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Gershom scholem who died in 1982 remains the biggest gun in kabbalah scholarship and on the kabbalah and its symbolism is perhaps his most accessible book on the subject it contains definitive essays on the relation of the torah to jewish mysticism the mythology of the kabbalah and the place of jewish mystics in the jewish community. To be sacrificed was the kabbalah jewish mysticism with its intri cate introverted symbolism was felt to be alien and disturbing and soon forgotten the kabbalists had attempted to penetrate and even to describe the mystery of the world as a reflection of the i. In on the kabbalah and its symbolism gershom scholem guides the reader through the central themes in the intricate history of the kabbalah clarifying the relations between mysticism and established religious authority the mystics interpretation of the torah and their attempts to discover the hidden meaning underlying scripture the tension between the philosophical. Cosmic religion on the kabbalah and its symbolism by gershom g scholem translated by ralph manheim schocken 216 pp 750 after major trends in jewish mysticism 1941 the selections from the zohar and jewish gnosticism merkabah mysticism and talmudic tradition 1960 this translation of professor scholems essays on the rituals and symbolism of the kabbalah is most timely