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The Essential Kabbalah

The Heart of jewish Mysticism
Paperback Book
May, 1996
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$21.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition, is precious and well hidden. Its symbolism, allusions, and multiple layers of meaning have attracted and confounded readers for centuries.

Beautifully presented, “Daniel Matt’s The Essential Kabbalah justifies its title: text and commentary alike are accurate, precise, useful, and truly suggestive.” —Harold Bloom, author of The Western Canon. Matt, a student of the Kabbalah for 25 years, offers “a selection of what I consider to be essential teachings from the immense trove of Kabbalah. I have translated the passages from the original Hebrew and Aramaic texts, and supplied notes to guide you through the maze. The introduction traces the history of Kabbalah and explains its salient concepts and symbols.”

The Hebrew word kabbalah means “receiving” or “that which has been received.” On the one hand, Kabbalah refers to tradition, ancient wisdom received and treasured from the past. On the other hand, if one is truly receptive, wisdom appears spontaneously, unprecedented, taking you by surprise.

The Jewish mystical tradition combines both of these elements....”The world that is coming,” a traditional phrase often understood as referring to a far-off messianic era, turns into “the world that is constantly coming,” constantly flowing, a timeless dimension of reality available right here and now, if one is receptive.

“With the grace and clarity that can only come from deep familiarity with his subject, Daniel Matt has opened the doors to the Kabbalah. Any reader who wishes to learn something of essential Jewish mystical wisdom now has a place to begin.” —Rodger Kamenetz, author of The Jew in the Lotus

“For more than a thousand years, Kabbalah has been a garden walled, the secret spiritual treasure of a small minority. Matt has opened the gates of this royal garden to a wider public, who now can see and taste and smell its passionate poetry, its wisdom, and its playful intimacy with the Holy One.” —Arthur Waskow, author of Seasons of Our Joy

An Epiphany enables you to sense creation not as something completed, but as constantly becoming, evolving, ascending. This transports you from a place where there is nothing new to a place where there is nothing old, where everything renews itself, where heaven and earth rejoice as at the moment of Creation.

Publisher’s Description: 

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.

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