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See also Daniel Matt, "TheMysticandthe Mitzwot,"in JewishSpirituality from theBible ThroughtheMiddleAges, ed. ArthurGreen(New York:Crossroad,1988),p. On the otherhand,Bahyaseems to representa distinctivestreamwithinthis circlefromthirteenth-century ProvenceandSpain, beginningwith Azriel of Gerona,who authoredthe text Sod Ha-Korban,or even his teacher Isaac the Blind (fromwhom Bahyagot the traditionabout"my korban,my bread,my fire," accordingto E. Gottlieb,Ha-Kabalahbe-KhitveRabenuBahya(n. 49 above),andthe authors of the zoharicliterature,who emphasizedthe languageof biblicalsacrificein theirkabbalah.

Isaac seem more interestedin name-callingthanactualmurder:ammeiha-aretzare beasts,dogs, donkeys, andravenouslions. "Twothingsdistinguishbeastsfromhumanbeingshere:(1) beastsarepotentialfood, peoplearenot, and(2) peoplehaveknowledge,that is, Torah,and beasts do not. "Thatis probablywhy R. "46 45. As R. Hiyyataught,"All who engagein Torahin frontof an am ha-aretz,it as if they cohabitedwith his betrothedin his presence.. Pesah49b). 46. In fact,this is how R. IsaiahHorowitzunderstands thisbaraitain ShnayLuhotHa-Brit, albeitprobablythroughthe kabbalisticlens of R.

92; idem, Sefer Ta'ameiHa-Mitzvot,pt. 1, ed. D. , BrandeisUniversity, 1974), pp. 309-310; Sefer Ha-Kanah (Cracow,1894), pp. 66a, 119b, 129a, 131a, 132a, cited and discussedby Hecker,Each Man Ate an Angel'sMeal, p. 123, n. 74; pp. 310-311, n. 2. In otherwords,the Torahscholar's properslaughterandeatingtransformsthe animalsoul of the meatinto a higher,rationalsoul. As Hecker(EachManAtean Angel'sMeal,p. 123,n. See also Daniel Matt, "TheMysticandthe Mitzwot,"in JewishSpirituality from theBible ThroughtheMiddleAges, ed.

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