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    Author David Ariel offers Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest in Judaism as a comprehensive guide to understanding the complex practice of Jewish mysticism. The introductory chapter provides a background on mysticism itself, theories within different researcher perspectives, and a relation of mystic experiences to the Jewish religion. In this paper, the author’s main ideas are summarized before analysis and reflection. William James, looking at the psychology of religious experiences of the individual, proposes that mysticism involves “ineffable and indescribable” experiences that are temporary and not produced by any one thing or religion. Also, the experience is related to a higher being. These varying experiences also do not result from any specific…

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    “Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.” (W. Somerset Maugham) This quote demonstrates that tradition can be changed, similar to the way Hasidism changed traditional Judaism. Hasidism began in Southeast Poland-Lithuania and sparked a revolution in Judaism. The breakup of Judaism paired with the lack of trust in Jewish leaders, lead Hasidism to form and pave a new way for Judaism. Kabbalah, Mass enthusiasm and ecstasy acted as the foundation for the movement and fear of separatism lead many…

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    concentration camps, Elie is pious in his studies of Jewish mysticism. Elie is taught by Moishe the Beadle who lives in penury. Throughout the time Elie spent in concentration camps, he describes two specific accounts of hangings. The hanging that affects the prisoners is the hanging of the young Pipel. As the event is occurring, Elie begins to question God’s intentions. However, in the end of the memoir, Elie thanks God for his survival. In the memoir Night, Elie Wiesel’s faith in God…

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    “The ghetto was ruled by neither German nor Jew; it was ruled by delusion. (Wiesel 11).” In our society there cannot be a loss of innocence without gain of knowledge. No thinks that bad things will happen to them until they do. At the beginning of the work, his faith in God is so strong that when asked why he prays to God, he answers, “Why did I pray? Why did I live? Why did I breathe?” But during the Holocaust, Elie struggles to hold on to his faith. In the beginning of the book it is learned…

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    Bal Shem Tov Case Study

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    They were each a devoted, kind, and tremendously gifted Torah leader. Both the holy Baal Shem Tov and the holy Goan of Vilna were masters of the written and oral law, learned and knew the secrets of Kabbalah, and taught their respective opinion in a humble and unassuming manner. The styles of leadership they each practiced can easily be differentiated based on the content of the teachings Baal Shem Tov and those of the Goan. Whereas the Baal Shem Tov focused on connecting to each Jew, proving…

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    The Zohar And Darwin Essay

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    sacrifices its children to be eaten by heathens (Ezek 16:20). Still, in spite of everything, God, in due course, forgives the beings conduct and continues to try to guide this wayward soul. (Ezek 16:15-63). This similar disloyal character of this creature is occasionally demonstrated in other areas in the Old Testament. Noticeably, the sexual disposition of humans appears to be the major concern throughout the entire text; inevitably the Bible as a whole, is a momentous testament of how…

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    Genesis 2 and 3 might seem that it focuses on the creation of the world as we know. However, if we look beyond this storyline, we can see that Genesis 2 and 3 is actually about how God tests Mankind. The testing is not to see Mankind fail, but rather, how Mankind can improve. Throughout the entirety of Genesis 2 and 3, we see that The Garden of Eden was made by God that one may test Mankind. We can see this through the order of creation, how Mankind gets tested, and from how the punishments are…

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    In Genesis 3, the tree of knowledge has no point in the garden of Eden except to test Mankind. This could only have happened if they were to be tempted by the Snake which . If this is indeed the case, are God and the Snake are working together or even the same being? God must be coordinating with the Snake in order to test Mankind’s obedience to Him. I came to this conclusion when after carefully reading the text, I could find no purpose for the tree other than to be a test for Mankind. Placing…

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    Genesis 1-11 Summary

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    The Bible begins with the book of Genesis, also known as the book of beginnings. Genesis is the first of five books collectively referred to as the Pentateuch. The name is derived from the first word of the LXX, which is translated to mean beginning. Most scholars agree that the book consist of two parts, chapters 1-11 and 12-50. The first section is referred to as the primeval history, beginning with creation, and concluding with the genealogy of Shem. There are some who offer other suggested…

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    Lints Idolatry And Summary

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    The author accomplished laying out his points to the reader. However, this book sounds like it is written for a very specific reason and audience. This is not a text that anyone could read and immediately understand. Rather the book fits someone seeking a more philosophical view on how mankind is created in the image of God and how mankind reflects the image of god (idols). If the book’s overarching purpose is to inform readers about these ideas, then he does succeed. However, I believe if the…

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