Soul time in modern kabbalah

Jonathan Garb*

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Despite being a mainstay of Religious Studies, the issue of time has entered kabbalah scholarship only in recent years. Following an overview of the approaches of Elliot Wolfson and Moshe Idel, the discussion focuses on two forms of “eternal present” in modern kabbalah: That of the individual “redemption of the soul” (found especially in Hasidic texts) and that of the redemption of the national psyche, most developed within the school of R. Kook. A third form, the dreamtime, bridges the pre-modern and modern periods. Throughout, the kabbalistic notions are compared to post-Jungian psychoanalytic approaches, as in the works of Hillman and Giegrich.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationTime and Eternity in Jewish Mysticism
Subtitle of host publicationThat Which is Before and That Which is After
EditorsBrian Ogren
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9789004290303
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameStudies in Jewish History and Culture
ISSN (Print)1568-5004


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