Jewish Mystical Autobiographies: Book of Visions and Book of Secrets

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Morris M. Faierstein, Isaac Judah Jehiel Safrin, Ḥayyim ben Joseph Vital
Paulist Press, 1999 - Всего страниц: 358
"Paulist Press deserves credit for adding this new dimension to interfaith dialogue." The Jewish Spectator In this remarkable volume in the Classics of Western Spirituality(TM) are the mystical autobiographies-unusual in themselves for the Jewish tradition-of two influential Jewish thinkers, Rabbi Hayyim Vital and Rabbi Yizhak Isaac Safrin of Komarno. Now translated for the first time in English, these texts will capture the attention of historians, theologians, and anyone studying Judaism. Rabbi Hayyim Vital (1542-1620) was the foremost disciple of R. Isaac Luria, one of the most important mystics in 16th century Judaism and founder of the major school of mysticism known as Lurianic kabbalah. Vital was the most influential transmitter of Luria's teachings, and the author of a full-fledged mystical autobiography called The Book of Visions. Vital saw himself as the reincarnation of many of the important figures in Jewish history associated with messianic hopes and expectations. The second text in this volume, The Book of Secrets, is by Rabbi Yizak Isaac Safrim of Komarno (1806-1874), an important Hasidic master. Like Vital, he saw himself as a potential messianic figure who had direct access to the mysteries of heaven. The Book of Secrets is divided into two parts. The first part, The Book of Visions, modeled on Vital's work, consists of incidents in his life and visionary experiences. The second part, the Deeds of the Lord, contains stories about the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism.
 

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Part OneEVENTS IN MY LIFE
43
Part TwoMY DREAMS
76
Part ThreeTHE DREAMS OF OTHERS
113
Part FourTHINGS MY TEACHER TOLD ME ABOUT MY SOUL
156
Part Five ADDITIONS AND MISCELLANIA
244
Translators Introduction to the Text
267
Notes to the Translators Introduction
272
The Text of Book of Secrets by Rabbi Yizhak Isaac Safrin of Komarno
273
BOOK OF VISIONS
275
THE DEEDS OF THE LORD
294
Notes to the Texts
307
Glossary
337
Months of the Hebrew Year
343
Bibliography
344
Index
353
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Стр. xxii - Between History and Hope: Jewish Messianism in Ashkenaz and Sepharad (Third Annual Lecture of the Victor J. Selmanowitz Chair of Jewish History, May 17, 1998) (New York, 1998).
Стр. 50 - Sarah, a pious woman who saw visions in a waking dream and heard a voice speaking to her, and most of her words were true.

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