08 Oct

Energy Anatomy

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It's expansion of the story is, in many ways, extraordinarily supple. At the heart of this volume is the concept of the encounter and communion between the high priest and God, which implies an anthropomorphic theophany (the appearance of the God in human form) and the apotheosis (deification) of the high priest. The fact is that when Jewish mystic lore came in contact with Arabic-Jewish philosophy, it appropriated those elements that appealed to it; this being especially the case with Gabirol's philosophy on account of its mystical character.

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08 Oct

The Light of Redemption

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Zaehner thought that theistic experience was an advance over the monistic, since the latter, he thought, expressed a self-centered interest of the mystic to be included in the ultimate. But when we examine the lives and works of mystics, what do we usually find? Basically it appears this group, considered a cult, [2] [3] buys Canadian mineral water relatively cheaply, and adds a little quantum woo. Barry Mark, who just finished teaching a class at San Francisco State on the history of Kabbalah, said, "There's a sense its inaccessibility is what makes it so attractive."

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08 Oct

Secrets of the Zohar: Stories and Meditations to Awaken the

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The other people teaching Kaballah out there are just as fake (though not all of them are as destructive as Berg’s cult). The universe is Divine Spirit materialised, and it is given to man to have contact with it. This 'pure being' or 'existence' is the thought or reason of God. People are going to keep teaching kabbalah.” Calls to the Kabbalah Centre’s media office were not returned. Muslims and Jews further possess mystical customs -- Islamic Sufism and Jewish Kabbalah -- that are so close to one another that the presumption of mutual influence is inescapable.

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08 Oct

Baal Shem Tov Leviticus

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Hence, they may be paradoxical in sense (1). Fasts. who died between 1223 and 1232. abstinence. Raymond Lull, Arnold of Villanova, and the famed French mystic, alchemist, and Rosicrucian Nicolas Flamel, bookseller turned patron of cathedrals, all received their initiations into the Hermetic sciences, of which Kabbalah is a part, in Spain and brought it to the rest of Europe. Thus water (the first letter of which word in Hebrew is Mem) is symbolised by the mute Mem. The interdisciplinary seminar on the Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism is designed as the internet version of an ongoing research seminar of graduate students at the department of theology of Marquette University (Milwaukee, USA).

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08 Oct

The Kabalah And Ways Of God With Man

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Most ascension texts include most of the following elements: 1. Hence seeing that, in the sight of the Jew, the nations were the personification of these detestable vices, and seeing that the Jew, in all the pride of a long tradition, looked upon himself as invested with a spirit of especial sanctity, as entrusted with the mission of a holy and pure priesthood, one can quite easily understand how he came to regard the God of Truth and Mercy as first and foremost his God and no one else's.

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08 Oct

PATHWINGS: Philosophic and Poetic Reflections on the

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Ascetic Hasidism in Jerusalem: The Guardian-of-the-Faithful Community of Mea-Shearim. D.] the Name of forty-two letters can only be entrusted by us to him who is modest [i.e. zenūa�] and meek, in the midway of life, not easily provoked to anger, temperate, and free from vengeful feelings. Traditional Kabbalists regard it as originating in Tannaic times, redacting the Oral Torah, so do not make a sharp distinction between Kabbalah and early Rabbinic Jewish mysticism. The Cabala, however, is not a genuine product of the Provençal Jews; for just those circles in which it is found were averse to the study of philosophy.

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07 Oct

Glorious Incomprehensible: The Development of Blake's

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The names for God were believed to contain miraculous power and each letter of the divine name was considered potent; kabbalistic signs and writings were used as amulets and in magical practices. Psalm 104:3 Isaiah 66:15 Jeremiah 4:13 ), ascension into heaven by means of a celestial chariot became a common metaphor. After the composition known as the Zohar was presented to the public in the 13th century, the term "Kabbalah" began to refer more specifically to teachings derived from, or related to, the Zohar.

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07 Oct

Kabbalah of Creation: Isaac Luria's Earlier Mysticism

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Where did the idea of the Sefirot originate? [paragraph continues] In all probability it originated with the Rabbis of the Talmud in the first three centuries of the Christian era. Gill (Ithaca. with an annotated edition of Derush ha-Shekhina. 142. God is very near man and not transcendent. But with all this, there are, in all branches of Jewish literature, gleams of a far wider, more tolerant, and universalist outlook. They are ascribed for the greater part to the amora Joshua b.

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07 Oct

Eternally Yours - Volume 1: The Collected Letters of Reb

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A third way are non-Jewish organisations, mystery schools, initiation bodies, fraternities and secret societies, the most popular of which are Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism and the Golden Dawn, although hundreds of similar societies claim a kabbalistic lineage. It is an exotic notion introduced for the purpose of intensifying an essentially Jewish belief--the belief in the wonder-working powers bestowed by the Sabbath on those who scrupulously uphold it.

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07 Oct

The Art of True Healing: Kabbalistic Meditation and Magick

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Gamlieli uses the paradigm of the object-relations school of psychoanalysis to interpret the Lurianic myth.110 Showing how kabbalistic gender categories are rooted in the identification of Form with male and Matter with female in Aristotelian philosophy (which was introduced to Judaism by Maimonides).. Traditionally, its practices were reserved for a select number of Jewish scholars who already had an advanced understanding of Jewish law, but for the past 500 years it has been followed more widely.

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