Safed Spirituality: Rules of Mystical Piety, the Beginning of Wisdom

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Lawrence Fine
Paulist Press, 1984 - 205 pages
" undertaking of signal importance." Jacob Needleman Professor of Philosophy, San Francisco State University Safed Spirituality: Rules of Mystical Piety, The Beginning of Wisdom translated and introduced by Lawrence Fine preface by Louis Jacobs "Prepare the meal of the King. This is the meal of the Holy Ancient One, And the Impatient and the Field of holy apples. Behold, they come to share the meal with him." Isaac Luria (1534-1572) "The renaissance of Jewish mystical life which took place in the Galilean city of Safed in the sixteenth century is one of the most significant and remarkable chapters in the history of Judaism. The ideas which developed there, the rich literature which was produced, the stunning array of teachers which it nurtured, established Safed as one of the great centers of Jewish creativity." So writes Professor Lawrence Fine in the foreword of this volume. Collected here are the Hanhagot of Moses Cordovero, Abraham Galante, Abraham be Eliezer ha-Levi Berukhim, Joseph Karo, and Isaac Luria, plus the mystical-ethical treatise, Reshit Hokhmah (The Beginning of Wisdom) by Elijah de Vidas. In these writings the unique blend of kabbalistic tradition and messianic enthusiasm, which is characteristic of Safed spirituality, comes alive. The importance of the Safed tradition for today is perhaps best summed up by Louis Jacobs' description of the Safed mystics as "mighty God seekers; at times perhaps, over-credulous and superstitious from the contemporary point of view, but daring stormers of the heavens." Their intense devotional piety, their efforts to imbue even the most mundane event with religious meaning and their insistence on the cosmic significance of all human action make their thought a relevant, stimulating source of spiritual insight for our age.

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very interesting the divine and spirituality, worship, rituals and history, when were the practices of the anchients first practiced and where? where did the anchients learn it from?
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the key to solve world pece who would u trust it to? would u give it back to the rightfull owners so they could share or would that in itself bring about disorder....?
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Moses ben Jacob Cordovero
Abraham ben Mordecai Galante
Abraham ben Eliezer haLevi Berukhim
Joseph Karo
Additional Customs from Safed
Isaac Luria
Elijah de Vidass Beginning of Wisdom as condensed by Jacob Poyetto
The Gate of Humility
The Gate of Fear
The Gate of Love
Description of the Ten Sefirot
Selected Reading

The Gate of Repentance
The Gate of Holiness

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