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devekut

(Hebrew: "attachment"), in Jewish religious thought, an adherence to or communion with God that stops short of mystical union. The notion of devequt apparently derived from the biblical reference to "loving the Lord your God, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him" (Deuteronomy 11:22). As a fundamental concept of the Jewish mystical system called the Kabbala, devequt was considered one of the three highest values of a mystic and, for some, was equated with ecstasy.

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