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Saturday, August 31 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Death, Destruction, and Despair Await: The Dangers of the Mystical Encounter

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With the popularization of kabbalah and meditation over the past two decades or so, the dangers inherent in mystical practice have widely been ignored. In this sessio,n we examine how Judaism traditionally has understood the dangers inherent in prying into secrets and then move to three events where mystical engagement led to destruction. These are: The story of the four sages who entered Pardes; Joseph Della Reina's (1418–1472) failure with his students to capture the king of demons in order to bring the Messiah; and the early death of Isaac Luria attributed in some traditions to his revealing secrets that should have remained hidden.

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Ed Queen

Director of the D. Abbott Turner Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, Emory University
Edward Queen is a faculty member at the Emory University Center for Ethics. An historian by training, Edward's avocational interests are the history of kabbalism, Jewish magic, Jerusalem, and esotericism. He is a long-time Limmudnik having been involved in Limmud Atlanta + Southeast from the beginning. He also is committed to ensuring that greater attention is paid to the history and contributions of Sephardic and Mizrachi Jews.

Saturday August 31, 2013 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Lakeside Dining