The Essential Kabbalah

The Essential Kabbalah
Author: Daniel C. Matt
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2010-10-12
ISBN 10: 0062048139
ISBN 13: 9780062048134
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Essential Kabbalah Book Review:

A translation of the Kabbalah for the layperson includes a compact presentation of each primary text and features a practical analysis and vital historical information that offer insight into the various aspects of Jewish mysticism.

The Essential Kabbalah

The Essential Kabbalah
Author: Daniel Chanan Matt
Publsiher: Book Sales
Total Pages: 221
Release: 1997
ISBN 10: 9780785808701
ISBN 13: 0785808701
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Essential Kabbalah Book Review:

Presents the primary texts of the Kabbalah with practical analysis and historical information.

The Essential Kabbalah

The Essential Kabbalah
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Citadel Press
Total Pages: 175
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 9780806527789
ISBN 13: 0806527781
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Essential Kabbalah Book Review:

The wisdom of the Kabbalah distilled to 175 pages. Mathers presents representative chapters from the Zohar (the 'Book of Splendour', which forms the main body of the Kabbalah), exploring topics as diverse as the nature of mankind's relationship with God; wisdom, reason and knowledge; restoring harmony to the world; and love, kindness and the knowledge of God. Traditionally reserved for scholars, this material is provided in a clear and accessible format that provides daily guidance both for scholars of the Kabbalah and for anyone seeking to address fundamental questions of life.

Essential Papers on Kabbalah

Essential Papers on Kabbalah
Author: Lawrence Fine
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 551
Release: 1995
ISBN 10: 0814726291
ISBN 13: 9780814726297
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Essential Papers on Kabbalah Book Review:

Occupied by Memory explores the memories of the first Palestinian intifada. Based on extensive interviews with members of the "intifada generation," those who were between 10 and 18 years old when the intifada began in 1987, the book provides a detailed look at the intifada memories of ordinary Palestinians. These personal stories are presented as part of a complex and politically charged discursive field through which young Palestinians are invested with meaning by scholars, politicians, journalists, and other observers. What emerges from their memories is a sense of a generation caught between a past that is simultaneously traumatic, empowering, and exciting—and a future that is perpetually uncertain. In this sense, Collins argues that understanding the stories and the struggles of the intifada generation is a key to understanding the ongoing state of emergency for the Palestinian people. The book will be of interest not only to scholars of the Middle East but also to those interested in nationalism, discourse analysis, social movements, and oral history.

The Essential Zohar

The Essential Zohar
Author: Rav P.S. Berg
Publsiher: Harmony
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2011-11-30
ISBN 10: 0676905137
ISBN 13: 9780676905137
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Essential Zohar Book Review:

For thousands of years, no book has been more shrouded in mystery than the Zohar, yet no book offers us greater wisdom. The central text of Kabbalah, the Zohar is a commentary on the Bible’s narratives, laws, and genealogies and a map of the spiritual landscape. In The Essential Zohar, the eminent kabbalist Rav P. S. Berg decodes its teachings on evil, redemption, human relationships, wealth and poverty, and other fundamental concerns from a practical, contemporary perspective. The Zohar and Kabbalah have traditionally been known as the world’s most esoteric sources of spiritual knowledge, but Rav Berg has dedicated his life to making this concentrated distillation of infinite wisdom available to people of all faiths so that we may use its principles to live each day in harmony with the divine.

God the Big Bang

God   the Big Bang
Author: Daniel Chanan Matt
Publsiher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Total Pages: 200
Release: 1998-02-01
ISBN 10: 1879045893
ISBN 13: 9781879045897
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

God the Big Bang Book Review:

Mysticism and science: What do they have in common? How can one enlighten the other? By drawing on modern cosmology and ancient Kabbalah, Matt shows how science and religion can together enrich our spiritual awareness and help us recover a sense of wonder and find our place in the universe. Drawing on the insights of physics and Jewish mysticism, Daniel Matt uncovers the sense of wonder and oneness that connects us with the universe and God. He describes in understandable terms the parallels between modern cosmology and ancient Kabbalah. He shows how science and religion together can enrich our spiritual understanding. We "embody the energy" of the big bang, writes Matt. Furthermore, "God is not somewhere else, hidden from us. God is right here hidden from us." To discover the presence of God, Matt draws on both science and theology, fact and belief, and on the truths embodied in Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity, as well as Judaism. A rich dialogue between the physical and the spiritual, God & the Big Bang takes us on a deeply personal, thoughtful and inspiring journey that helps us find our place in the universe--and the universe in ourselves.

