Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “The initial revelation at Mount Sinai was holy in such a way that it could never be shaken off”.

 

Rabbi Steinsaltz writes:

Jewish mysticism never really became a separate domain of spiritual life outside the religious tradition.

This may be due to the fact that the initial revelation at Mount Sinai was holy in such a way that it could never be shaken off.

The Torah scriptures, at all levels of their composition, from the Bible to the Talmud and the latest commentaries of the sages, succeeded in retaining and elaborating this experience so profoundly that there was not much room for an emotional mysticism, either private or cultic, to develop on its own, outside of the established religious form. 

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

 

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