An Introduction to the Kabbalah

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SUNY Press, 1999 - Religion - 379 pages
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This book acquaints the reader with the world of the Kabbalah. The first part discusses the Kabbalist as a person: the personal transmission of Kabbalistic traditions, the Kabbalist's qualities and qualifications, prerequisites and early preparations, risks and achievements, as well as techniques for uncovering mysteries and the sources of revelations. The second part deals with the major themes in the teachings of the Kabbalah, such as the doctrine of the Sefirot, the Sitra-Ahra--good and evil, the creation of the world, the status of the Torah and its commandments, the doctrine of the soul and the transmigration of souls. In treating these issues, the book also notes the assimilation of Kabbalistic notions in Jewish religious customs.
 

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Contents

Mysticism and the Kabbalah
1
The Kabbalist and His Kabbalah
17
Prerequisites
31
Early Preparations
49
The Dangers Facing the Mystic
69
Techniques of Exploring Mysteries
75
Evaluation of the Kabbalah
87
The Origins of the Revelations
103
The Doctrine of Creation
183
The Torah
207
The Doctrine of the Soul
247
The Doctrine of Transmigration
281
Epilogue
311
Notes
313
Bibliography
363
Indexes
367

The Doctrine of the Sefirot
121
Good and Evil
167

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About the author (1999)

Moshe Hallamish is Full Professor of Jewish Mysticism, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He has authored and edited many books, and is editor of DAAT, a journal of Jewish Philosophy and Kabballah.

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