Author: jdlockwood

Cantors and “performativity”

In the kabbalistic teachings of Rabbi Isaac Luria (1534-1572) mystical adepts are described as having theurgic powers; prayers function in a way that has an external impact in the non-earthly spiritual dimension. In Luria’s mystical reinterpretation of Jewish ritual life, prayer is imagined as a system of powerfully efficacious formulas that enact change in the divine realm. Luria’s doctrine concerning… Read more →

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