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 Conclusions: Mysticism, Metaphysics, and the Limitations of Beit El Kabbalah

Pinchas Giller

in Shalom Shar'abi and the Kabbalists of Beit El

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195328806
eISBN:
9780199870196
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328806.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book is a combination of a historical survey of a kabbalistic school and a study of a “lived tradition” that is, a living community of Kabbalists. Beit El has maintained a direct historical link ... More


The Legacy of German Jewry

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823228263
eISBN:
9780823237142
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823228263.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

First published in 1957, this book is a rethinking of the German–Jewish experience. The book challenges the elegiac view of Gershom Scholem, showing us the German–Jewish legacy in literature, ... More


Gershom Scholem: An Intellectual Biography

Amir Engel

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226428635
eISBN:
9780226428772
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226428772.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This book discusses the life and work of the best-known Israeli scholar, the Kabbalah historian of German Jewish descent, Gershom Scholem (1897 – 1982). It offers a new perspective on this seminal ... More


The Anti-Journalist: Karl Kraus and Jewish Self-Fashioning in Fin-de-Siecle Europe

Paul Reitter

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226709703
eISBN:
9780226709727
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226709727.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, Karl Kraus created a bold new style of media criticism, penning incisive satires that elicited both admiration and outrage. Kraus' spectacularly hostile critiques often ... More


Mystifying Kabbalah: Academic Scholarship, National Theology, and New Age Spirituality

Boaz Huss

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780190086961
eISBN:
9780190086992
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190086961.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The book offers a study of the genealogy of the concept of “Jewish mysticism.” It examines the major developments in the academic study of Jewish mysticism and its impact on modern Kabbalistic ... More


The Mathematical Imagination: On the Origins and Promise of Critical Theory

Matthew Handelman

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780823283835
eISBN:
9780823286270
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823283835.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

The Mathematical Imagination is an archaeology of the undeveloped potential of mathematics for critical theory. As Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno first conceived of the critical project in the ... More


Buber versus Scholem and the Figure of the Hasidic Jew: A Literary Debate between Two Political Theologies

Hannan Hever

in Jews and the Ends of Theory

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780823282005
eISBN:
9780823284795
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823282005.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter looks at one of the most famous and significant debates in Jewish studies: between Gershom Scholem and Martin Buber over the character of Hasidism. On the face of it, the debate was a ... More


Zion

Yaacob Dweck

in Dissident Rabbi: The Life of Jacob Sasportas

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691183572
eISBN:
9780691189949
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691183572.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on Gershom Scholem and Joel Teitelbaum as readers of Jacob Sasportas. Both Scholem and Teitelbaum considered the middle of the twentieth century as a period of crisis, and each, ... More


Coda

Yaacob Dweck

in Dissident Rabbi: The Life of Jacob Sasportas

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691183572
eISBN:
9780691189949
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691183572.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This coda details how Jacob Sasportas, as well as his three most intensive readers—Jacob Emden, Gershom Scholem, and Joel Teitelbaum—all perceived their worlds to be in crisis. For Sasportas, the ... More


Epilogue

Boaz Huss

in Mystifying Kabbalah: Academic Scholarship, National Theology, and New Age Spirituality

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780190086961
eISBN:
9780190086992
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190086961.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The epilogue to the book clarifies that this book took the opposite direction from the ongoing project of exposing the existence of Jewish mysticism and of subjugating Kabbalah and Hasidism to this ... More


Gershom Scholem and Leo Strauss: Notes toward a German-Jewish Dialogue

in Reading Leo Strauss: Politics, Philosophy, Judaism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226764023
eISBN:
9780226763903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226763903.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Gershom Scholem and Leo Strauss, the two most important Jewish thinkers, whose prominence, if not preeminence, among the most important German Jewish thinkers is already ... More


Jewish to the Core

Suzanne Vromen

in Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230754
eISBN:
9780823235858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230754.003.0020
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Hannah Arendt's Jewish identity and how it evolved over time. Her experience as a Jew was the foundation of all her thinking, and her Jewishness was ... More


Adorno; or, Negative Dialectics as Negative Theology

Peter E. Gordon

in Migrants in the Profane: Critical Theory and the Question of Secularization

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780300250763
eISBN:
9780300255591
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300250763.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Examines the concept of secularization in the writings of Theodor W. Adorno, with special emphasis on the development of negative dialectics as an attempt to realize the principle that theological ... More


Historiography, Personal History, and Folk Tales

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/9781904113393.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter talks about Gershom Scholem as the pioneer of the academic study of Kabbalah during the twentieth century. It explores Scholem's portrayal of the rabbinate that retains some of the ... More


Habad Messianism: A Combination of Opposites

Naftali Loewenthal

in Hasidism Beyond Modernity: Essays in Habad Thought and History

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764708
eISBN:
9781800343313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764708.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The previous chapters about women in Habad hasidism brought together concepts such as the Lower Unity, in which the Divine is recognized in the here and now, and the empowerment of women to ‘spread ... More


‘From the Source of Mercy’: Graveside Prayer in Habad Hasidism

Naftali Loewenthal

in Hasidism Beyond Modernity: Essays in Habad Thought and History

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764708
eISBN:
9781800343313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764708.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Rabbi Menachem Mendel’s teachings about the messiah revealed a beautiful vision to his followers. For many, this meant willing participation in an intense messianic movement focused on the person of ... More


Habad, the Rebbe, and the Messiah in the Twenty-First Century

Naftali Loewenthal

in Hasidism Beyond Modernity: Essays in Habad Thought and History

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764708
eISBN:
9781800343313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764708.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

We have looked at a number of aspects of the Habad-Lubavitch movement in their historical context: its relationship with general Jewish society, the theme of outreach, including beyond the Jewish ... 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


Joseph Weiss: Letters to Ora: To my son Uriel Joseph with love

Sara Ora Heller Wilensky

in Hasidism Reappraised

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774204
eISBN:
9781800340787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774204.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter looks at the twenty letters that Joseph Weiss sent to the author in Cambridge, Massachusetts, over the years 1949 to 1968. These letters offer an insight into Weiss's spiritual ... More


The Zaddik: The Interrelationship between Religious Doctrine and Social Organization

Immanuel Etkes

in Hasidism Reappraised

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774204
eISBN:
9781800340787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774204.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on the zaddik. The bulk of the scholarship concerned with the position of the leader in hasidism has been focused on the ideology, usually referred to as the doctrine, of ... More


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