Introduction to Kabbalah
Israelite Academy Professor- Chief Rabbi Funnye Capers
Online and in class (Chicago Campus)
Winter Term 2020.
Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:830 PM (eastern time)
Kabbalah has been perceived as a body of secret theoretical and practical knowledge concerning creation, the divine world, and human interaction with it. The objective of this course is to introduce students with no background in Kabbalah or Israelite thought to the major ideas, philosophies and practices of the Kabbalah in their historical, social and cultural settings. The ideas are presented in a very accessible manner without jeopardizing the course’s academic rigor.
The course will examine some of the basic Kabbalistic themes such as the theory of the Sefirot, ecstatic and prophetic Kabbalistic techniques, reincarnation, demonology, and practical Kabbalah. We will examine some of the major Kabbalistic writings and movements, including the Sefer ha-Zohar, Lurianic Kabbalah, Hasidism, and the contemporary revival of popular Kabbalah. Kabbalistic thought and its implications for contemporary life and practice will be explored
Kabbalistic theories and practices will be studied through reading and analyzing primary sources (the Kabbalistic texts themselves) as well as applying the most up-to-date secondary literature (academic research). The application of Kabbalistic thought and its’ implications for contemporary life and practice will be explored.
The course will examine various perspectives on the themes presented and encourage active participation of the student.
By the end of the course the student will have a basic grasp of the themes and prospective of Kabbalah.
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