In a new book, read my essay, Varieties of Religious Visualization

A Legacy of Learning: Essays in Honor of ... (Brill Reference Library of Judaism.) has been shipped and will soon be available to the public. My essay is in the book.

My contribution is Varieties of Religious Visualizations by Tzvee Zahavy
In this paper, I describe several distinct visualizations that I recognize in Jewish prayers. By the term prayers, I mean the texts recited by Jews in religious ritual contexts. By the term visualizations, I mean the formation of mental visual images of a place and time, of a narrative activity or scene, or of an inner disposition. The goals of the visualizations can include: (1) professed communication with God, articulation of common religious values for (2) personal satisfaction or for (3) the sake of social solidarity, or (4) attainment of altered inner emotional states or moods.

You may download the paper at Academia or at Halakhah.com.

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