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Tiferet Bahurim: Circles Of Action

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Tiferet Bahurim is committed to the creation of new norms and, at the same time, to the elimination of old norms that had been widespread in seventeenth-century Italian Jewish society. The significance of this work lies in its turning the sexual theme into a focal point sending vectors, or modes of discussion, to interfacing areas. The discussion of the human body-the flesh and blood body-is a theme that arrived late in historical research. The enumeration of the commandments was meant to serve as a mnemonic aid but, in the early modern period, "memory" in European culture is not a passive tool for the preservation of human knowledge. Pinhas Baruch Monselice's closeness and deep attachment to kabbalistic tradition is also evident in his other writings, among them Magen Hayyim, which deals with ritual preparations for sleep and with the kabbalistic prayers to be recited beforehand.

Keywords: early modern period; European; Jewish; kabbalistic tradition; Tiferet Bahurim



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