Kabbalah

Kabbalah

An account of Kabbalah and its impact outside of Judaism offers a concise and highly accurate look at the history and character of the various systems developed by the adherents of the Kabbalah.

Author: Joseph Dan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195327052

Category: Religion

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An account of Kabbalah and its impact outside of Judaism offers a concise and highly accurate look at the history and character of the various systems developed by the adherents of the Kabbalah.
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Kabbalah

Kabbalah

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Miracles A Very Short Introduction

Miracles  A Very Short Introduction

KABBALAH A Very Short Introduction Joseph Dan In Kabbalah, Joseph Dan debunks the myths surrounding modern Kabbalistic practice, offering an engaging and dependable account of this traditional Jewish religious phenomenon and its impact ...

Author: Yujin Nagasawa

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191064326

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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Jesus turned water into wine, Mohammad split the moon into two, and Buddha walked and spoke immediately upon birth. According to recent statistics, even in the present age of advanced science and technology, most people believe in miracles. In fact, newspapers and television regularly report alleged miracles, such as recoveries from incurable diseases, extremely unlikely coincidences, and religious signs and messages on unexpected objects. In this book the award-winning author and philosopher Yujin Nagasawa addresses some of our most fundamental questions concerning miracles. What exactly is a miracle? What types of miracles are believed in the world's great religions? What do recent scientific findings tell us about miracles? Can we rationally believe that miracles have really taken place? Can there be acts that are more religiously significant than miracles? Drawing on a vast variety of fascinating examples from across the major religions, Nagasawa discusses the lively debate on miracles that ranges from reported miracles in ancient scriptures in the East and West to cutting-edge scientific research on belief formation. Throughout, he drives us to ask ourselves if and how we can still believe in in miracles in the twenty-first century. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Magic A Very Short Introduction

Magic  A Very Short Introduction

The library on Kabbalah is very large and variable in quality. The classic text is Gershom Scholem, Origins of the Kabbalah , tr. Allan Arkush (Philadelphia, 1987) . Good introductions are Joseph Dan, A Very Short Introduction to the ...

Author: Owen Davies

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191623882

Category: Religion

Page: 152

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Defining 'magic' is a maddening task. Over the last century numerous philosophers, anthropologists, historians, and theologians have attempted to pin down its essential meaning, sometimes analysing it in such complex and abstruse depth that it all but loses its sense altogether. For this reason, many people often shy away from providing a detailed definition, assuming it is generally understood as the human control of supernatural forces. 'Magic' continues to pervade the popular imagination and idiom. People feel comfortable with its contemporary multiple meanings, unaware of the controversy, conflict, and debate its definition has caused over two and a half millennia. In common usage today 'magic' is uttered in reference to the supernatural, superstition, illusion, trickery, religious miracles, fantasies, and as a simple superlative. The literary confection known as 'magical realism' has considerable appeal and many modern scientists have ironically incorporated the word into their vocabulary, with their 'magic acid', 'magic bullets' and 'magic angles'. Since the so-called European Enlightenment magic has often been seen as a marker of primitivism, of a benighted earlier stage of human development. Yet across the modern globalized world hundreds of millions continue to resort to magic - and also to fear it. Magic provides explanations and remedies for those living in extreme poverty and without access to alternatives. In the industrial West, with its state welfare systems, religious fundamentalists decry the continued moral threat posed by magic. Under the guise of neo-Paganism, its practice has become a religion in itself. Magic continues to be a truly global issue. This Very Short Introduction does not attempt to provide a concluding definition of magic: it is beyond simple definition. Instead it explores the many ways in which magic, as an idea and a practice, has been understood and employed over the millennia. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Monasticism A Very Short Introduction

Monasticism  A Very Short Introduction

SOCIAL MEDIA A Very Short Introduction Join our community www.oup.com/vsi • Join us online at the official Very Short Introductions Facebook page. ... KABBALAH A Very Short Introduction Joseph Dan In Kabbalah, Joseph.

Author: Stephen J. Davis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191027345

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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Monasticism is a social and religious phenomenon which originated in antiquity and which still remains relevant in the twenty-first century. But what, exactly, is it, and how is it distinguished from other kinds of religious and non-religious practice? In this Very Short Introduction Stephen J. Davis discusses the history of monasticism, from our earliest evidence for it, and the different types which have developed from antiquity to the present day. He considers where monasteries are located, from East Asia to North America, and everywhere in between, and how their settings impact the everyday life and worldview of the monks and nuns who dwell there. Exploring how monastic communities are organized, he also looks at how aspects of life like food, sleep, sex, work, and prayer are regimented. Finally, Davis discusses what the stories about saints communicate about monastic identity and ethics, and considers what place there is for monasticism in the modern world. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Catholicism A Very Short Introduction

Catholicism  A Very Short Introduction

View the entire collection by subject area, watch author videos, read sample chapters, and download reading guides. http://global.oup.com/uk/academic/general/vsi_list/ KABBALAH A Very Short Introduction Joseph Dan In Kabbalah, Joseph.

