The following lectures by the foremost contemporary Israeli scholar Moshe Idel (a student of the late prof. Sholomo Pines) on Jewish philosophy and Kabbalah have been forwarded to me. They were originally taken it from the Net but the URL in question is no longer valid. [regarding the source of these lectures, Richard Brzustowicz remembers Idel material being posted to the usenet newsgroup alt.magick some years ago by the person who made the report -- LeGrand Cinq-Mars]. Because there does not appear to be a copyright issue involved here (re which see below) and because this material is so interesting, I decided to repost it on my own site.
M.Alan Kazlev (Webmaster)
This is a report on a series of lectures given by Moshe Idel at the University of Washington (Seattle) about a year ago. I have divided report into three posts, one for each lecture.
These are not verbatim transcripts: they are summaries of the sort that might be made by anyone from notes made during the lecture. Not everything is included, and most of what Idel said is summarized. I have tried to indicate where I missed things, and what I missed. The initial material is from the flier that was passed out to everyone before the lectures.
Moshe Idel is in no way responsible for my reports of his lectures. I have done my best to be as accurate as I could. At the same time, I should hope that I'm not infringing on his copyright by reporting what he said. -- Such are the mysteries of the copyright law!
Pardes: the Quest for Spiritual Paradise in Judaism
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