Awarded the "Matanel" Prize for 2017.
This book illuminates one of the most important works in the Kabbalah of the Middle Ages, "Tiqqunei ha-Zohar". This composition, which has been printed more than any other book of Kabbalah, has had a decisive influence on the history of Kabbalah: the writings of Rabbi Moshe Cordovero, the Ari, the Ramchal, the Gaon of Vilna, Shabtai Zvi, and also on Hasidic literature. The book seeks to find out the secret of the magic of the Tiqqunei ha-Zohar literature, whose sermons penetrated the texts of the prayer, and to discuss its modes of influence on the world of ritual and Jewish law.
By proposing an immanent and close concept of divinity, a comprehensive Kabbalistic conception of the commandments and the doctrine of redemption, the literature of Tiqqunei ha-Zohar became central to the writing of Hassidim and Mitnagdim, mystics and Halakhic people alike. Kabbalistic basic terms that have become commonplace in Kabbalistic and Hasidic writing, associative interpretation, numerology, Divine names, cantillation and punctuation, ideas such as incarnations, all originate from this literature.
On the basis of repeated comparison to the literature of the Zohar, and through the study of the myth and the use of literary tools, the author argues that the anonymous Kabbalist who wrote Tiqqunei ha-Zohar saw the Divine Presence as the focus of religious work. He describes it as the essence and root of faith, and sees in it all aspects of the divine world and its essence. In the face of a perfect and masculine deity, he presents a feminine, weak and maternal deity. He concentrates on her beauty, builds her stature and enhances her presence in his life and the active role of the Kabbalist, who is committed to helping her.
Danacode:   110-20311 ISBN:  978-965-226-602-6 Language:   Hebrew Pages:   514 Weight:   805 gr Dimensions:  17x24 cm Publication Date:   06/2017 Publisher:   Bar-Ilan University Press
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