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By Eitan P. Fishbane

As mild prior to sunrise explores the paranormal considered Isaac ben Samuel of Akko, an enormous medieval kabbalist whose paintings has beforehand got quite little realization. via attention of an in depth literary corpus, together with a lot that also is still in manuscript, this examine examines an array of issues and questions that experience nice applicability to the comparative research of mysticism and the wider learn of faith. those contain prayer and the character of mystical event; meditative focus directed to God; and the facility of psychological purpose, authority, creativity, and the transmission of knowledge.

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In Isaac’s day, Catalonia was already subsumed under the Crown of Aragon. Isaac was almost certainly referring to the well-known kabbalists from Gerona and Barcelona. 39 40 Context and the context clearly indicates that Sefarad was understood by Isaac (in most cases) to connote the Castilian region in particular. In this passage, Isaac displays an acute awareness of the divide between Castilian and Catalonian Kabbalah on the issue of the “impure evil” dimensions that exist alongside the “holy and pure” sefirot.

It can therefore be stated with some certitude that talmudic study in the tosafist mold flourished in Akko throughout the thirteenth century. 17. See Prawer, History of the Jews, p. 266. 18. See comments to this effect, as well as further references, in Schein, “Between East and West: The Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem,” p. 158. 19. Prawer, History of the Jews, p. 150. 20. , p. 274, n. 65. 21. , p. 274. 22. Graboïs, “L’école Talmudique d’Akko,” pp. 49, 51. iel on the European continent. manides’ own writings that the Land of Israel held a special place in his thought and religious imagination,24 and it is therefore not surprising that he chose to emigrate to the Holy Land when he became advanced in years.

58 Given the fact that we know Ibn Adret died in the year 1310,59 it seems quite probable that most of the treatise was composed prior to 1310. asin (cited above), Isaac of Akko arrived in Toledo after first passing an unspecified length of time in Estella (in the kingdom of Navarre). If Isaac’s sojourn did in fact take him from Barcelona to Estella to Toledo, then we can imagine a southwesterly path of travel into Castile—a route that probably would have had to overcome the Iberian Mountains and the imposing Central Sierras.

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