Maharal of Prague
An original Jewish thinker, influential far beyond the golem he created.
There is a strong mystical tinge to Maharal's thought. He was obviously influenced by the Kabbalah but formulates his thought in such a way that his theories are presented in his own style without any direct reference to Kabbalistic terminology.
His presentation in his voluminous works is far from systematic and it is often difficult to see the wood for the trees. This probably accounts for the comparative neglect of this original thinker.
In the Przysucha school of Hasidism the writings of Maharal were highly regarded because they provided an unusual blend of both the mystical and the philosophical approaches to Judaism.
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