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Shamanic Trance in Modern Kabbalah$
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Jonathan Garb

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226282077

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226282060.001.0001

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(p.143) Epilogue
Shamanic Trance in Modern Kabbalah
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In the Middle Ages, Kabbalah perforce retained a strong connection to Neo-Aristotelean or Neo-Platonic philosophy and indeed was in many ways inseparable from these discourses. It is problematic to view modern Kabbalah in a proximist manner as an elaboration of medieval Jewish mysticism. The evidence for the persistence of intense and somatic experiences of somatic transformation was drawn from a broad array of texts. While the underscoring of the shamanic elements in Jewish mystical culture certainly brings the study of modern Kabbalah closer to the general scholastic enterprise of religious studies, it should not be seen as a move that removes the body of texts studied here from its anchoring in the broader Jewish tradition. In future works, the exhibition of the continued relevance of the revitalizing forces of Jewish modernity to the broader question of the meaning of traditional Jewish practice in modern global culture is aimed at.

Keywords:   modern Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, somatic transformation, Jewish mystical culture, Jewish modernity, Jewish tradition

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