Zohar

Zohar
Author: Daniel Chanan Matt
Publsiher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2002
ISBN 10: 1893361519
ISBN 13: 9781893361515
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Zohar Book Review:

Guides readers step-by-step through the texts that make up the Zohar and explains the inner meanings of this sacred text in a way that is both spiritually enlightening and intellectually fascinating.

Kabbalah for Beginners

Kabbalah for Beginners
Author: Michael Laitman
Publsiher: Laitman Kabbalah Publishers
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2004-01-01
ISBN 10: 097323153X
ISBN 13: 9780973231533
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kabbalah for Beginners Book Review:

The Kabbalist Rabbi Laitman, who was the student and personal assistant to Rabbi Baruch Ashlag from 1979-1991, follows in the footsteps of his rabbi in passing on the wisdom of Kabbalah to the world. This book is based on sources that were passed down by Rabbi Baruch's father, Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam), the author of 'the Sulam', the commentaries on The Book of Zohar, who continued the ways of the Ari and Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and many great Kabbalists throughout the generations before them. The goal of this book is to assist individuals in confronting the first stages of the spiritual realm. This unique method of study, which encourages sharing this wisdom with others, not only helps overcome the trials and tribulations of everyday life, but initiates a process in which individuals extend themselves beyond the standard limitations of today's world.

Practical Kabbalah

Practical Kabbalah
Author: Laibl Wolf
Publsiher: Harmony
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2010-05-19
ISBN 10: 0307559211
ISBN 13: 9780307559210
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Practical Kabbalah Book Review:

Kabbalah is an ancient Jewish wisdom that explains the laws of spiritual energy. Up until very recently the Kabbalah was reserved for the elite, those who only after years of scholarship and practice were allowed to enter this mystical realm. However, one doesn't need to devote one's life to intense study to reap the rich rewards of the Kabbalah. With just a basic understanding of a few key concepts, our lives can be enriched immensely. We can then begin to fulfill our deepest dreams and reach our most important goals, becoming the people we long to become. By learning to understand the Sefirot--the ten spiritual properties that flow from the cosmic source into our heart--we can connect to the universe and profoundly transform our experience of daily life. For example, Hessed, or "loving-kindness," represents the desire to be generous, while Gevurah is the desire to focus intently or withhold. These properties must be balanced in order for harmony and well-being to occur. Rabbi Laibl Wolf shows how to maintain that balance and enjoy a healthy and productive life by using simple meditation and creative visualization techniques to grasp the spiritual nature of our life. Practical Kabbalah draws upon ancient wisdom but offers a modern interpretation and easy-to-understand techniques for delving deeper into our selves and our world and for reaping the bounteous gifts that were always meant for us.

Introduction to the Kabbalah An

Introduction to the Kabbalah  An
Author: Mosheh ?alamish
Publsiher: SUNY Press
Total Pages: 379
Release: 2012-02-01
ISBN 10: 1438405553
ISBN 13: 9781438405551
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Introduction to the Kabbalah An Book Review:

Provides an introduction to the world of the Kabbalah, focusing on both the Kabbalist as a person and the major teachings of the Kabbalah.

Zohar Complete Set

Zohar Complete Set
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Zohar: The Pritzker Editions
Total Pages: 7792
Release: 2018-01-16
ISBN 10: 9781503605312
ISBN 13: 1503605310
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Zohar Complete Set Book Review:

The Zohar is a mystical commentary on the Torah that is the basis for Kabbalah. This is a difficult book to translate. Matt, who has taught Jewish mysticism at Stanford University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is working his way through the book, giving a comprehensive annotation that offers background and explanations of the text, both his own and those of other scholars.

Kabbalah for Beginners

Kabbalah for Beginners
Author: Brian Schachter
Publsiher: Rockridge Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2020-07-28
ISBN 10: 9781647390037
ISBN 13: 1647390036
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kabbalah for Beginners Book Review:

Gain a better understanding of the Kabbalah path to spiritual transformation and a deeper connection with the Jewish faith Coming from the Hebrew root that means "to receive," Kabbalah is known as the "inner" or "esoteric" dimension of Judaism. Kabbalah for Beginners is your introduction to a great spiritual tradition that will help you deepen your experience of the Divine through Kabbalistic portals into the Eternal Present. Divided into four categories: theosophical, ecstatic, Hasidic, and contemporary, this book explores everything including ancient concepts, core teachings, practices and traditions, and even misconceptions of Kabbalah. Written in a contemporary tone and point of view, this beginner's guide brings this ancient discipline into the here and now. In Kabbalah for Beginners you'll find: God is existence--The Kabbalist method is that God is not a being, not even the most supreme being, but is rather Being itself. What is Kabbalah--Get inspired by interspersed quotes from the Torah and frequent sidebars that highlight the Kabbalah's relevance to readers' experiences. Spirituality simplified--Learn through a clear straightforward language to bring intuitiveness to deep philosophical concepts. Discover a contemporary guide to this ancient wisdom and move toward spiritual transformation.

