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By Eitan P. Fishbane

As gentle prior to sunrise explores the paranormal considered Isaac ben Samuel of Akko, an important medieval kabbalist whose paintings has in the past bought really little realization. via attention of an in depth literary corpus, together with a lot that also continues to be in manuscript, this learn examines an array of subject matters and questions that experience nice applicability to the comparative research of mysticism and the wider learn of faith. those comprise prayer and the character of mystical event; meditative focus directed to God; and the facility of psychological goal, authority, creativity, and the transmission of knowledge.

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Tishby addresses our subject with attention to both historical and thematic concerns. 66. This is an established usage in kabbalistic literature to refer to the demonic forces of impurity. See Klatzkin, Thesaurus Philosophicus, 1: 289; Ben-Yehudah, Complete Dictionary and Thesaurus of the Hebrew Language, 2: 1537. 67. Examples of this phrase include, but are not limited to, ’Oz. ar H . ayyim, fols. 12a, 13b, 28b, 53a, 67b, 85b, 96b, 100b, 123a, 164b. 68. See Isaac of Akko, ’Oz. ar H . ayyim, fols.

Ron, for whom Isaac has a particular affinity), ’Emet (’A) correlates to the lower levels of sefirotic Being, and ’Emet Nekhonah (N) to the higher rungs of the sefirot. The primary conclusion that Huss draws from this complex exegetical model is that like the interpretive system of Abraham Abulafia, the levels of interpretation correspond directly to hierarchized levels of human experience as it ascends through the dimensions of divine reality. Huss further argues (and this point is especially relevant for our purposes) that climactic hermeneutical experience is correlated by Isaac to the moment of prophecy, an assertion that finds an immediate parallel in the writings and methods of Abulafia.

286; Graboïs, “Akko as a Gate for Immigration to the Land of Israel in the Crusader Period,” pp. 102–103. 39. See Fenton, The Treatise of the Pool by ‘Obadyah Maimonides. 29 30 Context bestowed upon him by others. In Isaac of Akko’s ’Oz. ar H . ayyim, this mentality was also associated with a social group known as the ­perushim ha-mitbodedim, which might be loosely translated as “the ascetics who meditate in seclusion” (for more on this, see Chapter 8). As Ephraim Kanarfogel has demonstrated recently,40 the extensive use of the term perushim, as well as the content of this form of asceticism and extreme humility, was a dominant feature of Ashkenazi pietism as it was expressed and practiced among tosafist scholars in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

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