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Roads to UtopiaThe Walking Stories of the Zohar$
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David Greenstein

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804788335

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804788335.001.0001

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The Dregs of Tar

The Dregs of Tar

(p.13) Chapter 1 The Dregs of Tar
Roads to Utopia

David Greenstein

Stanford University Press

Analysis of a walking story reveals a contradiction between the Zohar's mystical theory and the actual practice of Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai (Rashbi) and his disciples. On the one hand, the Zohar urges the mystical seeker to stay home with his wife in order to effect union with Shekhinah. But, on the other hand, Rashbi and the Companions are ever walking on the road, away from home.

Keywords:   Shekhinah, home, male/female, arousal, union, Upper (world), Lower (world), fellowship, Companions, walking

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