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e-Book Open Secret: Postmessianic Messianism and the Mystical Revision of Menaḥem Mendel Schneerson download

by Elliot R. Wolfson

ISBN: 0231146310
ISBN13: 978-0231146319
Language: English
Publisher: Columbia University Press; Reprint edition (July 10, 2012)
Pages: 472
Category: Leaders and Notable People
Subategory: Memoris

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Elliot R. Wolfson's dark brilliance is itself an open secret, unfolding mesmerizing rhythms of chiastic paradox.

Elliot R. Wolfson's book "Open Secret" is an amazing journey into the world of Hasidism and Kabbalah as understood by Habad and its Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. I found that in reading this wonderful book that I could only read a page and a half or two per night, as it was so deep and needed a great deal of concentration to mine the depths of what Professor Wolfson was writing.

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Menaḥem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994) was the seventh and seemingly last Rebbe of the Habad-Lubavitch dynasty.

Menahem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994) was the seventh andseemingly last Rebbe of the Habad-Lubavitch .

Menahem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994) was the seventh andseemingly last Rebbe of the Habad-Lubavitch dynasty  . While most literature on the Rebbe focuses on whether or not he identified with the role of Messiah, Elliot R. Wolfson, a leading scholar of Jewish mysticism and the phenomenology of religious experience, concentrates instead on Schneerson's apocalyptic sensibility and his promotion of a mystical consciousness that undermines all discrimination. For Schneerson, the ploy of secrecy is crucial to the dissemination of the messianic secret.

Menahem Mendel Schneerson’s Messianic Teaching. Wolfson’s book details the messianic teaching of Habad and shows it to be a detailed system resting on clear theological foundations. According to Lurianic Kabbalah, to create the world, God contracted himself within the secret place of the infinite. He thereby created an open void, into which he emanated the influx of his light.

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Open Secret Postmessianic Messianism and the Mystical Revision of Menahem Mendel Schneerson.

January 2017 · Victorian Studies. Article March 2008 · Studies in religion. Sciences religieuses.

Home Elliot R. Wolfson Open Secret: Postmessianic Messianism and the Mystical . Wolfson Open Secret: Postmessianic Messianism and the Mystical Revision. Elliot R. Wolfson is the Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. He is the author of numerous essays and books, including Through a Speculum that Shines: Vision and Imagination in Medieval Jewish Mysticism, which was awarded the National Jewish Book Award for Scholarship and the AAR Award for Excellence in Historical Studies; Along the Path: Studies in Kabbalistic Myth, Symbolism, and Hermeneutics; Circle in the Square: Studies in the Use of Gender in Kabbalistic.

Menaḥem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994) was the seventh and seemingly last Rebbe of the Habad-Lubavitch dynasty. Marked by conflicting tendencies, Schneerson was a radical messianic visionary who promoted a conservative political agenda, a reclusive contemplative who built a hasidic sect into an international movement, and a man dedicated to the exposition of mysteries who nevertheless harbored many secrets. Schneerson astutely masked views that might be deemed heterodox by the canons of orthodoxy while engineering a fundamentalist ideology that could subvert traditional gender hierarchy, the halakhic distinction between permissible and forbidden, and the social-anthropological division between Jew and Gentile. While most literature on the Rebbe focuses on whether or not he identified with the role of Messiah, Elliot R. Wolfson, a leading scholar of Jewish mysticism and the phenomenology of religious experience, concentrates instead on Schneerson's apocalyptic sensibility and his promotion of a mystical consciousness that undermines all discrimination. For Schneerson, the ploy of secrecy is crucial to the dissemination of the messianic secret. To be enlightened messianically is to be delivered from all conceptual limitations, even the very notion of becoming emancipated from limitation. The ultimate liberation, or true and complete redemption, fuses the believer into an infinite essence beyond all duality, even the duality of being emancipated and not emancipated—an emancipation, in other words, that emancipates one from the bind of emancipation. At its deepest level, Schneerson's eschatological orientation discerned that a spiritual master, if he be true, must dispose of the mask of mastery. Situating Habad's thought within the evolution of kabbalistic mysticism, the history of Western philosophy, and Mahayana Buddhism, Wolfson articulates Schneerson's rich theology and profound philosophy, concentrating on the nature of apophatic embodiment, semiotic materiality, hypernomian transvaluation, nondifferentiated alterity, and atemporal temporality.
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Bremar
This introductory sentence did not scare me away from buying the Kindle edition of this fine scholarly work-
Wolfson articulates Schneerson's rich theology and profound philosophy, concentrating on the nature of apophatic embodiment, semiotic materiality, hypernomian transvaluation, nondifferentiated alterity, and atemporal temporality;.
The subject is fascinating. The research is exhaustive. But so is the reader after just a few pages. Why can’t scholars learn to write? At least a good editor should have changed the innumerable lengthy and passive paragraphs into more short declarative sentences. Here’s just a few examples you’ll wade through.
Indeed, this act of enclothing (hitlabbeshut), epitomized in the zoharic sentiment that God and Torah are one, is the kabbalistic way of articulating the theopoetic mystery of incarnation, the paradox of the delimitation of the limitless, the ideational underpinning of the hal-akhic basis for the mystical ideal of devequt, communion with and conjunction to the divine through implementation of the commandments;
The typological parallel between the first and the final redeemer, a theme notably pronounced in the strata of zoharic literature known as Ra‘aya Meheimna and Tiqqunim, had a profound impact on later generations of kabbalists, including the luminaries of the sixteenth-century Safedian revival, theologians of seventeenth-century Sabbatianism, and Ḥasidic masters of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. ;
Then you get to the sentences themselves which needs a better editor to fix these:It should be noted; This is not to suggest that; though I hasten to add that it is plausible to say that;It would not be erroneous to think that ; The importance cannot be overstated-
Furthermore to add to the distractions my Kindle edition substitutes squares for words containing the letters ch, tz, ts etc.Try that for dozens of Chabads and Tzintzums.
Good luck on reading what could have been an excellent book.

