:Shamanic Hasidism

in Shamanic Trance in Modern Kabbalah

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780226282077
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226282060 | DOI:
:Shamanic Hasidism

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This chapter concentrates on writings composed in the schools branching off from the court of the Seer of Lublin, whose shamanic trance states are identified in frequent hagiographies, and also addresses the central issues of falling and fire, as well as the question of magic. The role of nefilat appayim in Hasidic practice is evaluated. It is noted that the close link between trance and nefilat appayim was an ongoing theme in the writings of modern European kabbalists. Fire plays a central role in the Hasidic experience of language. There has been an increase in integrating magical elements in the history of Kabbalah in order to specify their place in Hasidism. The most vital expression of Hasidic magic was the classical shamanic function of healing. Magical healing was part of the practice of most of the figures, such as R. Menahem Mendel, R. Meir Ha-Levi Rotenberg, and R. Ya'aqov Wazana.

Keywords: shamanic trance; Hasidic magic; falling; fire; nefilat appayim; Hasidic practice; Seer of Lublin; Kabbalah; Hasidism; magical healing

Chapter.  10570 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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