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Bibil Identifier bibil:202361
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Hewn from the Divine Quarry
Title (English, ) An Examination of Isaac of Radvil's אור יצחק
Author Wineman, Aryeh
Journal Hebrew Union College Annual (Volume: 77)
Year (Publication) 2006
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2006
Year (Copyright) 2006
Year (Reference) 2006
Year (Second publication) 2006
Language English
Pages 179-207 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Though the author died in the first part of the nineteenth century, אור יצחק, The Light of Isaac, a collection of homilies by Isaac of Radvil, was discovered over a century later and printed initially in 1961. The collection has its own emphases and themes which comprise a powerfully radical and spiritual statement of hasidic teaching re­volving around a central assertion that the soul is an actual part of God, hewn from the Divine. The implications of that core immanentist belief can be seen to color both Isaac's views on Revelation, which transcend the concept of Sinaitic Revelation as such, and his rendition of sacred history. Some of Isaac's basic ideas echo much earlier kabbalistic concepts relating to a re-spiritualization of reality and consequent annulment of physical commandments with Redemption. The Radviller s theologi­cal complexity and sophistication and perhaps the core of his mystic thought is evi­dent in his discussion of divine Names as he suggests that everything, including the Divine, has an external and internal character, and a higher level of spiritual under­standing enables the true devotee to go beyond more external conceptions to the inner nature of the Divine.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Important Persons and Movements : 17th-21st Centuries
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