The Paradoxical Ascent to God: The Kabbalistic Theosophy of Habad Hasidism

The Paradoxical Ascent to God: The Kabbalistic Theosophy of Habad Hasidism


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ISBN-13: 9780791410462
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 11/01/1992
Series: SUNY series in Judaica: Hermeneutics, Mysticism, and Religion Series
Pages: 279

About the Author

Rachel Elior is Professor in the Department of Jewish Studies at Hebrew University.

Table of Contents


PART ONE: Introduction

1. A Spiritual Awakening
2. The Influence of the Kabbalah
3. The Historical Background
4. The Hasidic World-View
5. Habad-Hasidism
6. The Dual Meaning of Existence
7. The Dialectical Systems
8. The Books of Habad
9. The Four Subjects of Discussion
10. The Background of the Paradoxical Argument

PART TWO: The Doctine of Divinity, The Mystical Theology

11. Acosmism
12. The Relation Between God and the World
13. Wholeness as the Incorporation of Opposites
14. Hashvaah (Equalization)
15. Entity and Manifestation--Nothingness and Being
16. The Doctrine of Tzimtzum
17. Transcendence and Immanence
18. The Paradox--Two Opposites in a Single Subject

PART THREE: Soul Consciousness and Perception

19. The Doctrine of the Soul
20. The Divine Soul
21. The Bestial Soul

PART FOUR: Divine Worship

22. Divine Worship--Introduction
23. Two Aspects of Divine Worship
24. Esoterics and Exoterics--The Dispute over the Dissemination of Spiritual Doctrines
25. Ha-'Avodah be-Bittul--Worship in Self-Annihilation
26. Self-Annihilation and the Divine Wholeness
27. Ha-'Avodah be-Hitbonenut--Worship in Contemplation
28. The Controversy over Contemplation
29. The Three Principal Types of Worship in Annihilation
30. Faith That Transcends Intellect and Comprehension
31. Mesirut Nefesh--Self-Sacrifice
32. The Confrontation Concerning the Goals of Spiritual Worship
33. 'Avodah be-Hipukh--Worship through Inversion and the Actualization of Divine Wholeness




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