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Sod ha-Shabbat

The Mystery of the Sabbath

Elliot K. Ginsburg

Publication Year: 1989

The Sabbath has been one of the most significant and beloved institutions of Jewish life since late antiquity. Over a period of several centuries, the classical Kabbalists developed a rich body of ritual and myth that articulated a fresh vision of the Sabbath. The mystical understanding of the Sabbath was assimilated by virtually every Jewish community. This volume is a translation and critical commentary to Sod ha-Shabbat, a treatise on the mystical Sabbath by the influential Spanish-Turkish Kabbalist, R. Meir ibn Gabbai. This important text, the most systematic treatment of the Sabbath in classical Kabbalah, has been inaccessible to the English reader until now.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-

The present volume is a translation of, and critical commentary to, Sod ha-Shabbat, a treatise on the mystical Sabbath by the influential Spanish-Turkish Kabbalist, R. Meir ibn Gabbai (1480/81-after 1543). Ibn Gabbai's text is part of a larger composition, the Tola'at Ya'aqov, which he completed in 1507. The merit of Sod ha-Shabbat is twofold...

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Acknowledgements

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pp. ix-x

It is a pleasure to be able to acknowledge a debt of gratitude to the many people who have contributed to this work, who have challenged and encouraged me and brought me to this season. An earlier version of the present study, here substantially revised, was part of a doctoral dissertation under the direction of Arthur...

Illustrations

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pp. xi-

Abbreviations

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pp. xiii-xiv

Note on Transliteration and Orthography

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pp. xv-xvi

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Introduction

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pp. 1-10

Sod ha-Shabbat, Meir ibn Gabbai's treatise on the mystical Sabbath, lies at the heart of his Tola'at Ya'aqov (TY), completed by the author in the spring of 1507. Sod ha-Shabbat is perhaps the most comprehensive and systematic treatment of Sabbath celebration in the classical Kabbalah. From a literary point of view, it has the...

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Sod ha-Shabbat:The Translation

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pp. 11-74

The Holy One, blessed be He, has given us the Sabbath as our inheritance and it is equal to the entire Torah, as it is said: "And You came down upon Mount Sinai ... And You made known to them Your Holy Sabbath." [Neh. 9: 13-14] This passage teaches us [via parallel structure] that the Sabbath is equal to the entire Torah.1

Notes to the Introduction

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pp. 75-84

Notes to Sod ha-Shabbat

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pp. 85-237

Bibliography

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pp. 238-252

INDEX 1: Source Index to Sod ha-Shabbat

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pp. 253-259

INDEX 2: Thematic Index to the Introduction, Notes to the Introduction, and the Commentary

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pp. 260-264


E-ISBN-13: 9781438404127
E-ISBN-10: 1438404123
Print-ISBN-13: 9780887067808
Print-ISBN-10: 0887067808

Page Count: 280
Publication Year: 1989

Series Title: SUNY series in Judaica: Hermeneutics, Mysticism, and Religion
Series Editor Byline: Michael Fishbane