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The Doctrine Of The 'Good Points' And Its Kabbalistic Sources

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The good points are an original, multifaceted and seminal concept in Naḥmansteaching. It developed over several years, and it features mainly in three of his torot. The first torah which mentions the good points, albeit without any link to music, is LM I. The images and ideas associated with them in this torah are vital for the conception of the good points in Naḥmans later torot, most notably their connection to the notions of ḥesed and tzeruf, as will be discussed in this chapter. However, the term good points, which appears to be unique to Naḥman, is related to the kabbalistic concept of point, and has different connotations from those that apply to sparks. These connotations will be examined in the chapter.

Keywords: good points; Kabbalistic sources; Naḥman; torot

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