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How-To: Magical and Kabbalistic Recipes

Ever wondered how people of the past tried to regulate their emotions or find solutions to complex problems, but in an efficient and available-to-all manner? One textual format persists throughout the ages and offers a glimpse into many ways in which people have confronted a variety of their problems and daily challenges: a recipe. You […]

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The Fallen Sukkah of Yitshak Eilenburg: From the Margins of an Early Modern Ashkenazi Kabbalistic Manuscript

“Alongside formal compositions, blanks spaces were used to record family histories, economic woes, and ritual practices. From the historian’s point of view, this means that even kabbalistic manuscripts – devoted to esoteric theological, cosmological, and ritual speculations – can be valuable sources for social and cultural history.”

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POSTPONED to 2022: Summer Workshop on Hebrew Manuscripts in Early Modern World

This event has been postponed to 2022! Save the date! We’re co-organising workshops on early modern Hebrew Mss with OCHJS at the Bodleian Library. First time in a new format, more info via: https://www.ochjs.ac.uk/summer-workshop-medieval-and-early-modern-hebrew-manuscript-studies/

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Kabbalah in Print: An Interview with the Author

“One main development in the study of Kabbalah in the age of print is the emphasis on pedagogical consideration concerning how Kabbalah should be taught, interpreted, and assimilated. The availability of kabbalistic ideas and teachings in printed texts rendered the role of a kabbalistic master secondary and emphasised the reader’s direct access to Jewish esoteric wisdom facilitating self-study. Jews who did not belong to elite rabbinic circles could build their own libraries of kabbalistic works, however limited or small, and study Kabbalah on their own or in the company of others.”

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Workshop: Recipes and Recipe Books Across Manuscript Cultures

The Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC)  in cooperation with the DFG-Emmy Noether Research Group ‘Patterns of Knowledge Circulation’ (FU Berlin) cordially invites you to a workshop on  Recipes and Recipe Books Across Manuscript Cultures. Recipes are most generally associated with lists of ingredients, accompanied by a set of instruc- tions for their use. They have recently experienced a […]

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CfA: Graduate Student Working Group on “Knowledge, Material Texts, and Jewish History”

This international working group aims to be a forum for graduate students and early stage post-doctoral researchers who study the materiality of Jewish texts – for example, Hebrew manuscripts, printed Yiddish books, Iberian archival materials, or other artefacts – and the gamut of knowledges cultivated therein – from kabbalah to the natural sciences, from halakhic […]

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Writing on Hands: Practical and Kabbalistic Manual Devices

Agata Paluch Mapping the Hand: Not Only Maniculae The visual model of hands has been well recognised as a vital element of the medieval and early modern representation of abstract concepts and cognitive processes. It played an important role as a teaching device in a variety of subjects, from rhetoric to mathematics to music, being […]

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“Kabbalah and Knowledge Transfer in the Early Modern World” (Berlin, 9-10 July 2019)

Kabbalistic traditions in the early modern period have been mostly examined by previous generations of scholars along the historical lines of investigation defined by Gershom Scholem and his students. Only in the last generation, following Moshe Idel, have scholars become interested in new methodological approaches to study early modern kabbalah as a set of religious […]

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EAJS Conference “Kabbalah & Knowledge Transfer in the Early Modern World”

In the last few years the study of Kabbalah in the early modern period, including the complex histories of Lurianic tradition and its dispersion beyond its birthplace in Palestinian Safed, have become a rapidly growing field. As opposed to focusing solely on its theoretical or theological framework, scholars have become interested in new methodological approaches […]

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Practical Kabbalah and Practical Knowledge: Kabbalistic Manuals and Natural Knowledge in Early Modern East-Central Europe

Agata Paluch [First published: https://historyofknowledge.net/2019/04/11/practical-kabbalah-and-practical-knowledge-kabbalistic-manuals-and-natural-knowledge-in-early-modern-east-central-europe/ ] An impressive handwritten codex at the National Library of Israel embodies the intricacies and peculiarities of crafting, reading, and transmitting practical knowledge in early modern Jewish contexts. The volume, known today as manuscript NLI 8º 1070, was likely produced in the 1730s somewhere in the Polish territories. A variety […]

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DFG-Emmy Noether Research Group: “The Transmission and Reception of Jewish Esotericism in Manuscripts and Print in Early Modern East-Central Europe”

  Patterns of Knowledge Circulation is the Emmy Noether Research Group, founded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), based at the Department of Cultural and Historical Studies. It aims to explore how Jewish esoteric knowledge circulated throughout history in multiple moves of transmission and reception that took place in various social, cultural, and material contexts […]