By R. J. Zwi Werblowsky
Joseph Karo (1488-1575) used to be one of many maximum figures of rabbinic Judaism and the writer of the Shulhn Arukh, the normal code of Jewish legislations. Like many different rabbinic ascetics, who might write on talmudic or kabbalistic matters but conscientiously hide their intimate mystical stories, Karo left a diary, Maggid Mesharim, recording the messages that he got from a celestial mentor. As Karo was once a number one member of the Safed circle that integrated Solomon Alkabets and Moses Cordovero, his diary yeilds new insights into the realm of sixteenth-century pre-Lurianic kabbalism.
In this magisterial learn R. J. Zwi Werblowski examines the arguable diary. He additionally describes Joseph Karo's lifestyles and instances. chiefly, although, it's the mental curiosity of Maggid Meshrim which makes it an enormous resource for our wisdom of the kinds of mystical lifestyles cultivated in rabbinic circles. With consummate ability and studying, Professor Werblowsky explores this curiosity to supply a robust portrait of mystic piety as practiced by means of a most advantageous rabbinic authority.