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Mysticism

The Kiss - From Metaphor to Mysticism

"Oh, let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth…" Song of Songs 1:2. Allegorical interpretation in midrash and the Zohar understand the male lover being beckoned as God, but whom is God kissing and why? And does kabbalistic interpretation leave any room for human love?

Prof.

Joel Hecker

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Why Does the Torah Devote So Much Text to the Tabernacle?

Two responses—from an academic Bible scholar and from a rabbi.

Prof.

Baruch J. Schwartz

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Rabbi

Herzl Hefter

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Ezekiel’s Vision of God and the Chariot

How are we to understand Ezekiel’s bizarre vision of the chariot in its historical context? What makes it theologically so dangerous in the eyes of the rabbis?

Prof.

Carl S. Ehrlich

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The Potential Contribution of the Allegorical Interpretation of Tzimtzum to the Dilemma of Post-Liberal Theology

Prof.

Tamar Ross

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Why the Torah Prohibits Incest

Although incest taboos are found in the majority of cultures, medieval Jewish thinkers found this to be an insufficient explanation for the Torah’s prohibitions. 

Prof. Rabbi

Marty Lockshin

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Metempsychosis (Gilgul), Academic Study of Bible and the Meaning of Truth

Dr. Hacham

Isaac S. D. Sassoon

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The Problem of Relativism and Rav Kook's Concept of "Perfectible Perfection"

Prof.

Tamar Ross

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Traditional Concepts of God and Kabbalistic Interpretation: An Overview

Prof.

Tamar Ross

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Knowing My Beloved: Rebuilding My Path to Torah with Critical Scholarship

My relationship with Torah began with the romance of mysticism but then gave way to skepticism and disillusionment. To my surprise, it was academic scholarship of the Torah that brought back the spark and helped foster a deeper, more mature relationship.

David Bar-Cohn

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The Doctrine of “Tzimtzum Shelo Kepshuto” and Its Power

Prof.

Tamar Ross

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Heretics, Mystics and Abraham's Mother

Rabbi

David D. Steinberg

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A Torah of Participatory Revelation in Context

Situating Sommer’s theology of participatory revelation and halachic fluidity among other Jewish thinkers and writings: Heschel, Maharal, Rosenzweig, and the Zohar

Prof. Rabbi

Alexander Even-Chen

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