Rabbi Elazar, Son of Rabbi Shimon: Transformation from Misanthropic Ascetic to Humanitarian

25 Pages Posted: 16 May 2018

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: May 2, 2018

Abstract

Talmudic stories are a method used by the ancient sages to teach us about ethics and morality. This paper examines the life of Rabbi Elazar, son of Rabbi Shimon b. Yochai. The most important and famous work of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), the Zohar, is attributed to Rabbi Shimon (with some assistance from his son) when living in a cave for 13 years. The Talmudic stories demonstrate Rabbi Elazar’s transformation from a misanthropic ascetic to a humanitarian willing to suffer for others.

Keywords: Talmud, Talmudic stories, Shimon Bar Yochai, Elazar B. Shimon, Kabbalah, Ba'al Shem Tov, Chassidim

JEL Classification: B11, J50, M12, M14, M54

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H., Rabbi Elazar, Son of Rabbi Shimon: Transformation from Misanthropic Ascetic to Humanitarian (May 2, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3172302 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3172302

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