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Eitan P. Fishbane
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Los Angeles, CA 90007-3717)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2004 – 8/31/2004

Techniques of Mystical Practice: Isaac of Acre and Kabbalistic Contemplation in the 14th Century

The primary aim of this study is to present a typology of contemplative and meditative techniques as they were outlined and understood by a fourteenth century Jewish kabbalist. I am particularly interested in the mystic’s representation of internal states of devotion and prayer â€" of the place accorded to intention and focus in medieval Jewish mysticism. In studying these practices as modalities of ritual, I shall also seek to clarify the manner in which the Jewish mystic articulates a language of the self (insofar as he testifies to personal experience) while simultaneously attempting to situate these practices within an authoritative line of reception and pedagogical transmission.