Seekers of the face: secrets of the Idra rabba (the Great Assembly) of the Zohar

Introduction to the Idra rabba -- The language of divine faces -- The gaze -- Reflections on Ze'eir Anpin -- Literature, mysticism, praxis -- Overarching themes in the Idra rabba -- What is the Idra rabba trying to communicate? -- Entering the Idra rabba -- The Kings of Edom : The first appeara...

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Main Author: Helner-Eshed, Melilah 1958-
Contributors: Dascalu, Raphael (Translator)
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Stanford, California Stanford University Press 2021
In:Year: 2021
Series/Journal:Stanford studies in Jewish mysticism
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Zohar
RelBib Classification:AB Philosophy of religion; criticism of religion; atheism
BH Judaism
Further subjects:B Idra rabba
B Cabala
B Zohar
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Parallel Edition:Electronic
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Summary:Introduction to the Idra rabba -- The language of divine faces -- The gaze -- Reflections on Ze'eir Anpin -- Literature, mysticism, praxis -- Overarching themes in the Idra rabba -- What is the Idra rabba trying to communicate? -- Entering the Idra rabba -- The Kings of Edom : The first appearance -- Arikh Anpin : origins -- Arikh Anpin : features of the face -- Arraying Arikh Anpin's beard -- The Kings of Edom : the second appearance -- Ze'eir Anpin comes into being -- Ze'eir Anpin's head and its features -- The tiqqunim of Ze'eir Anpin : the language of flowing bounty -- The Ancient of Ancients and Ze'eir Anpin : all is one -- Forming the male and female body -- The Kings of Edom : the third appearance -- Separation and coupling -- Sweetening judgment -- Emerging from the Idra rabba
"A magisterial, modern reading of the deepest mysteries in the Kabbalistic tradition. Seekers of the Face opens the profound treasure-house at the heart of Judaism's most important mystical work: the Idra Rabba (Great Gathering) of the Zohar. This is the story of the Great Assembly of mystics called to order by the master teacher and hero of the Zohar, Rabbi Shim'on bar Yochai, to align the divine faces and to heal Jewish religion. The Idra Rabba demands a radical expansion of the religious worldview, as it reveals God's faces and bodies in daring, anthropomorphic language. For the first time, Melila Hellner-Eshed makes this challenging, esoteric masterpiece meaningful for everyday readers. Hellner-Eshed expertly unpacks the Idra Rabba's rich grounding in tradition, its probing of hidden layers of consciousness and the psyche, and its striking, sacred images of the divine face. Leading readers of the Zohar on a transformative adventure in mystical experience, Seekers of the Face allows us to hear anew the Idra Rabba's bold call to heal and align the living faces of God"--
Item Description:Originally published in Hebrew in 2017 under the title Mevaḳshe ha-panim
Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN:1503628426