RELG 447 - Dan Chapter 1

RELG 447 - Dan Chapter 1 - The author introduces the...

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The author introduces the concept of Kabbalah by demonstrating the many ways by which the word is used and defined. In modern Israel, some form of the word is used in many day-to-day transactions, and it has some very common and mundane applications. For example, the author implies that it is the root word for ‘receive’, ‘receipt’ or ‘reception.’ Consequently there are many places in everyday life where this word may be used. In my mind this usage is similar to how we might use the word “religious” in English. We can say that someone (or something) is “very religious” but we do not necessarily imply by that statement whether they are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, or Buddhist. Some people “religiously” eat bacon and eggs for breakfast, which is obviously not a “religious” diet to a traditional Rabbi. Similarly, the author implies that the basic usage of the words related to “Kabbalah” can easily have different implications. Kabbalah acquires is mystic-religious connotation from the idea that Moses “received” the Torah
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2011 for the course RELG 447 taught by Professor Nutkiewicz,m. during the Fall '10 term at New Mexico.

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