Authentic Jewish View of Mysticism
Views of Jewish mysticism are controversial and debatable. The more popular view, as proposed by Ultra Orthodox Judaism is the view of Zoharic or Lurianic Kabbalah, which seems to have is origins in 13th century Spain. Although this is the "mainstream" view, we wish to give you a view supported by most scholars and tradition of great rabbis of classic Sepharad culminating in the greatest modern Jewish thinker in history, Maimonides, also known as the Rambam.
The material here is provided for the reader to come to their own conclusions. There are many websites and classes that provide the "traditional view" of Jewish Mysticism, or Kabbalah. Here, we present to you a different take:
- as you may have been lead to believe, the Rambam, the greatest rationalist, rejects much of the mystical view of Judaism, or as we prefer to call "enchantments." Hacham Jose Faur, probably the greatest Maimonidean scholar and rabbi in modernity, presents to us the Rambam's view of mysticism. Unlike the popular notion of Kabbalah, the Rambam's mysticism is post-rational, meaning once the student has mastered the elements of reason, logic, science, and understand the Creator's world, he comes to a higher level of being, the mystical level. The Rambam's view is that Jewish mysticism is a private and very personal connection to the Creater of the world, and a study which is hard to put into words, books, or classes.
- as Hacham Jose Faur continues, the first Jewish Mystic is the Rambam.
Mesora.org has a great number of articles on this subject
Scholar Gershon Scholem is the greatest academic scholar of Jewish mysticism
- his books can be found at: Amazon
Where is the source of 12th century Kabbalah? ADVANCED
- Anti-Maimonidean Demons by Jose Faur
more to come soon . . .
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