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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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Sacred Space and Sacred Persons

Sacred Space and Sacred Persons

(p.60) 5 Sacred Space and Sacred Persons
The Chosen Will Become Herds

Jonathan Garb

Yale University Press

This chapter explores the importance of the sacred space and sacred persons in twentieth-century Kabbalah. It explains that the Jews' return to Eretz Israel gave impetus to the discourse on sacred space in twentieth-century Kabbalah. It adds that the impetus for this did not underscore the importance of Eretz Israel only, as the sacred space was frequently subordinated by the sacred person (the Tzaddiq), who played a central role in twentieth-century Kabbalah. The chapter argues that kabbalistic discourse in the twentieth century internalized the concept of sacred space and replaced it with that of the sacred person. This process occurred in all kabbalists throughout the world, even in those within the circles identified with Zionism, such as the Kook circle.

Keywords:   kabbalistic discourse, Kabbalah, Kook circle, Zionism, sacred person, sacred space

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