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Kabbalah

The Way of the Jewish Mystic
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
August, 2018
ISBN:
9781611806236
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Unraveling the web of ancient traditions hidden in such texts as the Sefer Yetzirah and the Zohar, this book traces history and offers an accessible introduction to understanding Kabbalah and its practices.

Jewish mysticism has flourished—sometimes brilliantly, sometimes darkly—over five thousand years. In Kabbalah, Perle Besserman offers a lively and accessible introduction to the methods, schools, and practitioners of this intriguing world. She traces the history of Kabbalah through the lives of its illustrious scholars and saints and unravels the web of ancient traditions hidden in such texts as Sefer Yetzirah and the Zohar. Running through these pages are the words of the outstanding Kabbalists and mystics—including Simeon bar Yohai, Isaac Luria, Abraham Abulafia, and the Baal Shem Tov—giving instructions on practices ranging from contemplation of the Bible's secret teachings to ritual, ecstatic prayer, and intensive meditiation.

“Explains the Kabbalah with as much clarity as it can be explained with and with a genuine feeling for mystic lore.”—Isaac Bashevis Singer

“Jewish mysticism is a rose bush of a thousand thorns. Most books snare the reader on the thorns; Kabbalah allows us to smell the flower. This is a book to read over and over again.”—Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro, author of Minyan

Publisher’s Description: 

Unraveling the web of ancient traditions hidden in such texts as the Sefer Yetzirah and the Zohar, this book traces history and offers an accessible introduction to understanding Kabbalah and its practices.

Jewish mysticism has flourished--sometimes brilliantly, sometimes darkly--over five thousand years. In Kabbalah, Perle Besserman offers a lively and accessible introduction to the methods, schools, and practitioners of this intriguing world. She traces the history of Kabbalah through the lives of its illustrious scholars and saints and unravels the web of anceint traditions hidden in such texts as Sefer Yetzirah and the Zohar. Running through these pages are the words of the outstanding Kabbalists and mystics--including Simeon bar Yohai, Isaac Luria, Abraham Abulafia, and the Baal Shem Tov--giving instructions on practices ranging from contemplation of the Bible's secret teachings to ritual, ecstatic prayer, and intensive meditiation.

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