#60 Kabbalah – History & Ideas Since the Ari (Part 2)

The teachings of Rabbi Isaac Luria, the Ari (AR”Y), have been profoundly influential on Jewish mystical thought of the past five hundred years. In this episode of the podcast, the second lecture in a series exploring post-Lurianic Kabbalah, David discusses the historical background, lives, and ideas of two iconic Jewish intellectual and spiritual figures – the Vilna Gaon and Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto. In doing so, he examines their remarkable contributions to kabbalistic thought on G-d, the world, and Divine revelation.

Listeners who find this material new or challenging may wish to refer to the glossary of kabbalistic terms provided here. 

This lecture includes discussions on:

  • the Zohar and Lurianic Kabbalah
  • Jewish explorations of alchemy
  • revelation and redemption, the geula
  • the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment)
  • Shabtai Zvi and Nathan of Gaza
  • Jewish messianic movements
  • the Ramchal, Rabbi Chayim Luzzatto
  • the Maggid of Mezritch, Rabbi Dov Ber ben Avraham of Mezeritch
  • Rabbi Joseph Ergas
  • Rabbi Immanuel Hai Ricci
  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
  • ein sof and marshal
  • the Khmelnytsky massacre

Find part one of the series here

Find part three of the series here.

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#29 Chassidism ‘in one hour’

Arising in the wake of a number of dramatic historical events of the 17th century, the Chassidic movement emerged in the first half of the 18th century under the charismatic leadership of Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer, the Baal Shem Tov, with profound effect on European Jewry. In this podcast episode, David Solomon provides an introduction and overview of Chassidism, looking at its early leaders and their ideas. David also examines the impact of the movement, how it has evolved, and the form it has come to take in the current age.

Painting by Roger David Servais – Hasidic jewish fiddler, Homage to Daniel Ahaviel, 100 cm x 130 cm, oil on canvas, 2010, R. David S.pai. Creative Commons.

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