Rabbi Elazar, Son of Rabbi Shimon: Transformation from Misanthropic Ascetic to Humanitarian
25 Pages Posted: 16 May 2018
Date Written: May 2, 2018
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
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