Heikhalot and Hasidism evidently do--What about Kabbalah?.
Possibility that Kabbalists underwent mystical experiences, but restrained themselves from writing about them.
"There is no mysticism as such, there is only the mysticism of a particular religious system."
Relationship between mysticism and religious orthodoxy (especially the legal tradition).
Was Biblical Prophecy a mystical experience?
Scholem's three-stage historical scheme for the appearance of mysticism:
Mysticism only arises out of "classical" ethical-institutional religion in order to "close the abyss."
Jewish Mysticism redefines traditional religious concepts, texts and observancves.
Mystical and esoteric reading of the Torah.
The question of religious language: Expressing the inexpressible.
Comparison with the philosophical-rationalist approach to the same question:
Mystical symbolism vs. philosophical metaphor and allegory:
How Kabbalah avoids absolute dualism:
- For philosophers, religious language is only a rough approximation of the metaphysical truth.
- A mystical symbol is a reality in its own right, language expresses metaphysical reality reflecting the Divine language.
--Ein Sof is above distinctions.
Tension between perception of Jewish mysticism as an ancient esoteric tradition and the desire to spread the teachings among the public.
Kabbalah as an outgrowth of and response to philosophical rationalism:
Kabbalah's success in providing rationales and cosmic importance for religious observance vs. Philosophy's failure.
- Justification for prayer.
- Acceptable, mythological accounting for reality of evil.
"Masculinity" of Kabbalah, vs.Differing feminine elements in God:
Strict Justice on "left" side (related to evil).
- Shekninah, beloved princess bride.