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The Chosen Will Become HerdsStudies in Twentieth-Century Kabbalah$
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Jonathan Garb

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300123944

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300123944.001.0001

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The Concept of Power in National Mysticism

The Concept of Power in National Mysticism

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(p.37) 3 The Concept of Power in National Mysticism
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The Chosen Will Become Herds
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Jonathan Garb

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300123944.003.0004

This chapter attempts to clarify the concept of national mysticism by focusing on the place of “power” within it. It explains that power was one of the keywords of political and psychological culture in the twentieth century and this was backed by philosophers such as Nietzsche and Foucault, who explained that power relationships motivate contemporary people. The chapter argues that power is an important feature of twentieth-century Kabbalah and it is a part of the intensification of the national-political debate within it. The chapter further explains that twentieth-century Kabbalah has less to do with the divine, theurgical processes than with the terrestrial, human process.

Keywords:   power, Kabbalah, twentieth century, Nietzsche, Foucault, national-political debate, national mysticism

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