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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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Circumvention and Violation of Halakha

Circumvention and Violation of Halakha

(p.75) 6 Circumvention and Violation of Halakha
The Chosen Will Become Herds

Jonathan Garb

Yale University Press

This chapter explores the relationship between kabbalisctic (mystic rituals, customs, and techniques) literature and halakhic (system of daily rituals and customs) literature. It wants to see if these two systems complement, contradict, or simply coexist with each other. It argues that the connection between Kabbalah and Halakha has a literary basis: several kabbalistic works emphasize rationales for the commandments in an attempt to reinforce ritual worship through the radical claim that the observance of commandments has a beneficial effect on the higher worlds.

Keywords:   kabbalistic literature, halakhic literature, Kabbalah, Halakha, ritual worship, commandments

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