In any case, Balaam is associated by the Kabbalists
with Christ for a different purpose: to make of the latter a figure completely foreign to Jewish experience in order to criticize him, which is the focus of chapter four.
(12) In "A 21st Century Note on Borges's Kabbalism," Aizenberg compares Borges to a Christian Kabbalist
because he "used Jewish mysticism in syncretic form to break molds" (53) and because he, like Christian Kabbalists
, was "fascinated by the Kabbalah's letter richness as a different path to greater perception and as a scheme for attempted understanding of the universe" (53).
Another reason for celebration is the opportunity given to kabbalists
to engage in "snow incarnation" -- a "tikkun" (rectification) done by tormenting the body in a bid to atone for religious transgressions, especially sex-related, and prevent their spiritual effects on human beings.
do not postpone the retribution of the soul to an indefinite future alone; either approached in paradisical terms of not, the retribution takes place here below, in addition to the future beatific experience after death.
In the 1600s Tu B'Sh'vat was re-invigorated by the kabbalists
, the mystics of Safed.
But a Kabbalist
who knows the couple said: "There is no need for marriage.
As such Kabbalists
do not recognise any Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter.
Whale offered the recipe for creating the myriad forms of mystical experiences known to seekers across time and culture: the shaman's visionary experience; quiescent periods of meditation; the euphoric, otherworldly states described by Christian mystics and Jewish Kabbalists
, Himalayan yogis and Sufi whirling dervishes, Buddhist meditators and whales.
For Pomerand (as for the Kabbalists
) we can only seize fragments, which we puzzle out as we can.
To invoke this under-remembered lineage, Katz dedicates a song "to the socialists, the Bundists, the anarchists, avant-garde artists, kabbalists
and the non-Zionists who loved diaspora."
From the shema of Rabbi Akiva, to the poetry of Yehudah HaLevi, to the devekut of the kabbalists
, passion for God has been part and parcel of the Jewish experience.
, we would ask, 'OK, what does adultery actually mean?' It means the mixing of things that destroy each other.