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The Imagined Decline Of Kabbalah: The Kabbalistic Yeshiva Sha'Ar Ha-Shamayim And Kabbalah In Jerusalem In The Beginning Of The Twentieth Century

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In 1925, Ariel Bension (18811932) published a small booklet entitled Hilula, which was meant to serve as an introduction to a more extensive work he planned to publish under the title Sefer Rafael. The son of the kabbalist wanted to write an account of the yeshiva from its origins till his own day, though he succeeded in completing only his introduction to the more extensive work. Many other kabbalistic centers were established in Jerusalem and dozens of individual kabbalists operated outside of the official framework of yeshivot. This chapter focus on the Sha'ar ha-Shamayim yeshiva and its operation until the Holocaust. The yeshiva was founded in 1906 by a group of kabbalists who earlier belonged to the Beit El yeshiva (as also happened with the Rehovot ha-Nahar yeshiva).

Keywords: Ariel Bension; Jerusalem; kabbalist; Sha'ar ha-Shamayim; yeshivot



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