Sefer Yetzirah: Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Earliest Extant Work on Jewish Mysticism that Was Mentioned in the Talmud by Mari Silva
Considered the foundational document of Kabbalah, the Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Foundation) is both esoteric and revolutionary. Its influence on both mystical and traditional thinking in Judaism is inestimable in the commentaries and other writings it’s instigated over many centuries.
Sefer Yetzirah is no longer the province of mystics only. Today, it holds a pivotal place in Jewish Theology. As the primary source (with Sefer ha-Bahir) to present the sefirot as the emanations of God, its Creation narrative is realized through the minds of centuries of sages, coming down to us in the voice of this fascinating document.
In this book, you’ll discover the presence of Oral Torah through Jewish history and how it interacts with works like Sefer Yetzirah. You’ll discover the books of Mishnah and Gemara in Talmud and the intersections of these sources and commentaries about them.
The two Talmuds – Babylonian and Jerusalem – will also be discussed. All this, to better understand the world of Sefer Yetzirah and what it means within its twin frameworks of oral and written Torah and Kabbalah.
Year first published: 2021