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 3573

The author of The List continues her sinfully addictive Irresistible series with a provocative new novel about a woman inspired by her most forbidden desires… Arden MacCarren can’t afford to lose control. Her family’s investment house has failed, their professional reputation is all but destroyed, and it’s up to Arden to hold the line. The only distraction she allows herself is a weekly drawing class where she can forget everything. Then she meets Seth Malone. When he poses in her class, strong, mysterious, and unbearably sexy, she can’t resist him. The only thing she can do is keep it purely physical—no emotions, no strings, and definitely no telling. Seth understands responsibilities, both Arden’s and his own. During his last tour as a Marine he lost his best friends to an IED. He has a duty to look after his buddies’ survivors. All he allows himself is the stolen moments with Arden. But as he’s drawn into Arden’s battle with her demons, he comes face-to-face with his own. Seth will have to choose between a duty he can’t ignore and the longing to inspire Arden’s every desire—mind, soul, and body… From the Trade Paperback edition.

Judaism and Christian Art

Aesthetic Anxieties from the Catacombs to Colonialism

Author: Herbert L. Kessler,David Nirenberg

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812208366

Category: History

Page: 456

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Christian cultures across the centuries have invoked Judaism in order to debate, represent, and contain the dangers presented by the sensual nature of art. By engaging Judaism, both real and imagined, they explored and expanded the perils and possibilities for Christian representation of the material world. The thirteen essays in Judaism and Christian Art reveal that Christian art has always defined itself through the figures of Judaism that it produces. From its beginnings, Christianity confronted a host of questions about visual representation. Should Christians make art, or does attention to the beautiful works of human hands constitute a misplaced emphasis on the things of this world or, worse, a form of idolatry ("Thou shalt make no graven image")? And if art is allowed, upon what styles, motifs, and symbols should it draw? Christian artists, theologians, and philosophers answered these questions and many others by thinking about and representing the relationship of Christianity to Judaism. This volume is the first dedicated to the long history, from the catacombs to colonialism but with special emphasis on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, of the ways in which Christian art deployed cohorts of "Jews"—more figurative than real—in order to conquer, defend, and explore its own territory.

Understanding Our Mind

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1458711358

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: N.A

View: 6924

Understanding Our Mind is an accessible guide for anyone who is curious about the inner workings of the mind. Originally released as Transformation at the Base, a finalist for the 2001 Nautilus Award, this seminal work on Buddhist applied psychology features a new introduction by Dharma teacher Reb Anderson. Understanding Our Mind is based on fifty verses on the nature of consciousness taken from the great fifth-century Buddhist master Vasubandhu. With compassion and insight, Nhat Hanh reveals how these ancient teachings can be applied to the modern world. Nhat Hanh focuses on the direct experience of recognizing and embracing the nature of our feelings and perceptions. The quality of our lives, he says, depends on the quality of the seeds in our minds. Buddhism teaches us how to nourish the seeds of joy and transform the seeds of suffering so that our understanding, love, and compassion can flower.

The Beginning of the World in Renaissance Jewish Thought

Ma’aseh Bereshit in Italian Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah, 1492-1535

Author: Brian Ogren

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004330631

Category: Philosophy

Page: 212

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In The Beginning of the World in Renaissance Jewish Thought, Brian Ogren deeply analyzes late fifteenth century Italian Jewish thought concerning the creation of the world and the beginning of time. Ogren examines uses of philosophy and Kabbalah in the thought of four important fifteenth century thinkers.