Author: Gerald O'Collins

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192517005

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Despite a long history of external threats and internal strife, the Roman Catholic Church remains a vast and influential presence in our modern world. But what were its origins, and how has it changed and adapted over the centuries? After Pope Benedict XVI dramatically resigned in early 2013 (the first Pope to resign since the fifteenth century), and Pope Francis was elected, many wondered what direction he would lead the Church in, and whether the Church could modernise in the face of the demands of our world. In this Very Short Introduction, Gerald O'Collins covers the history of the Catholic Church, and considers some of the key issues facing Catholicism today, such as the catastrophic revelations about clerical child abuse, the impact of the growth of Islam, and the destruction in the Middle East of ancient Christian church communities. He also shows how Catholics are being increasingly challenged by an opposition between their traditional Christian values and rights which are endorsed by the secular world, such as the right to physician assisted suicide or same-sex marriage, and considers the future for the largest and oldest institution in the world. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Three Mystics Walk into a Tavern

Three Mystics Walk into a Tavern

For a good overview and introduction, see Ron Feldman, Fundamentals of Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah (Crossing Press Pocket Guides) (Berkeley, CA: Crossing Press, 1999); and Joseph Dan, Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, ...

Author: James C. Harrington

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780761865438

Category: Religion

Page: 163

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In Three Mystics Walk into a Tavern, Jalal ad-Din Rumi, Moses de León, and Meister Eckhart—three of the greatest mystics of all time—meet in Venice for an imaginary night-long conversation that will inspire everyday individuals of the twenty-first century to find their own spirituality and realize that everyone can be a mystic. Although the mystics came from different backgrounds and religious traditions (Islam, Judaism, and Christianity), their spiritual paths led them to similar understandings of a union with the Divine. The three mystics have a timeless and timely message for people who walk the earth eight centuries after they did, no matter an individual’s religious background or even if they have none. It is a message of connecting with the “divine spark” deep within us and within the universe.
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Kabbalah

Kabbalah

Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. Frankiel, Tamar. The Gift of Kabbalah: Discovering the Secrets of Heaven, Renewing Your Life on Earth. Woodstock, Vt.: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2001.

Author: Tamar Frankiel

Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing

ISBN: 9781580233033

Category: Religion

Page: 184

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Offers insight into Jewish mysticism, equipping Christians with the vocabulary and tools needed to understand the long-standing mystical tradition of Kabbalah, whose spiritual applications extend beyond Jewish life. Original.
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From Something to Nothing

From Something to Nothing

Even the relevant index entry for Joseph Dan's Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction has “shekhinah (female divinity).”21 This does need to be questioned, however, in order to make sense of the Tosher Rebbe's thought.

Author: Harry Fox

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527535039

Category: Social Science

Page: 562

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Jewish mysticism approaches God as no-thing or nothing, reflecting Judaism’s traditional identification of God as incorporeal. Whereas technical philosophical language often employed to discuss Jewish mysticism has a tendency to ward off otherwise interested readers, this study sufficiently breaks down the technical language of Jewish mysticism in its various expressions to allow a beginner to benefit from what may otherwise be indescribable and only approached by consideration of what is not rather than what is. Integral to the title, From Something to Nothing, is the concept that God cannot be something, because that would be restricting, so God is simply no-thing. Ironically, the conventional religious expression for the biblical notion of creation is “something from nothing”, whereas the title of this volume is its precise opposite, which may at first seem to be illogical – creation in reverse. However, in a volume dedicated to various deliberations on magic and mysticism, the ultimate reality may receive expression as nothingness, that is, no-thingness, no quality associated with things. What adds to our difficulty today is that nothingness is inextricably linked with silence. Is silence also an element or indication of an ultimate reality or its absence? Or is it merely the reflection of nothing whatsoever? This is at the heart of modern debates between atheists and believers. Believers feel that even this silence speaks to this ultimate reality, whereas atheists claim that if you cannot show it, then you do not know it. In other words, believers are victims of their own wishful thinking. From Something to Nothing memorializes Canadian mystic and scholar Zalman Schachter Shalomi, z”l, engaging in particular aspects that he addressed at some phase of his colourful and erudite life, providing the reader with a broad spectrum of both phenomenological and intellectual topics.
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Reflections on the Evolution of Jewish Mysticism

Reflections on the Evolution of Jewish Mysticism

Dan, Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction, p. 39. 201 Ibid., pp. 40-41. Green, A Guide to the Zohar, pp. 142-143. 203 Ariel, Kabbalah, p. 155. 204 Ibid., pp. 106-107. 205 Ibid., p. 156. 206 Siddur Tehillat Hashem, pp. 133-134.

Author: Dr. Martin Sicker

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781669802433

Category: Religion

Page: 198

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It has been asserted that monotheism, in the Jewish tradition, has long been understood both exoterically and esoterically. In the exoteric Scripture-based rabbinic tradition, monotheism is the belief in a one and only God, a belief which goes hand in hand with the affirmation of distinct individual and divine existences, so that there is a dualism between humanity and God. In the esoteric or mystic tradition, this dualism is overcome by a conception of monotheism in which God is One, not only in his ‘Lordship’ but also in his universal reality. That is, God is the only reality, so that everything which exists is in essence an aspect of divinity. Jewish mysticism has both a devotional or practical and an intellectual or speculative side. On its devotional side it emphasizes those aspects of the biblical precepts which serve to promote direct communion between the worshipper and God. On its speculative side it is especially concerned with outlining and bringing into relief the link or links between God and man, or more generally between the Creator and the universe. The focus of this study is on the questions of how and why Jewish mysticism arose and underwent a variegated evolution throughout much of the history of the Jewish people from remote antiquity to the present day.
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