By Zohar Raviv
This dissertation addresses the reciprocal kin among rational hypothesis and devotional piety within the existence and regarded Rabbi Moses Cordoeiro (= Cordovero - RaMaK, Safed, 1522-1570), arguably an important mystical philosopher in Jewish heritage. through that includes a number of components from his writings of their first annotated English translation, this paintings is either the 1st large English examine on RaMaK and an access to his nuanced and sometimes inventive manipulations of the Hebrew language. the 1st bankruptcy charts RaMaK's biography, illuminating definite elements and correcting a few inaccurate facts nonetheless favourite in smooth scholarship. those are addressed in the broader old and phenomenological contexts which had formed RaMaK's international: the post-Expulsion new release, the height of Ottoman hegemony within the close to jap and Balkan spheres and the currents of eu Renaissance, which allowed demographic mobility and a wonderfully multihued correspondence among numerous theoretical and useful faculties. the second one bankruptcy examines the biographies of RaMaK's spouse and son. taking a look at their roles in RaMaK's piety and the later dissemination of his writings, it extra clarifies the $64000 status of girls within the Safedian society and investigates the evolution of RaMaK's Kabbalah relating to its Lurianic counterpart. The 3rd bankruptcy charts RaMaK's unmatched literary output whereas interpreting principal parts in his systematic hypothesis, thematic association and hermeneutical" strategy. It additionally corrects sure scholarly error in regards to the order, chronology and volume of RaMaK's writings, in addition to taking a look into sure unpublished sections from his texts. The fourth bankruptcy addresses RaMaK's composition Sefer Gerushin - a seminal and unstudied paintings thus far. It demonstrates the advanced family among texts, language, panorama, physique, soul and devotion in RaMaK's evolving process, and gives a detailed research of the ways that psychological houses and useful functionality are built-in in his total Kabbalah en path to epistemic readability and theurgic efficacy. The 5th bankruptcy examines RaMaK's theoretical skeleton and follows the hurdles in interweaving Aristotelian metaphysics, Neoplatonic doctrines and Zoharic theosophy. right here I introduce RaMaK's metatheosophical paradigm and show his view of the ten Sefirot because the useful theosophical manifestation of the metaphysical courting among potentiality and reality (10 = 1 = 0).