Vital, ḥayyim ben Joseph

views updated May 17 2018

Vital, Ḥayyim ben Joseph (1542–1620). Jewish kabbalist. Vital was the principal student of Isaac Luria in Safed and arranged and elaborated on his teachings. Ez ha-Ḥayyim (Tree of life) is a record of these teachings, and this was re-edited by his son and circulated under the title Shemonah Sheʿarim (Eight Gates). Vital also produced an autobiography (Sefer ha-Hezyonot, Book of Visions), commentaries on the Talmud, volumes of sermons, a commentary on the Zohar, and various halakhic responsa. As the chief formulator of the Lurianic kabbalah, he was an important influence on the development of later Jewish mysticism.

ḥayyim Vital

views updated May 09 2018

Ḥayyim Vital (Jewish kabbalist): see VITAL, ḤAYYIM.

About this article

Hayyim Vital

All Sources -
Updated Aug 08 2016 About content Print Topic