What Has Mysticism to Do with Judaism?

By Cynthia Ozick

Eugene Borowitz, February 17, 1978

The author outlines an argument that although Jewish history and scripture has many mystical elements, mysticism leads generally away from Jewishness. Some of the arguments presented relate to: narcissism; magic / occult; pantheism; a diminishing of the ethical; and a focus on the universal instead of the unique Jewish covenant.

Topic: Theology, Faith, Jewish Text, Values, Morality, Philosophy, Hasidim, Ethics, Spirituality, Belief, Covenant, Chasidim, Hasidism

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Borowitz, Eugene B.

Volume/Issue: Vol.8/no.148

Page Number(s): 69-72

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Ozick, Cynthia. What Has Mysticism to Do with Judaism?. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Eugene Borowitz. 17 February 1978: 69-72. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8925


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