JRC Feb 25th Lecture

JRC Feb 25th Lecture - Feb 25th Lecture I. Definitions of...

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Feb 25 th Lecture I. Definitions of Mysticism a. Religious practice in which an individual aspires to unite with the all encompassing one i. Not so in Judaism 1. Jewish mysticism for beginners don’t always seek all encompassing one a. Joseph Karo- author of Shulhan Arukh (1488) i. Rational mind, ordered ii. In dreamlike states shortly after waking he was visited by a guest (heavenly mentor) the soul of the Mishnah unlocking secrets of Talmud and telling him what to write in his legal code 2. Emphasis on individuality a. Most practices are developed as small communities ii. Mysticism is the expression of the desire to experience the fullness of God’s presence specifically through ones senses. II. Early Jewish Mysticism a. Developed in Provence under Christian rulership b. Ezekiel- i. Discomfort with his writing ii. A Rabbi studied mystical teaching which led him to become a heretic c. Hekhalot literature- attempts to describe God’s palace i. Series of concentric rooms d. Shiur Komah
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHL 285 taught by Professor Sufrin during the Spring '08 term at Northeastern.

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JRC Feb 25th Lecture - Feb 25th Lecture I. Definitions of...

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