Dr. Yeshaya Gruber
Professor of Jewish History and Culture
What is Kabbalah? How does Jewish mysticism explain light and darkness, the brokenness of the world, the Messiah, and the Creator himself? Do these understandings coincide with or contradict Biblical truths? Were Jesus (Yeshua of Nazareth) and Paul (Saul of Tarsus) Jewish mystics? Why is the Word of God like “burning fire” that cannot be contained, as the prophet Jeremiah wrote? How did Jewish and Christian mystical thinkers, artists, philosophers, and scientists — from Rabbi Nachmanides to Sir Isaac Newton and from Isaac Luria “the Lion” to Mirandola the Renaissance man — approach this secret knowledge? Join Dr. Gruber on an exciting journey in considering these big questions by looking at original source texts of Jewish mystical tradition and the opinions of notable scholars.
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