By Elliot R. Wolfson
This e-book explores the elemental concerns in Jewish mysticism and gives a taxonomy of the deep buildings of proposal that emerge from the texts.
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7:89). Jacob is called small, because the cherubim are smallfaced .... Since the face of man is Jacob who is engraved on the throne, the word Jadam is [in the consonants] at the end of these words, kisse J khavod marom, "0 throne of glory exalted from of old" (Jer. 17:12) as well as we-khisse J khavod yanhilem, "granting them seats of honor" (1 Sam 2:8). Thus, the image of man goes with all the countenances, for it is written, "For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself" (Ps. 135:4), and it is written, "Jacob His own allotment" (Deut.
She is called small (qatan) on account of Jacob who is Israel, and the moon draws the name Jacob to her and unites with it, and the moon sits next to the creature. This is [the meaning of the expression] "its dwelling" (rnekhon shivtah). " All this is by way of parable and secret (derekh rnashal we-sod). 1% It is reasonable to assume that Judah ben Yaqar was influenced directly by German Pietistic traditions or a shared source that expanded upon the relevant Hekhalot passages l97: in the teaching of Judah ben Yaqar, as in the case of Eleazar of Worms as will be seen below, the image of Jacob is a feminine form that is engraved upon the moon and upon the throne of glory.
Thus, for example, let us consider the following passage in the latter's JOr ha-Sekhel: THE IMAGE OF JACOB 21 The secret of "And [the angel of God] moved" (Exod. 14:19), he is the end even though he is the beginning. The secret is that he is the end of the angels, but he is still the beginning. He alone is the angel (malJakh) who is called by the name of God (ha-Jelohim). This is the secret of the "jealous God" ( JeI qanna J) and he comprises the seven sefirot of the name (zayyin sefirot ha-shem).
Along the Path: Studies in Kabbalistic Myth, Symbolism, and Hermeneutics by Elliot R. Wolfson