Jewish Mysticism

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Reality is an illusion; the world around us is created merely by our reaction to its existence. Without the world, we would have no perception of its being, and without perception, we would have no understanding of the world. Thus, reality exists outside of our human minds, and it is how we construct, through our senses, our surroundings and the roles we play within them that determine our beliefs, behaviors, and teachings. Through this lens, it is beneficial to view a society as a map, and its peoples’ practices, standards, and conduct as their means of direction, allowing them to transport to their designated place in society and perform tasks expected of them. However, a map only represents an abstraction of reality, portraying only the necessary points, lines, and information required to fulfill its purpose, and the directions used to travel this map are products of this abstraction. Similarly, people’s perception of the society they inhabit are abstract, and entirely dependent on the eyes of the perceivers; so, the norms regarding beliefs and behavior are also products of an abstraction, and can be adjusted in response to varying contexts. This assertion has arguably held true for all of time, and can help explain the indisputable relationship between religion, culture, and society that has materialized throughout history. In particular, the development and discourse of medieval Kabbalah is attributable to the cultural context of the medieval times, specifically in Southern France and Spain, and the Jewish people’s response to their perceived role and place on this particular map. These times were dominated by Christian and Muslim rule, and rabbinic Judaism was consequently deemed inferior due to the heavy influence of claims made by these religions. While a map cannot be rewritten if its purpose is to accurately reflect the…...

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