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Uniter of Heaven and Earth
Uniter of Heaven and Earth (October 1998)
Rabbi Meshullam Feibush Heller of Zbarazh and the Rise of Hasidism in Eastern Galicia
Miles Krassen - Author

A clear and penetrating account of the basis of Hasidic mysticism. Includes translations of many texts never before available in English.

Uniter of Heaven and Earth
explores an important stage in the development of Hasidism, the eighteenth-century Jewish mystical movement. The author presents a clear and penetrating account of the basis of Hasidic mysticism, clarifying its basic beliefs and contemplative practices. The...(Read More)
 
 
Martin Buber and the Human Sciences
Martin Buber and the Human Sciences (June 1996)
Maurice Friedman - Editor

This is the first book on Buber to address the full scope of his seminal influence for any number of thinkers and fields from philosophy to psychotherapy to literary theory.

"This book is timely/past due for a current follow up source to identify the influences of this major twentieth-century thinker on his successors. I found the book hard to put down--despite coming across my desk at a busy end of term. Clearly Buber's...(Read More)
 
 
Worship of the Heart
Worship of the Heart (October 1995)
A Study of Maimonides' Philosophy of Religion
Ehud Z. Benor - Author

Shows that for Maimonides (medieval Jewish philosopher) prayer as a pure act of worship is essential.

"This book is well written, tightly argued, and philosophically informed. It deals with an important issue that no one else has discussed in this detail. It is significant for Maimonides' scholarship and for philosophy of religion in general because it deals with a timeless question: the significance of prayer. Highly or...(Read More)
 
 
Along the Path
Along the Path (July 1995)
Studies in Kabbalistic Myth, Symbolism, and Hermeneutics
Elliot R. Wolfson - Author

This book explores the fundamental issues in Jewish mysticism and provides a taxonomy of the deep structures of thought that emerge from the texts.
"This book demonstrates the complexity of Jewish mysticism in the history of religions. The author provides a morphology of the deep structures of thought that emerge from the basic texts of Jewish mysticism. Combining the most sophisticated philological and phenomenological methods, he expl...(Read More)
 
 
Circle in the Square
Circle in the Square (July 1995)
Studies in the Use of Gender in Kabbalistic Symbolism
Elliot R. Wolfson - Author

This book deals with the issue of gender in Jewish mysticism showing the thematic correlation of eroticism and esotericism that is central to the kabbalah.
"A tour de force in terms of historical range, analytic boldness, textual sources, and interpretive constructions. An important contribution in every sense to Jewish thought and interpretation." -- Michael Fishbane, University of Chicago
"Wolfson has a knack for selecting particul...(Read More)
 
 
Hasidism
Hasidism (January 1995)
Between Ecstasy and Magic
Moshe Idel - Author

"Idel's book has broken new ground in the study of the mystical Judaism of Eastern Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. By applying what he calls the panoramic approach, in contrast to the existentialist approach of Buber and the historicist approach of Scholem, Idel has been able to illuminate the phenomenon of Hasidism in all its complexity and diversity. Rather than focusing on any one immediate aspect of Jewish mysticism, Idel prop...(Read More)
 
 
Gershom Scholem
Gershom Scholem (July 1994)
The Man and His Work
Paul Mendes-Flohr - Editor

In the early part of the twentieth century, Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) founded the academic discipline of the study of Jewish Mysticism. In so doing, he not only broke new scholarly ground; but he also revolutionized the field of Judaic Studies as a whole and left an indelible mark on the study of religion.

This book presents essays by several of Israel's eminent scholars, reflecting on Scholem's impact on the academic and Jewish worlds, an...(Read More)
 
 
The Enlightened Will Shine
The Enlightened Will Shine (October 1993)
Symbolization and Theurgy in the Later Strata of the Zohar
Pinchas Giller - Author

"This is a fine piece of scholarship. It constitutes a pioneering study of a major figure in the medieval Jewish mystical tradition. The discussion of theurgy and the experiential element within the Jewish mystical tradition are particularly important contributions to this fledgling area of study." -- Mark Verman, St. John's University

This book analyzes the use of symbolism and theurgy in two sections of the Zohar, the centra...(Read More)
 
 
The Midrashic Imagination
The Midrashic Imagination (July 1993)
Jewish Exegesis, Thought, and History
Michael Fishbane - Editor

"Written by some of the most outstanding scholars of Jewish Studies, this book sheds light on the dominant cognitive mode of Judaism. Through the Midrashic process Jewish scholars molded Jewish consciousness, responded to historical crises, created legal and theological norms, and shaped Jewish culture. The book offers a sophisticated analysis of textuality in Judaism: the interpretation of sacred texts explains both the traditionalist nature of ...(Read More)
 
 
Studies in the Zohar
Studies in the Zohar (March 1993)
Yehuda Liebes - Author
Arnold Schwartz - Translator
Stephanie Nakache - Translator
Penina Peli - Translator

This book deals with the "Book of Splendor" (Sefer ha-Zohar), the greatest achievement of Kabbalah and one of the most influential sources of Western mysticism. This book offers a new interpretation of the Zohar, analyzing both its theoretical content and its historical context; it also brings the theory and the history together by indicating the personal and autobiographical elements in the Zohar's teachings. The author delves into the issues of ...(Read More)
 
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