By Norbert M. Samuelson
The ebook is split into 3 sections. the 1st offers a common ancient assessment for the Jewish concept that follows. the second one summarizes the diversity of easy sorts of well known, optimistic Jewish dedication within the 20th century. The 3rd and significant part summarizes the fundamental considered these glossy Jewish philosophers whose proposal is technically the simplest and/or the main influential in Jewish highbrow circles. The Jewish philosophers lined contain Spinoza, Mendelssohn, Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Mordecai Kaplan, and Emil Fackenheim.
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New York: Macmillan, 1980, Chpts. 9 and 10, pp. 419-305. Specific Milton Aron, Ideas and Ideals of the Hassidim *. New York: The Citadel Press, 1969. Don Ben-Amos, In Praise of the Ba'al Shem Tov. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1970. David Biale, Gershom Scholem: Kabbalah and Counter History. : Harvard University Press, 1979. Martin Buber, The Legend of the Baal-Shem. Translated into English by Maurice Friedman. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1955. Tales of the Hasidim: The Early Masters.
2. Philosophy, JewishHistory20th century. 3. JudaismHistoryModern period, 1750-4. Rosenzweig, Franz, 1886-1929. I. Title. II. Series. S25 1989 296'. 01dc1988-15379 CIP To all my students at Temple University (1975-1987), in appreciation of their enthusiasm, constructive criticism, and devotion in studying earlier drafts of this text. CONTENTS Introduction ix Part I Historical Background 1. Migrations from Spain and the Popularization of Kabbalah 3 2. Emancipation and Its Consequences 20 3. Settlement in America 29 4.
Similarly these same merkabah mystics described what they called ? SeFIROT* which means 'spheres' (as the terms was used by medieval Jewish philosophers) or 'regions' or the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. How the SeFIROT* are related to the HECHALOT is not always clear, and the relationship of categories need not be the same in the thought of every Jewish mystic. According to some mystics, the SeFIROT* were independent of the HECHALOT in that they were thirty-two paths to wisdom. According to other mystics the SeFIROT* were identical with the number of deifies of the Pythagorian cults.
An Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy by Norbert M. Samuelson