Revitalizing Torah Theology
Revitalizing Classical (non-Kabbalistic) Torah Theology
In the last few hundred years, it appears there has occurred an increasing emphasis on esoteric Kabbalistic theologies, theologies that most intelligent Jews cannot effectively comprehend. During this time certain classical (non-Kabbalistic) Torah theologies seem to have become neglected or sometimes even suppressed.
The Daf Yomi review website contains English translations with commentaries of all the “shaarim” (Gates) of the Torah classic Chovos HaLevavos (Duties of the Heart), written by Rabeinu Bahya ibn Paquda in the 11th century C.E.
The first gate of Chovos HaLevavos, known as Shaar HaYichud, contains a very clear and rational explanation of classical Torah theology. The English translation of Shaar HaYichud posted on the dafyomireview site also contains very useful translations of some of the major rabbinic commentaries written on Shaar HaYichud.
In my opinion the concepts explained in ShaarHaYichud are essential to understanding Torah theology and have not been superceded by later Kabbalistic writings.