In Mystery of Black Fire, White Fire, author Bruce Friedman uses this thought as a springboard for a discussion of the commonalities existing between these two realms, particularly with regard to cosmology and the origins of the universe.
Author: Bruce Friedman
Faith forms the foundation of both science and religion. In Mystery of Black Fire, White Fire, author Bruce Friedman uses this thought as a springboard for a discussion of the commonalities existing between these two realms, particularly with regard to cosmology and the origins of the universe. Mystery of Black Fire, White Fire provides a contemplation of the Creation and begins by offering an understanding of the basic principles of both Judaism and science. The mysticism of kabbalah with its inclusion of creation from nothing among its other features is found to grapple with issues that science could only start to properly address in the twentieth century. Combining the tools and knowledge of science with those of Judaism, Friedman shows that new avenues of thought and revelation can be found. But he also communicates that with all of the resources of science and religion available to humanity, the resolution of the basic mystery of creation, with which kabbalah concerns itself, remains elusive. Praise for Mystery of Black Fire, White Fire What has Athens to do with Jerusalem? a writer of antiquity famously asked. Or as we might put it today, what has modern science to do with the Torah? This fascinating and erudite book, combining great scientific and theological sophistication, gives us the answer. Stephen M. Barr, physics professor at the University of Delaware and author of Modern Physics and Ancient Faith
James claimed that Sokrates , Plato , and nearly every other learned Greek were
initiates in a mystical order from which they had learned — and subsequently
pilfered — the secret wisdom of Egypt's priests . This wisdom included
Author: Richard Poe
Publisher: Prima Lifestyles
Columbus Discovered America . . . But Who Discovered Europe? Were the ancient Egyptians black? Did Egyptian explorers land in Greece some 4,000 years ago? Did they plant colonies, establish royal houses, and bring civilization to Europe’s savage tribes? Did the secret rites of their temple cults later resurface among the Knights Templar and the Freemasons? In Black Spark, White Fire, Richard Poe provides startling answers to these questions and more. “Brilliant. . . . Poe has produced a classic volume . . . splendid in its conception and powerful in its execution—a major work.”—Molefi Kete Asante, author of The Afrocentric Idea “Superb. . . . I am convinced that within 20 years Richard Poe’s views will be seen as closer to the historical truth than those of the present defenders of the status quo. The book is clear, well-written, and hard to put down. While we disagree on a number of issues, Black Spark, White Fire is the popular book that I am incapable of writing.”—Martin Bernal, author of Black Athena “It is refreshing to hear the Afrocentric theory of ancient Egypt argued so persuasively, from a viewpoint that is neither liberal nor conservative, black nor white.”—Armstrong Williams, syndicated columnist and TV talk show host
... as a mere scribe who copied the ancient, divine Pentateuch text—written in “
black fire upon white fire”—word for word, ... But the secret (sod) of the issue is
that the matters are twofold in meaning, for the Garden of Eden, and the four
Author: Mordechai Z. Cohen
Publisher: Jewish Culture and Contexts
Adopting a comparative approach that explores Jewish interactions with Muslim and Christian learning, Mordechai Z. Cohen sheds new light on the key turns in the vibrant medieval tradition of Jewish Bible interpretation, which yielded a conception of peshat exegesis that remains a gold standard in Jewish hermeneutics to this day.
The Mysteries Revealed David Meisels, Daṿid Dov Maizlish. The black boxes
allude to the Torah itself , for the Torah was written with black fire on white fire (
see Rashi , Devarim 33 : 2 ) . ( Tzioni , Bo ) R ' Yitzchak said : That the straps of
Author: David Meisels
Publisher: Israel Book Shop
A Bar Mitzvah at the age of thirteen is a once in a lifetime event. The special significance of this time, the essence of what it means to be Bar Mitzvah, and the rewards and responsibilities that come with it are all expounded upon in Bar Mitzvah & Tefillin Secrets.As the Bar Mitzvah boy steps over the threshold from childhood into adulthood, he is introduced to the Mitzvah of Tefillin. Thorough instruction at this crucial time in both the procedure, as well as the meaning of the mitzvah and the intentions one must have while wearing tefillin - will formulate the basis for a lifetime of proper mitzvah observance.Bar Mitzvah & Tefillin Secrets contains over 200 color photos that demonstrate exactly how and where the tefillin should be worn, as well as many other fascinating customs related to Bar Mitzvah and Tefillin.
