Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Festival of Masks, Looking at Text through Differing Personas

It's coming up to Purim, which comes from the word relating to 'casting lots', and a friend of mine sent me a link to a talk by Rabbi Hayyim Angel that takes a very different view of the Megillat Ester - the Scroll of the Story of Ester.

Apart from it being a very ineteresting view on the story of Purim, it also highlights that different ways of interpreting the scriptures is perfectly acceptable. It could become an issue if the outcome of the re-interpretation had legal implications, by that I mean affecting religious laws and customs.

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However, in an area such as the Kabbalah - there are many different ways and schools of thought to interpret scriptures and they are of equal validity. One example is the differences between the theosophic (focused on ten sefirot) Kabbalistic schools compared to the ecstatic (prophetic) Kabbalistic schools.

I guess that is one of the things that I don't understand about some Wester Mystery tradition books that I've come across. In a number of books the attribution of colours, planets, letters, precious stones etc to specific Sefirot is presented as definitive. Rather than presenting a variety of views & attributions as put forward by different Kabbalists over the centuries.