October 8 secular judaism

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October 8, 2009 Secular Judaism Kabbalah Jewish Mysticism Madonna uses kabbalah in a different way. Jewish mysticism was more in the middle ages. V Originally word from Hebrew from word Le-ka-bel= to receive Oral traditions of esoteric or secret knowledge What is it? Traces of it in modern stuff. New age issues of self fulfillment which is not what kabalah is about. It’s a field that is a combination A combiniation of theology, Mysticism and theosophy – focuses more on theosophy. Kabalah dealt mainly with theology and theosophy then of mysticism. Essentially an oral tradition in that initiation into its doctrines and practices is conducted by a personal guide to avoid the dangers inherent in mystical experiences. . Kabbalistic texts are usually dated later- some are mystical and deal with methods to circumvent realtiy and influence reality in ways that aren’t natural. But most texts aren’t mystical. It is hidden from the main population Wanted to explain how these legal issues have an influence on the divine. Esoteric kabbalah is also “tradition” inasmuch as it lays claim to secret knowledge of the unwritten Torah (divine revelation) that was communicated by god to moses and adam. Though observance of the law of Moses remained the basic tenet of Judaism, kabbalah provided ta means of understand the affect of the commandments. The earliest roots of kabbalah are traced to Merkava mysticism. It began to flourish in the land of Israel in the 1 st century and had as its main concern ecstatic and mystical contemplation of the divine throne, or “chariot” (merkava), seen in a vision by Ezekiel the prophet. The earliest known jewish text on magic and cosmology, sefer yetzira (“book of
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2009 for the course JWST-121 Jwst-121 taught by Professor Professorcohen during the Spring '09 term at Tulane.

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