Moses Cordovero


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Safed Kabbalist (1522–70) whose family probably came from Cordoba in Spain. Cordovero was a disciple of Joseph Karo in Talmudic and Halakhic studies and of his brother-in-law, Solomon Alkabetz, in the Kabbalah, in which subject he soon became the acknowledged master of all the Safed Kabbalists. Cordovero's literary output was amazing. The Kabbalists were fond of saying that he wrote by ‘conjuration of the pen’, that is, by means of magic power in which the pen seemed to write effortlessly and automatically. Cordovero wrote his magnum opus, the Pardes Rimmonim (‘Orchard of Pomegranates’) at the age of 27!

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

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