The Question About the Existence of Jewish Mysticism

Monday ,9 January, 2017 , 19:00 to 21:00

A literary evening on the occasion of the publication of the book

The Question About the Existence of Jewish Mysticism

The Genealogy of Jewish Mysticism and the Theologies of Kabbalah Research

By Boaz Huss

In this book, Huss discusses the historical contexts and discursive processes that led to the construction of the concept of Jewish mysticism. The author examines how this concept became an analytical category that dictates how research on Kabbalah and Hasidism is conducted in academe, influences how the public perceives them, and affects the shaping of the contemporary kabbalistic and hasidic movements. The book exposes the theological and political assumptions underlying the study of Jewish mysticism and shows how the theological paradigms of research on Kabbalah and Hasidism have defined the boundaries of the field, directed the creation of scientific knowledge, and determined the symbolic value of the objects of study (Theory and Criticism in Context Series edited by Yehouda Shenhav, the Van Leer Institute Press and Hakibbutz Hameuchad).

The book will be available for sale at a discount at the event.