The Ascent of the Merkava

The Ascent to the Merkabah– The Mystical Chariot that bears the Divine Throne From Pirkei Heikhalot (translation based on that of D. Blumenthal and L. Grodner, in D. Blumenthal, Understanding Jewish Mysticism (New York: Ktav, 1978). The First Palace abbi Ishmael said: When you come and stand at the gate of the …

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Creating Zoharic Texts

CREATING ZOHARIC TEXTS *    David R. Blumenthal Eliana Fishkin Gabrielle Pieck Benjamin Blumenthal The First Text Commentary to the First Text The Second Text The Third Text Commentary to the Third Text   The Zohar is one of the most theologically powerful books ever written. It deals …

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Maimonides’ Philosophic Mysticism

MAIMONIDES’  PHILOSOPHIC  MYSTICISM[1] The Exoteric and the Esoteric Maimonides   The period of Judeo-Islamic philosophy is usually characterized as a convivencia, a symbiotic ecumenical relationship, which bound Muslims, Jews, and Christians into a fellowship of students and scholars of philosophy. The topics raised by Greek science and philosophy in …

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