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Mysticism (Kabbalah)


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.

An Introduction to the Sefer Yetzirah

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

Jewish Kabbalah Meditation

Jeff Spiegel's well-indexed cyber-manual includes selections from primary sources & modern scholarly research (U of Utah).

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

A Dedication to Spinoza's Insights

Joseph Yesselman offers biographies of the Dutch Jewish rationalist, a glossary & index of his analysis of God & the human being with selections from major works including the Theologico-Political Treatise, the Ethics & On the Improvement of Understanding.

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 Home Page

Andreas Schmidt provides a hub for on-line resources on the influential Jewish philosopher's life & work (more comprehensive materials in German).

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).

Material on Rav Soloveichik

E-mail & other resources on the most influential Orthodox rabbi in the latter part of the 20th c., collected within weeks of his death (1996). Since R. Joseph Soloveichik relied on oral teaching & published little himself, this tentative source is important for future research on the man & his thought.

Mordecai Kaplan: Prophet of Pragmatic Theology

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

Sholom Aleichem Network

Introduction to Solomon Rabinovitz, 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.

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).


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