Hebrew/JEWSHST 3210

Old tradition

Jewish Mystical Tradition

Dr. Michael D. Swartz

Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition, has been a constant yet controversial undercurrent in Jewish history. Its adherents have pursued striking visions of God enthroned on a huge chariot; sought to penetrate the mysteries of the divine personality, perceiving both male and female in the One God; followed a bi-polar false messiah; worshipped God through joyful song and dance; and imbued classical Judaism with meaning and life its originators could never have imagined. The Jewish Mystical Tradition is a look into this way of life and thought. It is also an exploration of the comparative study of religious experience, rationality and irrationality, and the relationship between spirituality and society. 

Fall 2020
Class time & Location: 2:20-3:40 T/R - Class # 26255, 25697

GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies