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Reason, Law and Mysticism

Bonding With G-d Via Torah
Chassidic and Mitnagdic Perspectives on Torah as a Path to G-d
The legal aspect of the Torah has been described by Kabbalists as concealing a deeper, more mystical dimension. But Mitnagdic and Chassidic thinkers both argued—in similar but different ways—that study of legal topics “for its own sake” could itself embody a mystic purpose. But what is the nature of that purpose?
On the Eternal Unfolding of the Transcendent Torah
Torah Hermeneutics in the Thought of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson
Arguments for the Sake of Heaven
Creating positive interpersonal relationships through sacred texts
When Jews study holy texts together, they do not always agree on their interpretation. A look at how arguing over the Torah can actually bring us closer together.
Rationalist or Mystic?
Revisiting the philosophical orientation of Maimonides
Can Maimonides' intellectual approach be characterized as rationalistic or mystical? Is there evidence that he studied and even embraced kabbalistic teachings?
Spirituality vs. Law
Reconciling the Mystical and the Legal Traditions within Judaism
Is there tension between spirituality and law? At first glance, it may seem difficult to reconcile the mystical and legalistic traditions within Judaism as represented by kabbalistic and Talmudic texts respectively. Professor Sandman offers an integrated view of the two.
Communicating the Ineffable: Cosmic Manifestations of the Chasidic Innovation
Q. What is Chasidism? A. It's difficult to say. An examination of the internal lieterature addressing this question draws the conclusion that Chasidism is no less than the paradoxical communication of the ineffable core of divinity.
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