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Kabbalah: Mysticism, Magic & Sexuality


Adult Enrichment / ACE Highlights -
Winter 2023

Explore the world of Kabbalah, the ancient mystical tradition of Judaism. We will examine the creative ways in which Kabbalists saw the world: their views of an androgynous God, the central role of humanity in expediting redemption, the daring sexual symbolism of the Tree of Life, and the role of meditation and prayer in repairing the world. We will also look at the substantial influence Kabbalah exercised on Renaissance thought, Christian theology, and Western esotericism. The lecture will conclude with a short glance at Kabbalah’s contemporary revival.

Instructors

Yair Lior

Yair Lior is a scholar of Comparative Religion at Boston University. His comparative work focuses on the Jewish and Chinese traditions, especially the emergence of Kabbalah mysticism in medieval France and Spain, and the emergence of the school of Neo-Confucianism in Song Dynasty China. Lior also specializes in scientific approaches to the study of religion. His current book project (under contract with Oxford University Press) uses the comparison of the Jewish and Confucian traditions as a case study for theorizing about the nature of religion, and how religions adapt to rapidly changing environments. He teaches classes on Jewish mysticism, Chinese philosophy and religion, Religion & Science, Introduction to Religion, and Eastern Religions.


Scholarium

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HL-Kabbalah

  Yair Lior , Scholarium


Arlington High School
Wednesday, Mar 22
7:00 - 9:00 PM

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Price: $ 29 00