Fathoming the heights, ascending the depths: Decoding the by Zohar Raviv

By Zohar Raviv

This dissertation addresses the reciprocal kin among rational hypothesis and devotional piety within the existence and regarded Rabbi Moses Cordoeiro (= Cordovero - RaMaK, Safed, 1522-1570), arguably an important mystical philosopher in Jewish background. by way of that includes quite a few components from his writings of their first annotated English translation, this paintings is either the 1st wide English research on RaMaK and an access to his nuanced and sometimes creative manipulations of the Hebrew language. the 1st bankruptcy charts RaMaK's biography, illuminating definite facets and correcting a few misguided info nonetheless ordinary in glossy scholarship. those are addressed in the broader ancient and phenomenological contexts which had formed RaMaK's international: the post-Expulsion new release, the height of Ottoman hegemony within the close to japanese and Balkan spheres and the currents of eu Renaissance, which allowed demographic mobility and a wonderfully multihued correspondence among numerous theoretical and sensible faculties. the second one bankruptcy examines the biographies of RaMaK's spouse and son. their roles in RaMaK's piety and the later dissemination of his writings, it extra clarifies the $64000 status of ladies within the Safedian society and investigates the evolution of RaMaK's Kabbalah when it comes to its Lurianic counterpart. The 3rd bankruptcy charts RaMaK's unmatched literary output whereas studying relevant parts in his systematic hypothesis, thematic association and hermeneutical" strategy. It additionally corrects sure scholarly mistakes concerning the order, chronology and volume of RaMaK's writings, in addition to having a look into definite unpublished sections from his texts. The fourth bankruptcy addresses RaMaK's composition Sefer Gerushin - a seminal and unstudied paintings to this point. It demonstrates the complicated family among texts, language, panorama, physique, soul and devotion in RaMaK's evolving method, and provides a detailed research of the ways that psychological homes and useful functionality are built-in in his total Kabbalah en path to epistemic readability and theurgic efficacy. The 5th bankruptcy examines RaMaK's theoretical skeleton and follows the hurdles in interweaving Aristotelian metaphysics, Neoplatonic doctrines and Zoharic theosophy. the following I introduce RaMaK's metatheosophical paradigm and reveal his view of the ten Sefirot because the valuable theosophical manifestation of the metaphysical dating among potentiality and reality (10 = 1 = 0).

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29 R ep ro d u ced with p erm ission o f th e copyright ow ner. Further reproduction prohibited w ithout perm ission. 133 The post-Cordoeirian era in Safed was indeed pale in comparison to the fifty preceding years due to internal reasons as well, one of which being the death of almost all the legendary figures from RaMaK's golden era. Between 1570 and 1585 Safed had lost Cordoeiro (1570), Israel di Curiel (d. after 1571), Isaac Luria (1572), Joseph Karo (1575), Moses di Trani (1580) and Solomon Alkabetz (1584) - a transformation noteably disconcerting to the followers who were now devoid of leadership.

53 Fine, L. 47. 54 See Amar, Z. (1998); Avitzur, S. (1962); ibid, (1971-1978). 55 Noteworthy on this note is RaM aK’s use o f the silk worm image [’©a nvinn] to clarify the emanation process - perhaps a conscious choice to make his ideas more accessible to people conversed with the textile industry - see Eilima Rabbati, Ein Kol Tamar, chapter 3 and Compare with Tola’at Y a’akov by Meir ibn Gabbai. On this industry and other economic ventures among Jews in the Ottoman Empire, Palestine and Safed, see Garber, H.

RaMaK's time in Safed was therefore relatively secured economically, socially and politically. This reality had also translated into a notable surge of religious creativity, spiritual ardor, mystical enthusiasm and a sense of redemptive optimism galvanized by equally commanding a sense of theurgic urgency for its realization. Such coordinates are indispensable for mapping out RaMaK's life, for they had facilitated his prolific literary outpour, pedagogic sensitivity, devotional enthusiasm and overall eclectic scholarly temperament.

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