Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts

Daniel Abrams and Avraham Elqayam Editors

A Cherub Press Publication, Los Angeles





VOLUME 4 (1999)


Studies in English


Konstantin Burmistrov and Maria Endel: Kabbalah in Russian Masonry: Some

Preliminary Observations.


Giacomo Saban: Sabbatean Genealogical Trees.


David Harari: Was the Author of Cabala del Cavallo Pegaseo a Kabbalist?


New Books and Books Received


Studies in Hebrew


Boaz Huss: A Sage is Preferable to a Prophet: R. Simeon bar Yohai and Moses

in the Zohar.


Paul Fenton: R. Joseph Ibn Waqar’s Sefer Shoreshei ha-Qabbalah: A

Kabbalistic Lexicon.


Yoni Garb: The Kabbalah of Rabbi Joseph Ibn Sayyah as a Source for the

Understanding of Safedian Kabbalah.


Mordechai Pachter: ‘The Root of Faith is the Root of Heresy’ in the Teaching

of R. Azriel of Gerona.


Israel Koren: Mystical and Prophetic Elements in the Works of Fredreich



Dov Schwartz: From Theurgy to Magic: The Crystallization of the

Magical-Talismanic Interpretation of the Sacrifices in the School of

Nahmanides and his Interpreters.


Book Reviews in Hebrew


Rimmon Kasher: Ann Jeffers, Magic and Divination in Ancient Palestine and

Syria, Studies in the History and Culture of the Ancient Near East 8, Leiden-New York- Köln: E.J. Brill, 1996.

Meir Bar Ilan: Michael D. Swartz, Scholastic Magic: Ritual and Revelation in

Early Jewish Mysticism, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.

Alon Goshen-Gottstein: Arthur Green, Keter: The Crown of God in Early Jewish

Mysticism, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997.


VOLUME 5 (2000)


Studies in English


Avriel Bar-Levav: Games of Death in Jewish Books for the Sick and Dying in

the Early Modern Period.


Daniel Abrams: The Dimensions of the Creator - Contradiction or Paradox?

Corruptions and Accretions to the Manuscript Witnesses.


Elliot R. Wolfson: Megillat ’Emet we-’Emunah: Contemplative

Visualization and Mystical Unknowing.


Dan Shapira: אין מזל לישראל: Celestial Race, The Jews.


Andreas B. Kilcher: Scientia cabalistica as Scientia universalis:

Encyclopedism and Kabbalism in the 16th and 17th Centuries.


Boaz Huss: NiSAN - The Wife of the Infinite: The Mystical Hermeneutics of

Rabbi Isaac of Acre.


Evgeny A. Torchinov: The Doctrine of the Origin of Evil in Lurianic and

Sabbatean Kabbalah and in the ‘Awakening of Faith’ in Mahhyana Buddhism.


Review Essays and Book Reviews in English


Arthur Green: Reply to Alon Goshen-Gottstein [Review of A. Green, Keter: The

Crown of God in Early Jewish Mysticism, Princeton, 1997, published in

Kabbalah 4 (1999)].

Giacomo Saban: Ilgaz Zorlu, Evet, ben Selanikliyim - Turkiye Sabetaycl -

Makaleler (Yes, I am a Salonician - Turkish Sabbateanism - Articles), Belge

Uluslararas Yayhnchlhk - Istanbul 1998.

J. H. Chajes: J. Z. Werblowsky: R. Yoseph Karo: Ba‘al Halakha u-Mequbal.

Translated by Yair Zoren. Third (Hebrew) edition, Jerusalem: Magnes Press,


Heidi Laura: Hanna Liss, El’azar ben Yehuda von Worms: Hilkhot ha-Kavod. Die

Lehrstze von der Herlichkeit Gottes, [Text and Studies in Medieval and

Early Modern Judaism, 12] Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1997.


New Books and Books Received



Studies in Hebrew


Yuval Harari: Love Charms in Early Jewish Magic.

Moshe Idel: Enoch - The Mystical Cobbler.

Yair Lorberbaum: Nahmanides’ Kabbalah on the Creation of Man in the Image of


Melila Helner-Eshed: If You Awaken and Arouse Love: The Language of

Awakening in the Zohar.

Israel Ta-Shema: Additional Inquiries into the Problem of Ashkenazi Sources

to the Zohar.

Alexander Even-Chen: Mysticism and Prophecy in the Writings of Abraham

Joshua Heschel.

Yisrael Koren: Martin Buber-From Ecstasy to the Mysticism of Life.



Review Essays and Book Reviews in Hebrew


Zeev Gries: Between the Surgeons’ Blade of the Historian and the Brush of

the Researcher of Literature [Review Essay of: Moshe Rosman, Founder of

Hasidism - A Quest for the Historical Ba‘al Shem Tov, Berkeley, Los Angeles,

London: University of California Press, 1996].

Efraim Meir: Edward K. Kaplan, Holiness in Words - Abraham Joshua Heschel’s

Poetics of Piety, Albany: SUNY Press, 1996; E. K. Kaplan and S. H. Dresner,

Abraham Joshua Heschel - Prophetic Witness, New Haven and London: Yale

University, 1998.