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The Future Of The Kabbalah: On The Dislocation Of Past Primacy, The Problem Of Evil, And The Future Of Illusions

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Kabbalah has a clandestine affinity with modernity. The kabbalah has become a thriving field of academic study despite the historians of the nineteenth century. This chapter presents a future of the kabbalah by seeking to discern a clandestine affinity between two categories as diametrically opposed as any could be. Modernity has come to epitomize the culture of dispersal, with exile and dislocation the salient features of the modern age. An affinity between modernity and the kabbalah exists in two regards: a reading-in to the text which finds commonality in the moment that meaning is applied and an antinomian condition which makes this reading possible. The concept of the Enlightenment can be said to have originated with the notion of rational precepts which can be derived from scripture.

Keywords: clandestine affinity; kabbalah; modernity

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