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Venturing Beyond - Law and Morality in Kabbalistic Mysticism

Venturing Beyond - Law and Morality in Kabbalistic Mysticism by Elliot R. Wolfson
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Are mysticism and morality compatible or at odds with one another? If mystical experience embraces a form of non-dual consciousness, then in such a state of mind, the regulative dichotomy so basic to ethical discretion would seemingly be transcended and the very foundation for ethical decisions undermined. Venturing Beyond - Law and Morality in Kabbalistic Mysticism is an investigation of the relationship of the mystical and moral as it is expressed in theparticular tradition of Jewish mysticism known as the Kabbalah. The particular themes discussed include the denigration of the non-Jew as the ontic other in kabbalistic anthropology and the eschatological crossing of that boundary anticipated in the instituition of religious conversion; the overcoming of thedistinction between good and evil in the mystical experience of the underlying unity of all things; divine suffering and the ideal of spiritual poverty as the foundation for transmoral ethics and hypernomian lawfulness.
OUP Oxford; May 2006
400 pages; ISBN 9780191535154
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Title: Venturing Beyond - Law and Morality in Kabbalistic Mysticism
Author: Elliot R. Wolfson
 
ISBNs
019153515X
9780191535154
9780199277797