Jewish Magic before the Rise of Kabbalah

Jewish Magic before the Rise of Kabbalah
Author: Yuval Harari
Publsiher: Wayne State University Press
Total Pages: 604
Release: 2017-04-01
ISBN 10: 0814336310
ISBN 13: 9780814336311
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jewish Magic before the Rise of Kabbalah Book Review:

“Magic culture is certainly fascinating. But what is it? What, in fact, are magic writings, magic artifacts?” Originally published in Hebrew in 2010, Jewish Magic Before the Rise of Kabbalah is a comprehensive study of early Jewish magic focusing on three major topics: Jewish magic inventiveness, the conflict with the culture it reflects, and the scientific study of both. The first part of the book analyzes the essence of magic in general and Jewish magic in particular. The book begins with theories addressing the relationship of magic and religion in fields like comparative study of religion, sociology of religion, history, and cultural anthropology, and considers the implications of the paradigm shift in the interdisciplinary understanding of magic for the study of Jewish magic. The second part of the book focuses on Jewish magic culture in late antiquity and in the early Islamic period. This section highlights the artifacts left behind by the magic practitioners—amulets, bowls, precious stones, and human skulls—as well as manuals that include hundreds of recipes. Jewish Magic before the Rise of Kabbalah also reports on the culture that is reflected in the magic evidence from the perspective of external non-magic contemporary Jewish sources. Issues of magic and religion, magical mysticism, and magic and social power are dealt with in length in this thorough investigation. Scholars interested in early Jewish history and comparative religions will find great value in this text.

Kabbalah For Dummies

Kabbalah For Dummies
Author: Arthur Kurzweil
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2011-04-20
ISBN 10: 1118068629
ISBN 13: 9781118068625
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kabbalah For Dummies Book Review:

Kabbalah For Dummies presents a balanced perspective of Kabbalah as an “umbrella” for a complex assemblage of mystical Jewish teachings and codification techniques. Kabbalah For Dummies also shows how Kabbalah simultaneously presents an approach to the study of text, the performance of ritual and the experience of worship, as well as how the reader can apply its teaching to everyday life.

Kabbalah

Kabbalah
Author: Moshe Idel
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 419
Release: 1988-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780300046991
ISBN 13: 0300046995
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kabbalah Book Review:

In this prizewinning new interpretation of Jewish mysticism, Moshe Idel emphasizes the need for a comparative and phenomenological approach to Kabbalah and its position in the history of religion. Idel provides fresh insights into the origins of Jewish mysticism, the relation between mystical and historical experience, and the impact of Jewish mysticism on western civilization. "Idel's book is studded with major insights, and innovative approaches to the entire history of Judaism, and mastery of it will be essential for all serious students of Jewish thought."--Arthur Green, New York Times Book Review "Moshe Idel's original, scholarly, and stimulating study of Kabbalah contains the promise of a masterwork."--Elie Wiesel "Moshe Idel's book can help the nonspecialized reader to reconsider the whole of Kabbalistic tradition in comparison with many aspects of contemporary thought."--Umberto Eco "There can be no dispute about the importance and originality of Idel's work. Offering a wealth of complementary insights to Gershom Scholem and his school, it will command a great deal of attention and serious discussion."--Alexander Altmann

The Mystic Quest

The Mystic Quest
Author: David S. Ariel
Publsiher: Jason Aronson, Incorporated
Total Pages: 256
Release: 1977-07-07
ISBN 10: 1461631645
ISBN 13: 9781461631644
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mystic Quest Book Review:

