Abstract

Abstract:

Scholars have generally depicted kabbalists within an air of exclusivity. During the second quarter of the eighteenth century, however, a handful of Jewish mystics in Padua, led by Moses HayimLuzzatto, opened their secret society to others interested but not adept in Kabbalah in an attempt to establish a "perfected community" and attain the long-awaited messianic redemption. This article explores the social factors and intentions that drove the group's activity, specifically how Luzzatto's thoughts of the unity of creation played out in life and community.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3222
Print ISSN
0022-5037
Pages
pp. 45-66
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-28
Open Access
No
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