Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos: Isaac Luria and his Kabbalistic Fellowship / Edition 1

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“...among the finest works of recent Judaic scholarship.”—The Forward
“We come away from this book awed by Fine’s scholarship, and with a better understanding of how Rabbi Isaac Luria, who wanted his writings to be concealed after his death, nevertheless produced ideas so powerful that they transformed the nature of Judaism for centuries.”—San Diego Jewish Journal
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"...among the finest works of recent Judaic scholarship."—The Forward

"We come away from this book awed by Fine's scholarship, and with a better understanding of how Rabbi Isaac Luria, who wanted his writings to be concealed after his death, nevertheless produced ideas so powerful that they transformed the nature of Judaism for centuries."—San Diego Jewish Journal

"Through masterly synthesis and organization, the author has produced the first accessible account of Luria and his kabbalah in English—or any language—that is also richly detailed and historiographically up to date."—American Historical Review

"[Physician of the Soul] is the worthy capstone of a distinguished career spent studying the kabbalistic ideas of the sixteenth century and their importance for social and intellectual history."—Histoire Sociale/Social History

"Lawrence Fine has written extensively on Lurianic thought and practice and with this eminently readable and well-researched book has produced a welcome addition to the scholarship on Kabbalism in general and Luria in particular...This book is a necessary source for anyone who wants to know something about Kabbalah and its important representatives other than the travesty of this fascinating side of Judaism that is espoused by today's popular culture."—ARC

Allan Nadler
...a stunning new biography of the 16th-century kabbalist of the Galilee... Lawrence Fine's new book, Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos: Isaac Luria and His Kabbalistic Fellowship, will dramatically change all that. Anyone genuinely interested in understanding Lurianic teachings and subsequent developments in Jewish mysticism must now take this book into account, as it richly provides the missing historical and biographical data sorely needed to contextualize Luria's esoteric teachings.
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(A) gripping journey from self-consciousness to self-discovery...(Readers will) close the book with a new ear attuned to the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804748261
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/2003
  • Series: Stanford Studies in Jewish History and C Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence Fine is Irene Kaplan Leiwant Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion at Mount Holyoke College. His most recent book is Judaism in Practice: From the Middle Ages Through the Early Modern Period (ed).
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Table of Contents

Note to Readers
Introduction: Embodying the Study of Lurianic Kabbalah 1
1 Rabbinical Scholar, Spice Dealer, Contemplative Ascetic: Luria's Life in Egypt 19
2 Lamenting Exile, Striving for Redemption: Pre-Lurianic Safed 41
3 Saintliness, Heavenly Communication, and the Divinatory Arts: Luria's Charismatic Religious Authority 78
4 Lurianic Myth 124
5 Physician of the Soul 150
6 Tiqqun: Healing the Cosmos Through the Performance of Mitsvot 187
7 Tiqqun: Healing the Cosmos Through Devotional Prayer 220
8 Communing with the "Very Special Dead": The Practice of Yihudim 259
9 Metempsychosis, Mystical Fellowship, and Messianic Redemption 300
Notes 361
Select Bibliography 445
Index 469
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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    Seldom does one find such inspiration and insight about the archane topic of Kabbalah in one recourse. Lawrence Fine in Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos manages to thread the essential core philosophy of Kabbalah using derivatives of modern consciousness. This is less a work of religious histography than a layered unwinding of Kabbalah as a vehicle for
    human enlightenment. Further, it provides a definitive understanding of how and why Kabbalah stands as a distinct rooted outgrowth of Judiasm not always conforming to traditional prescriptions of religious faith. More to the point it touches tenets necessary even applicable to quantum physics.

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