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The Man Behind the Legends: The Life of Judah Loew

Byron L. Sherwin

in Mystical Theology and Social Dissent: The Life and Works of Judah Loew of Prague

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100516
eISBN:
9781800340886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100516.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter provides a biography of Judah Loew. Whether Loew spent his childhood in Posnań or in Prague cannot be determined. It is only with 1553 that there is any certainty where he was and what ... More


Mystical Theology and Social Reform

Byron L. Sherwin

in Mystical Theology and Social Dissent: The Life and Works of Judah Loew of Prague

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100516
eISBN:
9781800340886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100516.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on the relationship between Judah Loew's theological constructs and his program for social reform. By intertwining his mystical theology with his social dissent, Judah Loew ... More


Messianic Redemption

Byron L. Sherwin

in Mystical Theology and Social Dissent: The Life and Works of Judah Loew of Prague

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100516
eISBN:
9781800340886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100516.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter evaluates Judah Loew's understanding of the nature of the Messianic Era. For Judah Loew, the advent of the Messiah does not represent the abrogation or superseding of the commandments of ... More


Judah Loew: Writings and Sources

Byron L. Sherwin

in Mystical Theology and Social Dissent: The Life and Works of Judah Loew of Prague

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100516
eISBN:
9781800340886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100516.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores the nature and the scope of Judah Loew's literary work. Rabbi Loew's first published work was the Gur Aryeh (The Lion's Whelp, 1578), a supercommentary on Solomon ben Isaac's ... More


The Nature of God

Byron L. Sherwin

in Mystical Theology and Social Dissent: The Life and Works of Judah Loew of Prague

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100516
eISBN:
9781800340886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100516.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter assesses Judah Loew's views on the nature of God. Rabbi Loew's position on this question derives from and is expressive of the idea of God as it had been developed in Jewish mystical ... More


Man and Cosmos: The Quest for Perfection

Byron L. Sherwin

in Mystical Theology and Social Dissent: The Life and Works of Judah Loew of Prague

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100516
eISBN:
9781800340886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100516.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses Judah Loew's views on perfection. In developing his notion of the centrality of man, Loew drew from the anthropocentric views of his predecessors in the history of Jewish ... More


Rabbi Loew in Legend

Byron L. Sherwin

in Mystical Theology and Social Dissent: The Life and Works of Judah Loew of Prague

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100516
eISBN:
9781800340886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100516.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses the legends surrounding the “exalted” Judah Loew, called the “Maharal,” rabbi of Prague. In the synagogue of Prague, Rabbi Loew's chair still stands. Though great scholars and ... More


Judah Loew and Modern Jewish Scholarship

Byron L. Sherwin

in Mystical Theology and Social Dissent: The Life and Works of Judah Loew of Prague

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100516
eISBN:
9781800340886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100516.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines Judah Loew in modern Jewish scholarship. The personal and intellectual prejudices of many nineteenth-century German Jewish scholars toward Central and Eastern European Jewry ... More


Judah Loew and the Jewish Mystical Tradition: Introductory Remarks

Byron L. Sherwin

in Mystical Theology and Social Dissent: The Life and Works of Judah Loew of Prague

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100516
eISBN:
9781800340886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100516.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter evaluates Judah Loew's influence upon the Jewish mystical tradition which succeeded him. Rabbi Loew's writings made a significant impact upon the two major trends in the history of ... More


Jew and Gentile: Halakhic Concretizations

Byron L. Sherwin

in Mystical Theology and Social Dissent: The Life and Works of Judah Loew of Prague

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100516
eISBN:
9781800340886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100516.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter studies Judah Loew's views concerning the Jewish people and its relationship to other peoples. It analyzes the application of his theoretical considerations to two concrete problems in ... More


Conclusion

Byron L. Sherwin

in Mystical Theology and Social Dissent: The Life and Works of Judah Loew of Prague

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100516
eISBN:
9781800340886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100516.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This concluding chapter describes how previous studies of Judah Loew ignored his theology. Moreover, previous studies have attempted to portray him as he was not, i.e., as a proto-modern. Thus, a ... More


The Nature of the Torah

Byron L. Sherwin

in Mystical Theology and Social Dissent: The Life and Works of Judah Loew of Prague

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100516
eISBN:
9781800340886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100516.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter assesses Judah Loew's views on the nature of the Torah. For Rabbi Loew, the Torah, though essentially spiritual, also has a material dimension. By means of the commandments, which ... More


Beyond Human Perfection: ‘Cleaving’ to God

Byron L. Sherwin

in Mystical Theology and Social Dissent: The Life and Works of Judah Loew of Prague

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100516
eISBN:
9781800340886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100516.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines Judah Loew's understanding of devekut (“cleaving to God”). It traces the development of major aspects of the idea of devekut in sources which most probably influenced him. These ... More


Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague and his Attitude to the Aggadah

Jacob Elbaum

in Midrash Unbound: Transformations and Innovations

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113713
eISBN:
9781800340169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113713.003.0019
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter studies Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague and his attitude to the aggadah. The literary works of Rabbi Judah Loew, known as Maharal of Prague, include books which are defined as ‘expositions of ... More


Jew and Gentile: Theoretical Considerations

Byron L. Sherwin

in Mystical Theology and Social Dissent: The Life and Works of Judah Loew of Prague

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100516
eISBN:
9781800340886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100516.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter addresses Judah Loew's views on the distinctions between Jews and Gentiles, especially Christians. For Judah Loew, each people may be considered a unique “species” of human being, a ... More


Mystical Theology and Social Dissent: The Life and Works of Judah Loew of Prague

Byron L. Sherwin

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100516
eISBN:
9781800340886
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100516.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Judah Loew, better known as the Maharal of Prague, was a pivotal personality in late medieval European Judaism. Best known from the popular legend that credited him with the creation of a golem—an ... More


Prague’s Rabbinic Culture: Halakhah and Kabbalah

Sharon Flatto

in Kabbalistic Culture of Eighteenth-century Prague: Ezekiel Landau and His Contemporaries

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113393
eISBN:
9781800342675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113393.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter chronicles the continued importance of halakhah and Kabbalah within the rabbinic culture and surveys Prague's largely overlooked talmudic academies, Jewish court system, and numerous ... More


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