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His Hand Did Not Leave Hers Until He Was Grown: Two Little Known Works From Moses Cordovero (Ramak)

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R. Moses ben Jacob Cordovero (Ramak, 1522-1570) is considered by many to be the greatest theoretician of Jewish mysticism. He was the first to describe the dialectical process through which the Sefirot pass in their development and to interpret the various stages of their emanation as manifestations of the Divine mind. A prolific writer, he is responsible for two of the classics of Kabbalah, Pardes Rimmonim and Tomer Devorah. Less well known are a number of other works written by Cordovero. Two in particular are of interest and the subject of this chapter. They are Or Ne'erav and Perush Seder Avodat Yom ha-Kippurim, both printed in Venice in 1587 by Cordovero's son R. Gedaliah Cordovero at the press of Giovanni di Gara. Or Ne'erav has a decorative title page with a frame comprised of pillars with a woman at each side above a lion, both facing out.

Keywords: Jewish mysticism; Or Ne'erav; Perush Seder Avodat Yom ha-Kippurim; R. Moses ben Jacob Cordovero



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