The Messianic Idea in Judaism: And Other Essays on Jewish by Gershom Scholem

By Gershom Scholem

Original yr of publication: 1971; Revised ed. 1995

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Gershom Scholem used to be the grasp builder of old reviews of the Kabbalah. while he started to paintings in this ignored box, the few who studied those texts have been both amateurs who have been searching for occult knowledge, or old-style Kabbalists who have been looking information on their religious trips. His paintings broke with the outlook of the students of the former century in Judaica—die Wissenschaft des Judentums, the technological know-how of Judaism—whose orientation he rejected, calling their “disregard for the main important elements of the Jewish humans as a collective entity: a kind of “censorship of the Jewish past.” the main founders of contemporary Jewish old reviews within the 19th century, Leopold Zunz and Abraham Geiger, had missed the Kabbalah; it didn't healthy into their account of the Jewish faith as rational and helpful of appreciate via “enlightened” minds. the single exception was once the historian Heinrich Graetz. He had paid sizeable consciousness to its texts and to their so much explosive exponent, the fake Messiah Sabbatai Zevi, yet Graetz had depicted the Kabbalah and all that flowed from it as an unworthy riot from the underground of Jewish existence opposed to its moderate, law-abiding, and realized mainstream. Scholem carried out a continual polemic with Zunz, Geiger, and Graetz by means of bringing into view a Jewish previous extra assorted, extra very important, and extra attention-grabbing than any idealized portrait may well reveal.

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Breathing out, I feel joy. We lose ourselves in our work, in our worries, and we can’t see the wonders of life. Now we’re returning and we’re in touch with the clear air, the cup of tea, the flowers and grass, with the wonderful planet Earth. We see that we have two eyes and two ears that allow us to be in touch with those wonders. Joy comes easily. 6. Happiness The sixth exercise is to produce a feeling of happiness. Happiness is possible here and now. You need only to breathe in for a 63 Finding Peace few seconds and you become enlightened about the fact that it’s possible to be happy right away.

Lie down on your back with your arms at your sides. Make yourself comfortable. Allow your body to relax. Be aware of the floor beneath you . . and of the contact of your body with the floor. ) Allow your body to sink into the floor. ) 40 Peace of Mind Become aware of your breathing, in and out. Be aware of your abdomen rising and falling as you breathe in and out. ) Rising . . falling . . rising . . falling. ) Breathing in, bring your awareness to your eyes. Breathing out, allow your eyes to relax.

Recognizing Painful Feelings When a painful feeling or emotion arises, recognize and embrace it tenderly without the desire to suppress it. Breathing in, I’m aware of a painful feeling in me. Breathing out, I’m aware of a painful feeling in me. This is the practice of simple recognition of the painful feeling that is arising. There is the energy of pain, but there is also the energy of mindfulness that is embracing the pain. Those who don’t know how to practice allow the pain to overwhelm them or they try to run away from the pain by bringing in something else to cover up the painful feeling.

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