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Contemporary Jewish Mysticism And Palestinian Suicide Bombing

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This chapter deals with kabbalah and modernity in contemporary Israel, and dwells mostly on manifestations of kabbalah in the public domain, which is obsessed with issues of national security. More specifically, the chapter try to lay the groundwork for general conclusions about the status of kabbalah in the Jewish world of today, based on the connection between kabbalah and suicide terrorists. The chapter examines the way a particular religious group handles the tragic consequences of the phenomenon of terrorism. Zaka is a Haredi organization, i.e. it belongs to Jewish ultra-orthodoxy in Israel. Blood is a salient element in (national) religious thought and practice; and Judaism is no exception. Identification of the Haredi task on the scene of ST with the specific kabbalistic ritual of Tikkun is not formal or complete.

Keywords: blood; Israel; Jewish; kabbalah; ST; Tikkun; Zaka



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