The concept of Ruach Raah in contemporary rabbinic responsa (19452000) Possible Relations between Knowledge of the Phys
Leon Mock, "The concept of Ruach Raah in contemporary rabbinic responsa (19452000): Possible Relations between Knowledge of the Phys"
English | ISBN: 3110699788 | 2021 | 390 pages | EPUB, PDF | 2 MB + 1178 KB
The concept of 'Ruakh Ra'ah' (Evil Spirit), is extremely rare in the Tanach, but is found much more frequently in post-Biblical rabbinic literature and even more in publications by rabbis of the last two centuries. This study focuses on the quite neglected period of responsa literature after the Second World War until the present. This literature consist fo answers given to questions about religious rules. The notion of the 'evil spirit' is strongly connected to the ritual of washing hands in the morning, but also before a meal, in connection with sexual relations and with visiting a graveyard. The washing of hands is supposed to be necessary to ward off bad influences. This ritual can be understood in between mysticism, gender studies, magic and embodied religion.
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