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Author: David S. Ariel
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742545649
Size: 12.59 MB
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Today, many people from all faiths are exploring the Kabbalah. What was once contoversial and esoteric teachings from midieval Jewish mystics now is becoming one of the latest spiritual trends sweeping across America. The book has a completely revised introduction and several substantially revised chapters, making key ideas less abstract and more comprehensible to readers, and now includes a section called the 10 Main Conceptual Principles.

The Mystic Quest

Author: David S. Ariel
Publisher: Schocken
ISBN: 9780805210033
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Looks at the role of mysticism in Jewish history, discusses the kabbalah, and examines modern Jewish mysticism

A Kabbalah And Jewish Mysticism Reader

Author: Daniel M. Horwitz
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0827612869
Size: 46.17 MB
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An unprecedented annotated anthology of the most important Jewish mystical works, A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader is designed to facilitate teaching these works to all levels of learners in adult education and college classroom settings. Daniel M. Horwitz's insightful introductions and commentary accompany readings in the Talmud and Zohar and writings by Ba'al Shem Tov, Rav Kook, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and others. Horwitz's introduction describes five major types of Jewish mysticism and includes a brief chronology of their development, with a timeline. He begins with biblical prophecy and proceeds through the early mystical movements up through current beliefs. Chapters on key subjects characterize mystical expression through the ages, such as Creation and deveikut ("cleaving to God"); the role of Torah; the erotic; inclinations toward good and evil; magic; prayer and ritual; and more. Later chapters deal with Hasidism, the great mystical revival, and twentieth-century mystics, including Abraham Isaac Kook, Kalonymous Kalman Shapira, and Abraham Joshua Heschel. A final chapter addresses today's controversies concerning mysticism's place within Judaism and its potential for enriching the Jewish religion.

Religions Of The Stars

Author: Richard Abanes
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 9781441204455
Size: 68.95 MB
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Today's culture is saturated with news about celebrities and their beliefs. Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, and Madonna all promote their own brand of spirituality. What do they really believe, and does it line up with what the Bible teaches? This book answers these questions, appealing to those curious about the religions of the rich and famous while holding up their beliefs to the light of the gospel. Concerned parents will also gain insight into the religious influences their kids may be exposed to in the media.

What Do Jews Believe

Author: David S. Ariel
Publisher: Schocken
ISBN: 9780805210590
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An overview of the principles of Jewish religion provides insight into the beliefs that shape Jewish identity

The Shambhala Guide To Kabbalah And Jewish Mysticism

Author: Perle Besserman
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834826658
Size: 73.60 MB
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Jewish mystics from biblical times to the present have explored the hidden secrets of the Torah in quest of a single goal: to lose the self in the Infinite "No-thingness" (Ein Sof) and be at one with God. In language accessible to the layperson, this Shambhala Guide provides a detailed introduction to the complex world of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism. With an extensive background in meditation practice, Perle Besserman emphasizes Kabbalah's spiritual disciplines, grounded in righteous living, devotional practices, and meditation. She discusses the Kabbalistic universe, including the four worlds and ten sefirot; Jewish meditation techniques and instructions for beginning meditation; mystics and teachers from Rabbi Akiva and the Baal Shem Tov to Aryeh Kaplan; the often uneasy relationship between Kabbalah and mainstream Judaism; and applying the ancient wisdom of Jewish mysticism to life in the world of today.

Safed Spirituality

Author: Lawrence Fine
Publisher: Paulist Press
ISBN: 9780809126125
Size: 61.49 MB
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This volume portrays aspects of the rich literature that developed in Safed, a Galilean city and one of the great centers of Jewish creativity, in the 16th century.