Compassion and Love in Jewish Mystical Sources

By :  Eitan Fishbane Professor of Jewish Thought Posted On Mar 14, 2022 / 5782 | Monday Webinar The Power of Emotion: Judaism and the Inner Life

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Part of the series, “The Power of Emotion: Judaism and the Inner Life

Through study of Kabbalistic texts ranging from 13th-century Spain to 16th-century Tzfat, Dr. Eitan Fishbane, associate professor of Jewish Thought, JTS, explored how the related themes of love and compassion were central to the spiritual and ethical thinking of key Kabbalists. For these mystics, compassion and love were simultaneously ideals in relation to other people and in relation to God; what is more, many understood interpersonal compassion and love as actual manifestations of Divinity in the earthly realm. Our createdness in the image of God brings the ideals of emotion and virtue to life in the physical world.


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