Moses ben Jacob Cordovero, one of the most profound and systematic exponents of the teachings of the Zohar and a leading figure in the circle of mystics for which sixteenth-century Safed in Palestine was renowned, was born in 1522 and died at the age of 48, in 1570. The little book Tomer Devorah is an ethical treatise devoted to the doctrine of the Imitation of God. The book was first published in Venice in 1588.

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