Vishura
If you are looking for an easy read about the Lubavitcher Rebbe and his messianic aspirations, this would not be the book for you. The Rebbe by Heilman and Friedman or The Rebbe, The Messiah and The Scandal of Orthodox Indifference by David Berger is more your style. I highly recommend both of those books and even better The Seventh by Yitzchak Kraus (Hebrew only). Wolfson's book "Open Secret" is an amazing journey into the world of Hasidism and Kabbalah as understood by Habad and its Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. I found that in reading this wonderful book that I could only read a page and a half or two per night, as it was so deep and needed a great deal of concentration to mine the depths of what Professor Wolfson was writing. While one might think that the Rebbe was a great exponent of authentic Jewish orthodoxy, Wolfson, a master of ancient Asian religion and culture shows that in order to understand the Rebbe's teachings on Messianism and Mysticism, one best understand Mahayana Buddhism. Enough said. This book is a fabulous, but difficult read, well worth the time and effort.

Xcorn
informative about the Rebbe, and also some of th emore interior aspects of Judaism. did find that i don't know the meanings of quite a few words the author uses-perhaps they are the usual within college philosophy circles, but still was able to get the general gist of what the Rebbe is trying to teach.

Wel
Excellent book.

May be difficult to read sometimes, but it’s worth the while!

Brazil
well done

Akisame
I've taught in the Religion Department of a highly-regarded liberal arts college for 23 years, and over that period have fought a constant uphill battle in my own teaching to avoid watering down material for students. This past semester, in a course on Jewish messianism, I decided to assign "Open Secret," a brilliant book that I myself was struggling through, in an attempt to puzzle out its thesis together with my advanced students.

I am rarely surprised by the intelligence and perspicacity of my students, indeed, I take it for granted. But I was truly amazed at how many in class really got into the book. We proceeded slowly and deeply and unpacked small enough chunks of Wolfson's thesis that they really got it. Earlier in the semester, we had discussed the idea of apophatic language--language that erases itself, like a person walking on a beach trailing a palm frond and obviating her footsteps--in relation to the Zohar, where the rose is and yet is not a rose, or a particular color is or is not that color (On apophasis generally, see "Mystical Languages of Unsaying" by Michael Anthony Sells). When Wolfson's language got tough (poetry can be difficult, as any English major knows) they pointed out to me the way in which the study itself was often couched in apophatic language that was performative or mimetic of the apophasis in the concepts themselves. As the title of this short review indicates, nothing truly good is easy, particularly when one speaks of concepts that are esoteric to begin with. This is a book worth going back to again and again in order to plumb its depths, which truly exist and which help counterbalance the heavily sociological approach generally taken with regard to Habad Hassidus with a true investigation of the "inside of the inside" of actual doctrine and theology. Kudos!

ZEr0
Professor Wolfson's Open Secret is thoroughly researched. Habad texts are typically lengthy, voluminous (thousands upon thousands of pages). Prof. Wolfson's successfully distilled these texts, setting forth a fascinating and clear exposition of Habad's approach to messianism. I enjoyed reading this book, and learned a couple of things along the way.

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