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contradiction of the entire purpose of humankind’s being, the material and suffering life still remained motivated by a naturally ascentive soul 43 and, therefore, a spiritually blind humanity had entered into an unnatural condition. 44 For this reason God the Word incarnated to allow the divine light to be

In: Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism

bourgeois social expectations that stifled rather than promoted spirituality. He believed that the path to discovering mystical approaches that could bring religion to life was by searching for insightful, living mystical teachers who could help one discover a type of “supertreasure” that he speaks about at

In: Kabbalah in America
Author: Ansgar Martins

One might say that Kafka, as a kind of powerless Sabbatian messiah, parodies the status quo. Adorno’s reading focused not so much on the specific plots of particular texts by Kafka but, rather, on the way in which his main protagonist dodges his way through various stages of his life. For Adorno

In: The Migration of Metaphysics into the Realm of the Profane
Author: Ansgar Martins

, Benjamin considered it, on Scholem’s account, “his most important possession”: “From the outset, Benjamin was extraordinarily fascinated by Klee’s picture,” and throughout the remainder of his life, “it played a significant role in his considerations.” 34 This is evidenced not only by the title of the

In: The Migration of Metaphysics into the Realm of the Profane