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Process of Redemption Envisioned by the Vilna Ga'on's Disciples

Arie Morgenstern

in Hastening Redemption: Messianism and the Resettlement of the Land of Israel

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195305784
eISBN:
9780199784820
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195305787.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The Vilna Ga’on, an extraordinary Talmudic scholar, inspired in his disciples a sense that he was a supernatural phenomenon, with a messianic mission to redeem the Jewish nation by disseminating the ... More


 Feminist, Ecological, and Pastoral Explorations

Gloria L. Schaab

in Creative Suffering of the Triune God: An Evolutionary Theology

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195329124
eISBN:
9780199785711
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329124.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Chapter 6 contributes to the renaissance of a practical theology of Trinity by delineating some positive implications of its evolutionary theology of the suffering God for feminist, ecological, and ... More


  Kavvanah and Kavvanot

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/9780195328806.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The kabbalistic practice of prayer intentions, or kavvanot, derives from the general theological problem of proper intention in observing the laws of Judaism. The experience of kavvanot practice is ... More


 Beit El Practice

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/9780195328806.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Beit El thought and practice eschews “classical” Jewish mysticism in favor of a worldview entirely based on Lurianic Kabbalah. In some cases, Beit El kabbalists are at a loss when non‐Lurianic ... More


Asceticism and Eroticism in Medieval Jewish Philosophical and Mystical Exegesis of the Song of Songs

Elliot R. Wolfson

in With Reverence for the Word: Medieval Scriptural Exegesis in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195137279
eISBN:
9780199849482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137279.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

The ascetic impulse manifested in pious devotion may be rooted in erotic desire, which is a recurring element in the phenomenology of religious experience. Matters pertaining to the sacred can be ... More


Siluk Ha-Shekhinah: Sin, Defilement, and the Departure of the Divine Presence

Jonathan Klawans

in Impurity and Sin in Ancient Judaism

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195132908
eISBN:
9780199848850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195132908.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines the tannaitic treatment of the idea of moral defilement. It begins by offering some general observations about the tannaitic passages that form the basis of analysis. The first ... More


Steps toward Feminine Imagery in Jewish Theology

Rita M. Gross

in A Garland of Feminist Reflections: Forty Years of Religious Exploration

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520255852
eISBN:
9780520943667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520255852.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The most profound, intriguing, and inviting of all Jewish theologies, the Kabbalah, teaches us that galut, i.e. exile, is the fundamental reality and pain of present existence. It teaches that one of ... More


The Dregs of Tar

David Greenstein

in Roads to Utopia: The Walking Stories of the Zohar

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804788335
eISBN:
9780804789684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804788335.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

Analysis of a walking story reveals a contradiction between the Zohar's mystical theory and the actual practice of Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai (Rashbi) and his disciples. On the one hand, the Zohar urges ... More


The Spatial Orientation of the Zohar

David Greenstein

in Roads to Utopia: The Walking Stories of the Zohar

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804788335
eISBN:
9780804789684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804788335.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

The Zohar, in its mystic quest, seeks to abolish space, to privilege the point or the vertical axis as spiritual dimensions. The horizontal dimension is given over to history and to the mundane, or ... More


Contesting the Kingdom of Heaven: Rachel as Counterpart to Christ

Ellen D. Haskell

in Mystical Resistance: Uncovering the Zohar's Conversations with Christianity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190600433
eISBN:
9780190600457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600433.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter demonstrates how the Zohar’s reinvention of the matriarch Rachel engages topics from medieval Jewish-Christian disputations. It introduces a Zoharic interpretation of Rachel’s death that ... More


The Wandering Jewess: Feminism Seeks the Shekhinah

Alicia Ostriker

in The Bible and Feminism: Remapping the Field

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198722618
eISBN:
9780191789311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198722618.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter discusses the author’s development as a feminist poet who began wrestling with the Hebrew Bible and Jewish tradition in the mid-1980s, focusing primarily on two of her books. The ... More


The Play of Borders and Genre: Between Exegesis and Fiction

Eitan P. Fishbane

in The Art of Mystical Narrative: A Poetics of the Zohar

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780199948635
eISBN:
9780190885489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199948635.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Studies the way narrative and exegesis in the Zohar are woven together in an intricate tapestry of literary art, very often setting the stage or responding to one another. Not only do mystical ... More


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