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Tangle of Matter & Ghost


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Preface: Shaul Magid

Chapter 1: Prelude: New Skin for Post-Secular Philosophy of Circum/fession

Chapter 2: On Exile As Redemption in (Canadian) Jewish Mysticism

Chapter 3: From Darkness, A Love of All This: Seeking Sacred in Post-Secular Song

Chapter 4: Tangle of Matter & Ghost: Objective Spirit & Non-Dual Reality

Chapter 5: A Question of Pure Consciousness in the Priestly Blessing of Love

Chapter 6: Amen to American Agnosticism

Chapter 7: Nothing as Whole as a Broken Middle Matzah

Chapter 8: Falling with Our Angels, So Human

Chapter 9: "An Appetite for Something Like Religion": Unbinding the Binding of Isaac, Jesus Christ & Joan of Arc through Zen

Chapter 10: Standing Where There Used to Be a Street: 9/11 Post-Secularism & Sacred Song

Chapter 11: Never Mind this Neuzeit, Here's Kaddish: Between the Nameless & the Name

Chapter 12: Coda: A Philosophy of Post-Secular Song in Light of Piyyut as a Cultural Lens

Postface: Elliot R. Wolfson

About the Author

Aubrey L. Glazer, Ph.D. (University of Toronto) is rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom, San Francisco. His latest books dedicated to exploring Jewish philosophy in different contexts: Mystical Vertigo: Kabbalistic Hebrew Poetry Dancing Cross the Divide (Academic Studies Press, 2013) and A New Physiognomy of Jewish Thinking: Critical Theory After Adorno as Applied to Jewish Thought (Continuum, 2011) recently translated into Hebrew (Resling Press, 2015).


"Weaving an intertextilic elixir of the sacred and the secular of both religious hermeneutics and contemporary cultural theory, Glazer's formidable Tangle of Matter and Ghost is a pioneering study of how Cohen, as Canadian kabbalist buddhist, saint, mystic poet, a prophet with priestly lineage, helps us realize that the Shekhina is indeed dwelling inside and between every letter. Establishing an alchemic cirqumfrission, it compellingly cuts into all that is connected and cracked, rigorously detailing how and where the light gets in."--Adeena Karasick, Professor of Global Literature, St. John's University, New York, award-winning author of seven books of poetry, including most recently, Amuse Bouche: Tasty Treats for the Mouth (Talonbooks, 2009)

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