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Shalom Shar'abi and the Kabbalists of Beit El

Pinchas Giller

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195328806
eISBN:
9780199870196
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328806.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book examines the history, teachings, and practices of a school of kabbalists who have flourished in the Middle East for the last two and a half centuries. The Beit El kabbalists center their ... 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


Contemplation, Theurgical Action, and the Presence of God

in As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759137
eISBN:
9780804774871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759137.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Central to Isaac ben Samuel of Akko's writings, and one of the main defining components of medieval Kabbalah, is theurgy—the power of human action and intention to affect the divine realm. Isaac's ... More


Techniques of Mystical Contemplation: Kavvanah and Devotional Experience

in As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759137
eISBN:
9780804774871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759137.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Central to kabbalistic behavior is the conduct of the mind, as reflected in the marked emphasis of the texts of medieval Kabbalah on concrete instruction and prescription. Because Isaac ben Samuel of ... More


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