Mysticism and Madness: The Religious Thought of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav by Zvi MarkMysticism and Madness: The Religious Thought of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav by Zvi Mark

Mysticism and Madness: The Religious Thought of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav

byZvi Mark

Paperback | July 21, 2009

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Two hundred years since Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav's demise, his philosophical writings and literary creation remain lively and provocative materials in both Jewish culture and the New-Age movement.

Key elements of Rabbi Nachman`s magic and magnetic force are illuminated in this research, which presents Bratslavian mysticism as a unique link in the history of Jewish mysticism. The mystical worldview is the axis of this book, but its branches stretch out to key issues in the Bratslavian world such as belief and imagination, dreams and the land of Israel, melodies and song.
Title:Mysticism and Madness: The Religious Thought of Rabbi Nachman of BratslavFormat:PaperbackDimensions:322 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.9 inPublished:July 21, 2009Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0826441440

ISBN - 13:9780826441447


Table of Contents

1 Imagination, Prophecy and Faith
¿¿¿ The Role of the Imagination in Religious Life, and the Character of Bratslavian Faith
¿¿¿ Faith and Imagination
¿¿¿ Casting Away the Intellect

2 On the Character of Mystical Experiences
¿¿¿ The Nullification and Return of the Rational Mind in the Mystical Experience Mysticism of Faith
¿¿¿ Hierarchy in Mystical Paths (Via Mystica) and in Mystical Unification (Unio Mystica)
¿¿¿ If I Knew Him I Would Be Him: Knowledge (Da'at) as a means of Attaining Mystical Unification
¿¿¿ Conclusion

3 Unification: Hints, Sparks and Melody-On the Bratslavian Service of God
¿¿¿ Introduction
¿¿¿ The Unification of 'Hashem Elokim'
¿¿¿ States of Nocturnal Consciousness: Sleep, Dream and Wakefulness (Hitbodedut)

4. Silence and Melody Facing the Void: On the Place of the Mystic Melody in the Confrontation with Heresy in the Writings of R. Nahman of Bratslav
¿¿¿ Two Models of Creation - Tzimtzum and the Breaking of the Vessels
¿¿¿ What Is Absent from the Void?
¿¿¿ Silence and Melody
¿¿¿ The Beggar with a Speech Defect
¿¿¿ R. Nathan in Likkutei Halakhot on Tzimtzum and the Void

5 The Land Of Imagination
¿¿¿ "The Aspect of the Land Of Israel"
¿¿¿ The Way to the Land of the Imagination
¿¿¿ The Doctrine of Descriptions of God
¿¿¿ Clapping Hands
¿¿¿ Summation

6 'Smallness' And 'Greatness' and their Roots in the Kabbalah of the Ari
¿¿¿ Introduction
¿¿¿ A Minor is not obligated in Mitzvot
¿¿¿ 'And He was a Youth'-'Smallness' As Making Oneself Foolish and Engaging in Childish Acts
¿¿¿ 'Smallness' and Forgetting-'Smallness' And 'I Do Not Know'
¿¿¿ 'Smallness' and the Land of Israel
¿¿¿ 'Smallness' and Death
¿¿¿ From Particulars to the Totality: The Return to 'Smallness' as a New Birth
¿¿¿ Summation and Conclusion

7 The Ultimate Purpose of Knowing is that We Do Not Know
¿¿¿ Introduction
¿¿¿ "That We Do Not Know" And "I Do Not Know"
¿¿¿ Wondrous and Very Awesome
¿¿¿ Al Yedei Tikun Habrit
¿¿¿ Emtz'uta D'Alma
¿¿¿ Ki M'rachamam

8 "The Story of the Humble King"- On Laughter and Foolishness In The Service Of God
¿¿¿ Seeking the Face of the King
¿¿¿ Regarding Katavish and Laughter
¿¿¿ The Palace of Changes
¿¿¿ Conclusion

Editorial Reviews

'Zvi Mark is this generation's leading scholar on the ever-fascinating life and teachings of Rabbi Nahman. Both his new textual discoveries and his perceptive readings of them are truly eye-opening. I highly recommend his work!' - Arthur Green, rector of Hebrew College's Rabbinical School and Irving Brudnick Professor of Philosophy and Religion