Moses ben Jacob Cordovero

rabbi and cabalist in Ottoman Palestine

1522   -   1570

country of citizenship: Ottoman Empire
language of expression: Hebrew
occupation: theologian, rabbi
student of: Joseph ben Ephraim Karo

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Moses ben Jacob Cordovero (Hebrew: משה קורדובירו Moshe Kordovero ‎; 1522–1570) was a central figure in the historical development of Kabbalah, leader of a mystical school in 16th-century Safed, Ottoman Syria. He is known by the acronym the Ramak (Hebrew: רמ״ק). After the Medieval flourishing of Kabbalah, centered on the Zohar, attempts were made to give a complete intellectual system to its theology, such as by Meir ibn Gabbai. Influenced by the earlier success of Jewish philosophy in articulating a rational study of Jewish thought, Moshe Cordovero produced the first full integration of the previous differing schools in Kabbalistic interpretation. While he was a mystic inspired by the opaque imagery of the Zohar, Cordoverian Kabbalah utilised the conceptual framework of evolving cause and effect from the Infinite to the Finite in systemising Kabbalah, the method of philosophical style discourse he held most effective in describing a process that reflects sequential logic and coherence. His encyclopedic works became a central stage in the development of Kabbalah.Immediately after him in Safed, Isaac Luria articulated a subsequent system of Kabbalistic theology, with new supra-rational doctrines recasting previous Kabbalistic thought. While Lurianism displaced the Cordoverian scheme and became predominant in Judaism, its followers read Cordoverian works in harmony with their teachings. Where to them, Lurianism described the "World" of Rectification, Cordovero described the pre-Rectification World. Both articulations of the 16th century mystical Renaissance in Safed gave Kabbalah an intellectual prominence to rival Medieval Rationalism, whose social influence on Judaism had waned after the Expulsion from Spain.
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Tomer Devorah

Book written by the rabbi and kabbalist Moses Cordovero.

author: Moses ben Jacob Cordovero

Pardes Rimonim

Book dealing with the Kabbalah, it was written by the otoman rabbi Moses Cordovero.

author: Moses ben Jacob Cordovero


Or Yakar

Book of the rabbi and kabbalist Moses Cordovero.

author: Moses ben Jacob Cordovero

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