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Rare Book Workshop: How many Kabbalists does it take to Redeem sparks broken by the Light Bulb?

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Rare Book Workshops: Themes and Variations in Jewish Printing and Book History.

The Jewish Public Library’s rare book workshop facilitators will share the research and stories that will telescope 500 years of Jewish books into 3-one hour sessions.

Presented by: Nicole Beaudry, Eddie Stone, and Eddie Paul

The Dr. Michael D. Paul Rare Books Initiative presents

How many Kabbalists does it take to Redeem sparks broken by the Light Bulb?

Jewish mystical texts evolved from of a small community in Safed but spread quickly across the Iberian peninsula and most of Europe. The Zohar, whose origins were cloudy for centuries, spawned commentaries, religious movements from within Judaism, the Sabbatian movement, the Hasidic movement, and internecine conflicts which found parallels in the history of Jewish print culture. This rare books workshop will look at several examples of kabbalistic and related texts from the rare books collection, including a copy of the Zohar with an unusual genealogy that links directly to the JPL.

As part of the ongoing Dr. Michael D. Paul Rare Books Initiative, the second in a series of themed rare books workshop where together, we’ll share some of the stranger and lesser-known narratives that form a part of Judaism’s gnostic travelogue through medieval and early modern history.

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