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The Four Who Entered the Pardes

I. Mishna Hagigah  2:1 (Introduction to Restricted/Protected Information)

II. Tosephta Hagigah 2:1-7 (Elaboration of Mishnah Hagigah 2:1)

A. The Term "Pardes"
B.  Short Bios of Four Rabbis who Entered
C. Four Tosephta Verses
D. A Possible Erotic Reading of the Tosephta Narrative
E. The Acronym "PaRDeS"
F. Additional Aher Stories

III. Palestinian Talmud Hagigah 9a

IV. Babylonian Talmud Hagigah 14b-15a

V.  Heikhalot Zutarti

VI. Zohar I: 26b

VII. Tikunei Zohar: Tikun 40

A. Rabbi Moses Cordovero

VIII. Medieval Commentaries

IX. Ascension of Paul

X. Hasidic Perspectives

XI. Modern Reworkings



Wed, April 8 2020 14 Nisan 5780