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Tzvee Zahavy

Professor at the University of Minnesota and at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, USA.

Email: zahavy@gmail.com


 

ARTICLES:

Varieties of Religious Visualizations

Issue: 10 (The tenth issue)
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.


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