Hayyim Vital

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Safed Kabbalist (1542–1620), chief disciple of Isaac Luria, the Ari, whose teachings Vital propagated through his voluminous writings. In his youth Vital studied Talmud and Codes under the guidance of Moses Alsheikh who ordained him as a Rabbi. Vital began to study Kabbalah in 1562. At first Vital followed the Kabbalistic system of Moses Cordovero but when Luria arrived in Safed he studied the Lurianic system with Luria until the latter's death in 1572.

Vital's major work, Etz Hayyim (‘Tree of Life’, a pun on his name Hayyim) is a huge compendium in which he presents the Lurianic teachings or, rather, his own understanding of them.

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