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Jewish mysticism is shown to have much in common with counterparts in Islam, perhaps opening roads to dialogue.

Schaya kabbalh takes a strongly intuitionist approach. Roland added it Nov 17, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In addition to lso Old Testament and the Talmud, Schaya draws on one of the classical sources of Jewish mysticism-the Zohar, or Book of Splendor-fromwhich kavbalah extracts an all-embracing synthesis of the numberless degrees of All-Reality, to which correspond the multiple states of human being, from earthly individuality to essential identity with the Absolute.

NDB rated it really liked it Oct 04, In addition to the Talmud, one of the classical sources of Jewish mysticism, the Hebrew Bible and the Zohar or Book of Splendor are discussed in an all-embracing synthesis of our earthly individuality to our essential identity with the Absolute.

I read Schaya’s book as part of my kabgalah of the recently-concluded High Holidays. The Uncreated Archetypes sound Platonic but they could just as easily be the fourteen or so quantum fields hypothesised in today’s physics. Besides Biblical descriptions, author Leo Schaya turns to some Talmudic and rabbinical writings and oral traditions to give a general, but also a more esoteric, understanding of Jewish doctrines concerning the Temple of Jerusalem.

Modern semiology, the study of signs, contends that there is neither a definable beginning nor end to language and the facility human beings have for interpretation of signs.

The hiddenness of the divine word, its presence through absence as it were, also has another unexpected referent: The Zohar notes, in fact, that the verb ‘baro’, ‘to create’, implies the idea of ‘creating an illusion’ Try again or cancel this request. I thought of how, wchaya my view, much of religion had become overly immanent in its preoccupations with adherents fighting bitterly over ultimately ephemeral and partisan issues.


The exposition of Kabbalism is difficult and dizzying and requires sympathetic intuition and understanding. As I read this book, American politics was in more than its usual turmoil.

“The Meaning of the Temple” – an essay by Leo Schaya

The Return to the One. Jason marked kabbzlah as to-read Mar 14, Each way is specific and unique but the underlying goals in terms of finding God and the One, under whatever term, is ldo and shared.

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Remarkably, Schaya also grounds his analysis not in some abstract principle of truth but in the human community itself: This book is a key for those who are willing to re-study the Old Testament and seeking the common ground between the two Abrahamic traditions from a perennial perspective.

Schaya moves on from ontology to epistemology, once again using philosophical language that is rather modern.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Religious mysticism seeks to go beyond subject-object dualism to essential unity of all being.

The universal meaning of the Kabbalah Leo Schaya Snippet view – There is also a striking affinity between Schaya and 20th century mathematical philosophy. The fundamental difference between the Kabbalistic and scientific views is, of course, in the presumption of intention and purpose by the former.

Leo Schaya

TR marked it as to-read Dec kanbalah, Love and Wisdom, and editor of The Spirit of Tolerance: Even more, however, Schaya looks through Judaism’s particular forms kabbxlah demonstrates that at its core Judaism reveals the same mysterious universal source from which all of the great religious traditions of the world draw their spiritual sustenance and energy.

A man of God contemplates with God, acts with Him, and is conscious of God in himself and in all things. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Although widely published in his native German, and French, this is only his second book to be published in English.

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This work, acclaimed by reviewers and scholars alike, fittingly concludes with an illuminating chapter on the Name of God, which saves ‘all those who invoke him in truth.

Quotes from The Universal Mea This is also a contention of Kabbalah when it refers to the ” And precisely this second part is the important one. Essays trade between mystical concepts central to both kabbakah Kabbalah and the Sophia perennis. The symbolism of the Temple’s features is related, Schaya tells us, to spiritual realities that come to inhabit man’s inner reality as well.

Kabbalah has a strong tradition of the ‘missing’ elements. Schaya’s book and Needleman’s introduction in fact notice this unfortunate reduction of the Transcendent from religious practice.

As I understand it, the Traditionalists hold that each particular religion, Judaism, Buddhism, Sufism, teaches its followers in its own way how to unite with the Kabblaah and with reality. To quote Wittgenstein one final time, “An entire mythology is stored within our language. Contents Contemplation of the Divine Aspects.

Description Leo Schaya was a brilliant author and editor whose only book to appear in English was the much-acclaimed The Universal Meaning of the Kabbalah, which is often cited in books on Jewish mysticism. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

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