This authoritative study of the Kabbalah celebrates the history and wisdom of Jewish mysticism while dispelling popular misconceptions.
In recent decades, the Kabbalah has aroused widespread interest well beyond the realm of Jewish scholarship. Unfortunately, this popularization has also led to numerous distortions of Jewish mystical doctrine, with some alleged experts drawing on material other than original Jewish sources. In The Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism, acclaimed Torah scholar Israel Gutwirth provides an essential corrective to this trend.
Here is a retrospective look at the major figures of Jewish mysticism and the parts they played in shaping the Jewish religion. Divided into three parts, this volume examines the significance of the Zohar and the great Jewish mystics, Hasidic leaders who were distinguished exponents of the Kabbalah, and notable figures of the golden age of Jewish culture in Spain.