Jewish Mysticism

Beginning next week, I will be teaching a special six-week foundation course for the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI) on Jewish Mysticism that will give an academic approach to an important form of Jewish spirituality.

Mysticism plays an important role within Jewish literature and tradition. This class will explore chronologically the roots of Jewish mysticism in the Tanakh; its emergence in apocryphal and extra-biblical literature in the Second Temple period; ecstatic visions and utterances in the New Testament; early rabbinic approaches to secret knowledge; late antique traditions of heavenly ascent and magical power (especially Heikhalot literature); the emergence of Kabbalah in medieval Europe; and modern and pop-cultural forms of Jewish mysticism.

The class is open to anyone and begins Monday, October 29th. The class will be offered both online and onsite at the MJTI Interfaith Center in Los Angeles. The cost is $105 to audit, or $150 for credit. This is the last week to sign up for the class.

View the syllabus here:

Click here to Register now!

And further information can be directed to the MJTI Registrar at

Hope you can join us for this exciting class!

About Rabbi Joshua

I'm a Rabbi, writer, thinker, mountain biker, father and husband ... not necessarily in that order. According to my wife, however, I'm just a big nerd. I have degrees in dead languages and ancient stuff. I have studied in various Jewish institutions, including an Orthodox yeshiva in Europe. I get in trouble for making friends with perfect strangers, and for standing on chairs to sing during Shabbos dinner. In addition to being the Senior Rabbi of Simchat Yisrael Messianic Synagogue in West Haven, CT, I write regularly for several publications and speak widely in congregations and conferences. My wife is a Southern-fried Jewish Beltway bandit and a smokin' hot human rights attorney... and please don’t take offense if I dump Tabasco sauce on your cooking.
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1 Response to Jewish Mysticism

  1. Bonnee Caplan says:

    I wish I could follow all of your classes, from my home, but I just don’t have the money! I am disabled and making it from month to month with food gets really interesting. Looked at your class syllabus and think the class would be wonderful! Thank you Rabbi for offering such an opportunity.

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