Spector's well illustrated "Wonders Divine" presents the idea of Blake's use of kabbalism
in the structure of his myth.
is mystical in its "yearning for direct human contact with God through the annihilation of individuality" (Scholem, Kabbalah 3).
Indeed, Ottoman Safed in the sixteenth century was a wellspring of Jewish mysticism, home to such mystical luminaries as Rabbis Joseph Karo (1488-1575) and Haim Vital (1542-1620).(12) Yet just as Sabbatianism was heavily informed by traditional, if not by specifically Lurianic, Kabbalism
, it almost certainly absorbed influences from sufism, as well.(13) Therefore, the movement was virtually guaranteed to arouse the Kadizadelis' ire.
(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).
"On Language as Such and the Language of Man" has at its core a reading of Genesis and advances an idea of divine language that sounds amazingly like kabbalism
: "Language is therefore that which creates and that which completes; it is word and name.
The origins of Moses, passing and assimilation, the legend of the golem, the Diaspora, Kabbalism
, the history of Israel, the Holocaust, Old Testament scriptures, and former Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion are just some of the facets of Jewish experience that have gone into the construction of superheroes.
McClelland, a retired teacher and Zen dharma master, leads readers on guided tour of non-earthly realms and their residents in this reference on ancient and modern concepts of karma and reincarnation from cultures and religious sects around the world, from ancient Egypt and Australian aboriginal beliefs through Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Jainism, Gnosticism, Kabbalism
, and new age groups.
He does defend himself for using gnosticism as the point of reference rather than neo-Platonism, apocalypticism, and kabbalism
and for not making the same analysis of Roman Catholic thought.
Take a look at The Beautiful Contradictions; at Lyrics for the Bride of God (1975), in which the voice of an American Rilke considers Kabbalism
and the Shekinah; or best of all look at his wonderful Seeing America First (1989), made up of prose-poem observations highlighted by resounding, choral odes to American myth, landscape, and weather.
This swerve started me thinking if we could take a fresh look at Borges's Kabbalism
, foregrounding areas that have not been examined at length.
This work by Drob (clinical psychology, Fielding Graduate U.) has been conceived as a dialogue between the Jewish mystic Kabbalah of Isaac Luria and subsequent interpreters and postmodern philosophy, particulary engaging the thought of Jacques Derrida (who was once reportedly characterized by Emmanuel Levinas as the "contemporary embodiment of Lurianic Kabbalism
") and, to a lesser extent, the thought of Ludwig Wittgenestein and Sigmund Freud.
His complex discursive identity both as a nostalgic, backward-looking collector and an avatar of shock open to the percussions of modernity may well owe something to Gershom Scholem's account of the two inaugural phases of Jewish mysticism: a creation-centered reconfiguration of biblical commentary in the Zohar and a post-exilic (post-1492) parcours, in Lurianic Kabbalism
. The notorious Lurianic shevira ha-kelim or breaking of the vessels became an encrypted moment in Benjamin's resolute but ambivalent encounter with modernity.