R . Isaac said : The Torah was given as black fire upon white fire in order to
contain ( le ' akhlela ) the right in the left , so that ... 99 Finally , the very object of
revelation , the Torah , embodies the mystery of the left being contained in the
Author: Elliot R. Wolfson
Publisher: Oneworld Publications Limited
Renowned as one of the world’s most astute interpreters of Kabbalistic texts, Elliot Wolfson offers an illuminating and original presentation of Kabbalah. Combining its wisdom with Western philosophical heritage from Plato to Heidegger and beyond, synergy guides his elucidation of the fundamentals of Jewish mysticism and shapes his taxonomy of Kabbalistic thought. A deeply dialectical thinker, Wolfson holds seemingly paradoxical tenets in tandem: Medieval Judaism and American modernity; the ‘tradition’ of Kabbalah and postmodern philosophy; sexual body and human spirit; ontological truth and religious imagination; revelation and occultation; good and evil; left and right – none of these, he writes, are diametrically opposite. Rather, they are dialectical poles with which to think and through which to intuit, tools to gaining a deeper understanding of the Jewish mystical tradition and its meaning for the twenty-first century. An insightful collection of seminal essays written between 1986 and 1998, Luminal Darkness reveals the unmistakably poetic nature of this important scholar’s creative process, and delineates the evolution of his thinking on the role and importance of the Zohar in Kabbalistic tradition. Author Elliot R. Wolfson is the Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew Studies at New York University. He is currently the Editor of the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy and the author of several award-winning books on Jewish mysticism and the Kabbalah.
Darkness is black fire , potent in color ; red fire , potent in appearance ; green fire
, potent in shape ; white fire , embracing all . 92 Darkness ... 93 This is the
mystery of : His eyes were too dim to see , and he called Esau . . . ( Genesis 27 : 1
Author: Daniel Chanan Matt
The Zohar is a mystical commentary on the Torah that is the basis for Kabbalah. This is a difficult book to translate. Matt, who has taught Jewish mysticism at Stanford University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is working his way through the book, giving a comprehensive annotation that offers background and explanations of the text, both his own and those of other scholars.
All were there . The Torah , WHICH IS THE SECRET OF THE CENTRAL
COLUMN , was given with flaming fire , and all was of the side of fire , written by
white fire , OF THE SIDE OF CHESED , upon black fire , OF THE SIDE OF
Author: Simeon bar Yoḥai
"Zohar is a Hebrew word that means "splendor." In its simplest form, the Zohar is a commentary on the Bible, structured as conversations among a group of friends, scholars, and spiritual masters ... the text of the Zohar was composed approximately 2000 years ago."--Brochure.
However , it should be in the manner I have mentioned previously , black fire on
white fire , and sometimes , as above ... the mystery of the foot is explained in the
section ' The Intentions of Hanukah ' , * that regel has the numerical value of the ...
Author: Tsevi Hirsh (mi-Zidiṭshov)
Publisher: Littman Library of Jewish Civi
Turn Aside from Evil was written by Zevi Hirsch Eichenstein (1763-1831), a Hasidic master and skilled adept in Lurianic kabbalah, to guide his followers on how to live a saintly life. He discusses not only practical aspects of kabbalah but also how to conduct one's business affairs in a way compatible with a saintly life, and how such a way of life is in no way incompatible with enthusiasm for marital relations. Rabbi Dr Louis Jacob's lively translation gives the reader an insight into the thinking of a remarkable Hasidic master. His extensive introduction and detailed notes make kabbalistic ideas and imagery accessible and clarify the sources to which the author alludes.
The youth tries “ to peep in at the portholes , ” to discover its dark mystery and “
perhaps some gold guineas . ... dressed , with very black whiskers , and very
white teeth , and what I took to be a free , frank look out of a large hazel eye ” ( 15
Author: John B. Williams
Publisher: Univ Pub Assoc
White Fire challenges the critical tradition that for nearly half a century has celebrated the power of blackness in American literature. This tradition presents Herman Melville as investigating, then rejecting the optimistic vision of Ralph Waldo Emerson because he lacked a viable sense of evil. Williams digs beneath the obvious contrasts between these two great contemporaries, asking three questions about their relationship: What was Emerson actually saying at the time Melville was serving his literary apprenticeship? How much did Melville know of Emerson's provocative thought? What use did Melville make of ideas and images that Emerson, more than any other contemporary, espoused? In his findings, Williams views Melville as far less the independent critic of Emerson that modern critics have described and far more the responsive artist and opportunist, absorbing images and ideas from the most readily available sources and transforming them into art.