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Mysticism (Kabbalah)

Ascent

Hasidic Center for Jewish Mysticism in historic Safed, Galilee posts biographies & stories of influential rabbis from the 16th c. kabbalistic sages to 20th c. hasidic rebbes.

Chabad: Kabbalah

Articles in NY-based Lubavitch movement's archive provide a 20th c. hasidic Jewish perspective on the relation of mystical experience to Torah tradition.

The Heart of Jewish Meditation: Abraham Abulafia's Path of the Divine Names

Avi Solomon's translation of the 13th c. Spanish mystic's guide to Jewish meditation that influenced later thinkers like Spinoza & Pico della Mirandola.

An Introduction to the Sefer Yetzirah

Christopher Benton's introduction demystifies the enigmatic "Book of Formation" for neophytes (Maqom Journal).

Kabbala Online

E-tutorial introduces beginners to kabbalistic theory, history & practice from a modern hasidic perspective (project of Ascent Center).

The Kabbalah Index

M. Alan Kazlev presents a hyper-linked introduction to the major concepts, texts &  history of Jewish mysticism.

Sepher Yetzirah

Plain vanilla version of W. W. Westcott's 1887 translation of the enigmatic kabbalistic classic: Book of Creation (posted by Internet Sacred Text Archive).

The Ten Sefirot of the Kabbalah

Eliezer Segal leads initiates on a virtual ascent through the complex layers of interpretation of the mystic tree of life.

Tomer Devorah (The Palm Tree of Deborah)

English translation of Moses Cordovero's 16th c. classic on the imitation of God (posted by Colin Low).

The Wisdom of the Kabbalah

Michael Laitman's introduction to Jewish mysticism includes the collected essays of 20th c. kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag.  Other essays, e-books & meditational music files can be downloaded for free. Classes in Kabbalah are on-line for subscribers (Bnei Baruch World Center for Kabbalah Studies).

Work of the Chariot

Daniel Feldman introduces the history & practice of Qabalah within a broad framework of cross-cultural mysticism & posts translations of key classical Jewish texts, including Sefer Yetzirah, sections of the Zohar, & the Ma'aseh Merkabah literature (including the books of Enoch & Sh'ir Qoma).

The Zohar

Elegant searchable electronic edition of the Book of Splendor presents full Aramaic text & English translation in parallel columns. Free registration required to access text (posted by Kabbalah Centre International).

 

Modern Judaism

Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677)

Blake Dutton's introduction to the life & thought of the rationalistic Dutch philosopher (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy).

Franz Rosenzweig

Benjamin Pollack provides a detailed biography & analysis of the writings of the liberal German Jew who rediscovered & eloquently championed his spiritual heritage in dialog with his Christian friend, Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).

Martin Buber

Sarah Scott surveys the Jewish philosopher's life & work with special attention to his concept of "dialogic intersubjectivity" (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy).

Martin Buber: The Life of Dialogue

Full text of Maurice Friedman's well documented analysis of Buber's thought & its impact on contemporary philosophers & theologians (posted by Religion-Online).

Mordecai Kaplan: Prophet of Pragmatic Theology

Richard Wentz reports on his 1978 interview with the founder of the Reconstructionist movement (posted by Religion-Online)

Stevan Spielberg Jewish Films Archive

Hebrew U's cyber-archive of classic films about Jewish life & history.  Topics include Jewish communities, the Holocaust, the land of Israel (before & since statehood), & Hebrew University. Digital films free for download.

A Woman's Voice: Sarah Foner Hebrew Author of the Haskalah

Morris Rosenthal's English translations of the works of the first female author to write in Hebrew (Foner Books).

The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem

Jeremy Dauber's biography of Solomon Rabinovitch, whose pseudonymous Yiddish works have become the world's best known gateway into the spirituality, experience & folk wisdom of East European Jews at the turn of the 20th c. With links to e-editions of select works.

 


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