By Leo Schaya
Leo Schaya (1916-1986) used to be an excellent writer and editor whose basically booklet to seem in English was once the much-acclaimed The common which means of the Kabbalah, that is frequently mentioned in books on Jewish mysticism. This new ebook, Universal features of the Kabbalah and Judaism, is a suite of writings via Schaya, together with a few formerly unpublished fabric, that spotlight the actual means within which Judaism expresses common truths and ideas. Schaya explains in nice intensity and sweetness how the God of Israel manifests His goodness, strength, and mercy in a number of degrees of artistic emanations, that are the main target of the Kabbalah. much more, besides the fact that, Schaya seems via Judaism’s specific types and demonstrates that at its center Judaism finds a similar mysterious common resource from which the entire nice spiritual traditions of the realm draw their religious sustenance and effort. Please be aware: This publication includes international characters that won't be noticeable on all booklet devices.
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Third, Schaya had a powerful attraction to the inner meaning of sacred symbols, and although all writers of his school of thought share this tendency, Schaya often chose to write expansively upon one or several related symbols. Finally, Schaya made significant contributions to the body of scholarly studies that reveal the capacity of an integral tradition, in this case Judaism, to serve as a vehicle through which we might perceive the universal realities that underlie all authentic traditions. According to a central Perennialist principle, it is in the nature of things that these pure realities exist beneath the clothing of the various traditions, and it is a goal of Perennialist writings to illuminate those underlying realities.
389–418. CHAPTER 1 Some Universal Aspects of Judaism1 Like all revealed religions and traditions, Judaism contains aspects which give it its special character and which constitute by definition its own way of affirming the Absolute. Its particularity involves the laws and rites specific to Israel, determined to a large extent by that nation’s ethnological relationship with God, by the vocation of the “Chosen People” and by their sacred history. But if we examine the “doctrine” (Torah) of Judaism closely, as revealed by the Bible—or more precisely by its first part, known to Christians as the Old Testament—as well as by its traditional exegeses, exoteric and esoteric, we will uncover the universal foundation by which the Jewish religion is linked to all other genuine religions.
Judaism, as we have seen, calls this link “Noachism,” that is to say the primordial and universal religion of the absolute One, as revealed to Adam and perpetuated by Noah and his three sons, themselves prefiguring the multitude of religions after Babel. Therefore, we repeat, it is through comparative metaphysics, cosmology, and anthropology that we are able to discover, behind the traditional forms (though antinomic in appearance) the link that is permanently established by the proper and primordial affirmation of the one and only Absolute.