The Mystic Quest explains the major ideas and concepts of Jewish mystical thought in a way that the general reader can clearly understand. Drawing upon his own extensive research as well as on the growing body of scholarly material on the subject, Dr. David Ariel, president of the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies, presents the extremely difficult and complex elements of Jewish mysticism in language that makes it accessible to the layperson. Jewish mysticism is as old as the Bible itself. It is a rich and subtle web of secret teachings and practices that has been part of Judaism since antiquity and has sought to keep the original spark of religious experience alive through the centuries. It is the relatively unknown, esoteric dimension of Judaism that has nourished a deep spiritual power within a tradition of law, ritual, and observance. A central element in Judaism, the "mystic quest" has shaped both Judaism and Jews throughout history, generating the kabbalistic tradition and Hasidism, which continue to thrive today, As Ariel says, "This book is concerned primarily with the development and meaning of the Kabbalah, the principal tradition of mystical Jewish thought." The Mystic Quest begins with an examination of the variety of phenomena known in different cultures as "mysticism." Ariel then located the Jewish mystical tradition within the context of Jewish history and traces its evolution throughout the ages. Jewish mystical theories about the hidden and revealed God, the feminine aspects of divinity, the mystical Torah, and the concepts of the soul and human destiny are then explored in detail. Finally, the author considers Hasidism and modern Jewish mystical thought, discussing the role of mysticism in contemporary Judaism. In language accessible to the beginner, yet sophisticated enough to captivate the advanced student, The Mystic Quest fills an important gap in our knowledge of mysticism by bringing a comprehensive and fresh understanding of the subject to a new generation of

Kabbalah

Kabbalah
Author: Elizabeth Clare Prophet,Patricia R. Spadaro,Murray L. Steinman
Publsiher: Summit University Press
Total Pages: 284
Release: 1997
ISBN 10: 0922729352
ISBN 13: 9780922729357
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kabbalah Book Review:

"Elizabeth Clare Prophet's book is a masterpiece. The rich tradition of the Kabbalah comes to life in a language that is accessible even to those unfamiliar with this ancient and classic tradition."--Caroline Myss, Ph.D., author of "Anatomy of the Spirit."

The Kabbalistic Mirror of Genesis

The Kabbalistic Mirror of Genesis
Author: David Chaim Smith
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2015-09-17
ISBN 10: 162055464X
ISBN 13: 9781620554647
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Kabbalistic Mirror of Genesis Book Review:

A bold line-by-line reexamination of the first 3 chapters of Genesis that reveals the essential nature of mind and creativity • Deconstructs each line of Genesis chapters 1-3 with esoteric methods derived from the oral teachings of the Kabbalah • Reveals the sefirot, the Tree of Life, as the Divine blueprint of the creative process • Explains how Genesis reveals the Divinity of mind and consciousness Hidden within the first three chapters of Genesis rests one of the greatest jewels of Western mystical literature. For millennia religious literalism has dominated our understanding of the Bible, imprisoning its subtle inner wisdom within the most coarse and superficial aspects of the narrative. Generations have been led to believe that Genesis 1-3 is only a primitive proto-cosmic history, a mythological explanation of the human moral disposition, a religious fairy tale. But by accepting the text as pure kabbalistic metaphor, the mystical content of Genesis springs forth, revealing the Divine nature of creativity as well as a new understanding of the human mind. Deconstructing each line of Genesis 1-3 with esoteric methods derived from the oral teachings of the Kabbalah, David Chaim Smith reveals how the ten sefirot, collectively known as the Tree of Life, are not simply a linear hierarchy. They are a unified interdependent whole with ten interactive functions, forming the template through which creative diversity manifests. Through acts of creation and creativity, the mind expresses its Divine nature. Through our Divine creative power, we are able to touch upon Ain Sof (the infinite), the lifeblood of all creative expression. Smith’s line-by-line examination of Genesis 1-3 reveals a complete model not only of Divine creativity but also of the predicament of the human mind, of the Divine nature of consciousness as well as our inability to recognize the mind’s Divinity. With this new interpretation, which removes the concept of a Creator God, we are able to transcend the contrasting notions of “being” and “non-being” at the heart of conventional habits of perception and awaken a new mystical understanding of Unity and the fathomless depth of Divinity.

Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism

Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism
Author: Gershom Scholem
Publsiher: Schocken
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2011-08-17
ISBN 10: 0307791483
ISBN 13: 9780307791481
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism Book Review:

A collection of lectures on the features of the movement of mysticism that began in antiquity and continues in Hasidism today.

On the Mystical Shape of the Godhead

On the Mystical Shape of the Godhead
Author: Gershom Scholem
Publsiher: Schocken
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2011-03-30
ISBN 10: 0307787028
ISBN 13: 9780307787026
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On the Mystical Shape of the Godhead Book Review:

"Scholem's treatment is complex and stylistically brilliant as he systemically analyzes the history and intellectual background of these critical ideas. Highly recommended."--Library Journal.