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Mitzvot, lumi, comunitate în gândirea hasidicã moderna/ Mitzvot, Worlds, and Community in Modern Hasidic Thinking

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Author(s): Petru Moldovan

Journal: Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies
ISSN 1583-0039

Volume: 2;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 158;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: Kabbalah | Hasidism | mystics | magic

ABSTRACT
Moshe Idel considers that the emergence of Hasidism is not the result of the confrontation between ancient and modern orientations. In M. Idel’s interpretation of the Hasidic phenomenon, a central point is ascribed to the inevitable encounter of the Hasidim masters with a variety of mystic literature. I have chosen to analyze three extremely complex and very important concepts regarding Jewish mystic phenomenon: mitzvoth, worlds, and community. In discussing these concepts I have tried to emphasize their practical and very important nature. I have also described the relations that bring them together, in order to identify the special role of the Hasidic mystic in the process of influencing the superior and inferior worlds. This depends on the manner in which he respects and carries out the commandments. I would like to emphasize the blurred line between mystic and magic in the Hasidism of Southeastern Europe.
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