Vital, Chaim ben-Joseph

(1542–1620)
   Cabbalist. Vital was the leading disciple of Isaac LURIA (the Ari), whom he joined in Safad in 1570. His major aim was to see that his version of Luria’s oral teachings should be accepted as the only authentic one. Vital moved to Jerusalem in 1577, where he was the head of a rabbinical academy. Later, he settled in Damascus. Among his many works, most important are the voluminous ‘Gates of Life’, all his writings on Luria’s system, and ‘Gates of Holiness’, a guide to the development of esoteric faculties.

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