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After Tau/ Where Eendings Begin

Elliot R. Wolfson

in Alef, Mem, Tau

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246195
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932319 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520246195.003.0005
After Tau/ Where Eendings Begin

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A zoharic text correlates death and truth through the insight that tau, the last letter of the alphabet, seals both the words mawet, “death,” and emet, “truth.” Death opens consciousness to the moment that escapes objectification and thematization, a moment that may be rendered poetically as confrontation with the face, which is most fully visible when it can be seen no more. The apparent migration at death from being to not-being should not be understood as a transition from one state to its opposite but as a suspension of the very possibility of such a transition. It can be deduced from the zoharic text the epistemic axiom that death reveals the truthfulness of time by concealing the timeliness of truth. The midrashic text's exegetical framework highlights that the trinitarian nature of time is ontologically grounded in the truthfulness of God's seal, YHWH.

Keywords: zoharic text; God's seal; tau; midrashic text; bahiric text

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Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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