Mystic Tales from the Zohar

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"Rather than merely identifying literary motifs in the stories, Wineman explains how these motifs convey metaphysical beliefs.... The volume is lovingly composed, meticulously edited and lucidly illustrated.... One could hardly ask for a fuller analysis.... A more reader-friendly book would be difficult to imagine."—Robert Segal, University of Lancaster

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"There has been a recent upsurge of interest in Jewish mysticism, and the material in this book, while scholarly, can be readily understood by interested lay readers."—
Library Journal

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The 13th-century Zohar, consisting of theosophical theories concerning the Godhead and the Torah, is the central text of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism. Woven through it are several narrative passages or stories. Rabbi Wineman, a specialist in Jewish mystical studies, presents eight of these stories in his own translation, with notes and commentary. The tales deal with the themes of sin and repentance, death, exile, redemption, and resurrection. Wineman's commentary expertly elucidates these esoteric stories. He includes excellent essays on the Zohar and Kabbalistic theory, especially an explanation of the ten Sefirot, or aspects of the deity. There has been a recent upsurge of interest in Jewish mysticism, and the material in this book, while scholarly, can be readily understood by interested lay readers.-Robert A. Silver, formerly with Shaker Heights P.L., Ohio
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: On the Zoharic Story 3
Grief, Triumph, Expulsion 19
The Book of Adam: Two Accounts 35
The House of the World 57
Death Postponed 73
The Bridegroom's Silence 89
A Retelling of Jonah 107
A Tale of Sin and Repentance 127
A Child's Tears and His Father's Resurrection 143
About the Papercut Art: The Ten Sefirot 159
Glossary 167
Bibliography 173
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