Sabba de-Mishpatim: Love and Reincarnation

Pinchas Giller

in Reading the Zohar

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780195118490
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848874 | DOI:
Sabba de-Mishpatim: Love and Reincarnation

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This chapter analyses the composition of Sabba de Mishpatim, with its romantic mise-en-scene and bold doctrine of the soul and reincarnation. Detailing the descent of the soul and the travails that it endures in the course of its incarnation in the present world, it is filled with an overwhelming erotic pain, exploring themes of alienation and dislocation, illegitimacy, conversion, childlessness, and divorce. Although that text allows for reincarnation only in limited, specific instances, attempts were made to locate the origin of the reincarnation tradition in Sabba de—Mishpatim, during the Safed renaissance.

Keywords: Sabba de—Mishpatim; alienation; reincarnation; Safed renaissance

Chapter.  18194 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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