Some Basic Principles of Kabbalistic Spirituality
January 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmSuggested Donation: $18
Professor Pinchas Giller
What distinguishes the world-view of the kabbalist from other kinds of Jews? Is kabbalah a form of metaphysics, or is it what the world calls “mysticism?” If it is “mysticism,” what makes it like other forms of religious mysticism? How can conventional Jews incorporate kabbalistic ideas into their religious practice and world-view, and in what ways was this done over Jewish history? This talk will serve the purpose of clarify the role of Kabbalah in Jewish practice and to define the appropriate, as well as the improper uses of Kabbalah.
Dr. Pinchas Giller is Chair of the Jewish Studies Department and Jean and Harvey z””l Powell Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Following his ordination, in 1980, Dr. Giller taught high school in Israel. He came back to the U.S. to earn his Ph.D., then returned to Israel to participate in the Hebrew University Zohar Project. After stints at Concordia University in Montreal and Washington University in St. Louis, he joined the AJU faculty in 1998 and became department chair in 2009. He also directs the Kabbalah and Hasidism Program at the American Jewish University.