Perfected state of oligarchy
Saturday, 11 February 2017 at 20:55
The impact of Lurianic kabbalah was multi-layered, and socio-political in essence.
Isaac Luria (1534–1572) took his followers on a metaphorical journey of Platonic, Eleusian divine light, creation and fall, that left mankind with a neo-chivalric quest for redemption and return to divine perfection. This was ‘secret’ knowledge; a revamped gnosticism.
In the mystical language of gnosticism, Luria wrote down an allegory of exile and return for the Marrano Jews.
From what were the Jews exiled? Not Palestine for a start.
The great and significant exile was from the Renaissance states that were attempting to gain control of their economic destinies, within newly established national borders.
To what did the Jews long to return? To a borderless world of unimpeded trade - sharing the spoils of serf-produced surplus with the landholding nobility and Venetian bankers.
Tikkun was the allegorised process of return.
Ein Sof was the hoped-for perfected state of oligarchy.
© John Dunn.