By Daniel M. Horwitz
An extraordinary annotated anthology of crucial Jewish mystical works, A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader is designed to facilitate educating those works to all degrees of rookies in grownup schooling and school school room settings. Daniel M. Horwitz’s insightful introductions and observation accompany readings within the Talmud and Zohar and writings via Ba'al Shem Tov, Rav Kook, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and others.
Horwitz’s creation describes 5 significant varieties of Jewish mysticism and features a short chronology of their development, with a timeline. He starts off with biblical prophecy and proceeds throughout the early mystical activities up via present ideals. Chapters on key topics represent mystical expression in the course of the a while, corresponding to construction and deveikut (“cleaving to God”); the position of Torah; the erotic; tendencies towards strong and evil; magic; prayer and formality; and extra. Later chapters care for Hasidism, the good mystical revival, and twentieth-century mystics, together with Abraham Isaac Kook, Kalonymous Kalman Shapira, and Abraham Joshua Heschel. a last bankruptcy addresses today’s controversies relating mysticism’s position inside of Judaism and its power for enriching the Jewish religion.