There was a big conflict about the Hashkafa of Rambam.

But it seems that there was nothing to contradict the Arizal, as if everybody agreed with the fact that he learned with Elyahu, and so him being almost indisputable.

Is it true? Was it because the Kabbala was already "too much" popular in order to have real opposition?

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    The Rambam didn't claim divine revelation. When you claim that you immediately raise the stakes from regular machloket rishonim to potential outright heresy which makes it harder to have a productive dispute. Look at other claims of 'late' divine revelation and how disputes surrounding it quickly devolve to schisms (eg Mormons)
    – Double AA
    Aug 25, 2021 at 15:39
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    This isn't entirely true. Not everyone agreed with the mystical aspect of the Ari. Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh of Modena dedicated a chapter to him in his anti-Kabbalah book Ari Nohem and concluded that though the Ari was probably wise and pious, he certainly was not a mystic miracle-worker with ruach hakodesh.
    – Harel13
    Aug 25, 2021 at 17:03
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    Here is the chapter mentioned by @Harel13
    – Alex
    Aug 26, 2021 at 0:27
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    I remember seeing a story (don't remember where) that when the Arizal was learning by the Radvaz in Egypt there was some opposition from local Rabbanim to his teaching Kabbalah. They summoned him to a beis din, at which a strong feeling of pachad came over them, and they left him alone after that. This could just be a legend though.
    – N.T.
    Aug 26, 2021 at 5:37
  • First, what do you mean by "it seems", did you ask a couple of rabbis first? Second, contrary to Rambam, Arizal didn't touch the Halacha and basic Jewish theology, he dealt primarily with metaphysics. This wasn't a popular realm, so naturally, there was not much opposition.
    – Al Berko
    Aug 26, 2021 at 11:10


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