'The Palm Tree of Deborah'
(Tomer Deborah) is an ethical discourse devoted
to the doctrine of the imitation of the Almighty. This work,
first published in Venice in 1588, is a symbiosis of Kabbalah
and classic Jewish ethics. It was penned by the Kabbalist
and Talmudist, the Spanish rabbi of Ottoman Safed, Hakham
Moshe Kordovero, an authority and intellectual well versed
in Judeo-Arabic philosophy.
In his book, Kordovero proceeds systematically
through the various known attributes of God and explains how
we as humans can work on improving ourselves by imitating
those attributes to the best of our ability. The
book was named after the Book of Judges 4:5: As
she sat under the palm-tree of Deborah between Ramah and Beth-El
in the hill-country of Ephraim; and the children of Israel
came up to her for judgment.