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(communion) is the Hebrew term for adherence to or communion with God, which was used by Jewish kabbalists (Kabbalah), pietists, and teachers of the modern Hasidic movement (Hasidism) to indicate the maximal proximity to God that can be obtained by a mystic. Often used as an equivalent to the Latin unio mystica . The term is used for the relation between the divine powers (the sefirot), but mainly for the process of ascension of the human soul. The subject of human devequt is often the feminine power in the divine world, the Shekhinah, and the union sometimes has sexual…

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Dan, Joseph, “Devequt”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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