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Kaballah in Mantua

Philosophical writings from the Kabbalistic movement in Safed had long reached Italy by the 16th century exerting an influence on some Italian kabbalists and their writings who interpreted them in their own way giving the movement a different emphasis. 

Kabbalah seeks to define the nature of the universe and the human being, the nature and purpose of existence providing an inner mystical meaning. The most famous work of kabbalah – the Zohar – the foundation of Jewish mystical thought – first revealed in the 13th century by Moses de Leon and first printed editions were made in Mantua in the mid 1550s.

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