Kabbalistic Circles in Jerusalem (1896-1948)


This book endeavors to fill a lacuna in the literature on early twentieth-century kabbalah, namely the lack of a comprehensive account of the traditional kabbalah seminaries (Yeshivot) in Jerusalem from 1896 to 1948 as well as the various manifestations of kabbalah within traditional Jewish society. The foundations that were laid in the early twentieth century also paved the way for the contemporary blossoming of kabbalah in many and manifold circles. In this sense, retracing the pertinent developments in Palestine at the outset of the twentieth century is imperative not only for repairing the distorted picture of the past, but for understanding the ongoing surge in kabbalah study.

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Jonatan Meir, Ph.D. (2010), is a professor of Modern Jewish Thought at the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has published monographs and many articles on Jewish Enlightenment, Hasidism, and modern Kabbalah.
"This excellent study is [...] recommended for academic libraries."
Daniel Scheide, Florida Atlantic University, Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews, Volume VII, No. 2

'Meir provides a wealth of bibliographical, literary, political, economic, and cultural information. At the same time, his book is accessible to a non-specialist audience (...) Meir’s updated contribution is a landmark in the history of both 20th-century Kabbalah and pre-state Jewish Jerusalem. It is also an exemplar of economic, literary, bibliographic, economic, and institutional religious history.
- Jonathan Garb, The Hebrew University, Place in Modern Jewish Culture and Society, 2018
All interested in the history of Kabbalah, Mysticism and Religious Studies.