"Practical Kabbalah" and the jewish tradition of magic

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This article deals with the Jewish tradition of magic and its relationship with Kabbalah. 1 It begins by clarifying internal and external views of magic in Judaism, the place of "Kabbalah" and "kabbalists" in the traditional Jewish discourse of ritual power, and the role of "practical Kabbalah" in Israel's market of New Age spiritual therapies. The focus is on the mutual relationships between the conceptual and performative foundations of Jewish magic practice and Kabbalah, as well as on Kabbalah's actual influence on the Jewish tradition of magic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-82
Number of pages45
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Jewish magic
  • Kabbalah
  • Kabbalah of names
  • holy names
  • practical Kabbalah

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy


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