By Joel Hecker
Mystical our bodies, Mystical food is the 1st book-length research of mystical consuming practices and stories within the kabbalah. targeting the Jewish mystical literature of late-thirteenth-century Spain, writer Joel Hecker analyzes the ways that the Zohar and different contemporaneous literature symbolize mystical attainment of their homilies approximately consuming. What emerges isn't just attention of consuming practices yet, extra commonly, the results such practices and stories have at the our bodies of its practitioners.
Using anthropology, sociology, ritual stories, and gender thought, Hecker money owed for the interior topography of the physique as imaginatively conceived by way of kabbalists. For those mystics, the actual physique interacts with the fabric global to impression ameliorations inside themselves and in the Divinity. The kabbalists event the precise physique as certainly one of fullness, one whose limitations permit for the consumption of divine mild and gear, and for the outward overflow of fruitfulness and generosity; whilst, the physique keeps adequate integrity to confer a feeling of completeness, because the excellent image for the Divinity itself.
Nourishment imagery is used during the kabbalah as a metaphor signifying the move of divine blessing from the higher worlds to the decrease, from masculine to female, and from Israel to the Godhead. The body's religious continuity allows unions among the kabbalistic devotee and his meals, desk, chair, and wine and is exemplified within the practices and reviews surrounding the intake of nutrients; this continuity can be appropriate to different points of embodiment, akin to the kabbalist's union along with his fellow guy. Mystical our bodies, Mystical food underscores the homosocial caliber of the kabbalistic fraternity, within which gendered hierarchies of grasp and disciple are associated with the imagery and dynamics of nourishment and sexuality. Bringing this complete spectrum into concentration, Hecker eventually considers how the oral hollow space and abdominal, even the feelings linked to festive nutrients, are mobilized to supply the soul of the paranormal saint in medieval kabbalah.
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Mystical our bodies, Mystical nutrients is the 1st book-length research of mystical consuming practices and stories within the kabbalah. concentrating on the Jewish mystical literature of late-thirteenth-century Spain, writer Joel Hecker analyzes the ways that the Zohar and different contemporaneous literature symbolize mystical attainment of their homilies approximately consuming.
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Eating the scroll is part of a broader discourse dealing with the question of the very nature of prophecy, particularly in light of the emergence of a fixed entity of scripture. 6 This is linked to the precarious political situation at the time, making prophecy a more hazardous endeavor. In general, Ezekiel is greatly concerned with establishing his own validity and the authentication of his mission and message. 7 When Moses produces water from a rock, his success indicates his legitimacy as God’s appointed leader.
You shall not follow the practices of the nation that I am driving out before you. For it is because they did all these things that I abhorred them and said to you: You shall possess their land, for I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey. I the Lord am your God who has set you apart from other peoples. So you shall set apart the clean beast from the unclean, the unclean bird from the clean. You shall not draw abomination upon yourselves through beast or bird or anything with which the ground is alive, which I have set apart for you to treat as unclean.
Mystical Bodies, Mystical Meals: Eating and Embodiment in Medieval Kabbalah by Joel Hecker