30 08, 2013

Who was the mystic Alkabetz?

By |2013-08-30T04:18:14-07:00August 30th, 2013|Thoughts|

By Israel Drazin                                                I mentioned Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz in my two-part article on the basic notion of mystics, the sephirot, and the Friday night hymn Lecha Dodi. I will now give some information about this mystic.   Alkabetz (c. 1500-1580) wrote several books but is best known as the author of the very popular [...]

30 08, 2013

Mystics and prayers

By |2013-08-30T04:13:34-07:00August 30th, 2013|Thoughts|

Mystics and prayers Part one By Israel Drazin The following two-part description of mystical notions and an explanation of the prayer Lecha Dodi is adapted from my book Maimonides: The Exceptional Mind.   The Sefirot The Zohar is one of the most important books of Jewish mysticism. Mystics claim that it was composed during the [...]