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6 years ago  ::  Jul 27, 2008 - 1:05PM #11
Pam34
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Honey from the Rock
and
God was in the Place and I, I Did not Know
and
The Book of Miracles

by Lawrence Kushner


and
God Was Not in the Fire
by Daniel Gordis
Blessed are You, HaShem, Who blesses the years.
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6 years ago  ::  Aug 31, 2008 - 3:23AM #12
Shlomo613
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[QUOTE=Choni;389293]What do you love about David Sheinkin's book in particular?

For me my favorite English language Kabbalah writer is Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan o.b.m. What I love about his writing is a genuine very wide ranging knowlege of the topic combined with his ability to smoothly simplify difficult cosmic concepts.

Also, he was a pioneer in the field of bringing genuine Jewish mysticism into the idiomatic language of the English speaking public. Truthfully, he also wrote many Jewish books that did not have mysticism as their main focus. He was very well rounded.[/QUOTE]

Oh yes indeed! All of Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan ZT"L works are simply amazing and I can't think of a better place to start.

It was a no-brainier buying his books, no matter what the topic, but he especially made the Kabbalah understandable. When I was young I devoured all of Gershom Sholem ZT"L books the same way, got them as they first came out in hardcover in fact. However his works are more of a historical and academic perspective of the subject. Still, his works are also classic.
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6 years ago  ::  Sep 07, 2008 - 10:28PM #13
Dogmadoubter
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Where to begin?

It's frustrating to have even a truncated list of books of various kinds and styles without descriptions, classifications, or recommendations.

For example, what are the best beginning works in plain and simple English for someone who lacks philosophical training and knowledge of Jewish tradition?

What works are best for someone with knowledge of Judaism but no philosophical training?

And vice versa -- someone who is a trained philosopher but has little knowledge of Judaism?

For that matter, should one begin with books or with something else?
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6 years ago  ::  Sep 07, 2008 - 10:42PM #14
Pam34
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Well, personally -
personally, I'd recommend a solid grounding in 'Judaism' before even looking at 'kabbalah', because otherwise, it will be completely and totally misconstrued.

Scholarly treatments, though - most people think Gershom Sholom's work is solid.
Blessed are You, HaShem, Who blesses the years.
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6 years ago  ::  Sep 11, 2008 - 12:54AM #15
Dogmadoubter
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Thanks for the recommendation. As a matter of fact, I have "Main Currents in Jewish Mysticism," and have attempted it several times. Perhaps I should try again. As I recall it, it's written from the outside -- it's a description of historical belief systems, without much to make those systems attractive. I'm looking for a work that's written from the inside, by someone who understands so well that he can reveal the heart of it, authentically. I'm not looking for a popularization or a simplification, exactly.

I have a basic Jewish education (admittedly a long time ago) and have studied the Bible for many years. I understand that, traditionally, that's nowhere near enough to study Kabbala, but that's where I am.
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6 years ago  ::  Feb 20, 2009 - 2:52AM #16
Jn_jean
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Some of the Kabbalah books I've read.

If you just want to know about Kabbalah then these books maybe best:
1) Kabbalah for Beginners - http://www.kabbalah.info/eng/content/view/full/37339
2) A Guide to the Hidden Wisdom of Kabbalah - http://www.kabbalah.info/eng/content/view/full/60179
3) Basic Concepts in Kabbalah - http://www.kabbalah.info/eng/content/view/full/37703
There is an audio book version of this book (http://www.kabbalahmedia.info/mekorot/e … bbalah.pdf)
4) The Path of Kabbalah - http://www.kabbalah.info/eng/content/view/full/4414
5) Kabbalah Revealed - http://files.kabbalahmedia.info/mekorot … vealed.pdf

For more in depth technical knowledge on the wisdom of Kabbalah, here is what i recommend:

1) Introduction to the Book of Zohar - http://www.kabbalahmedia.info/mekorot/e … -zohar.pdf
2) Science of Kabbalah - http://www.kabbalahmedia.info/mekorot/e … bbalah.pdf

Other Kabbalah books:
1) Attaining the Worlds Beyond - http://www.kabbalahmedia.info/mekorot/e … beyond.pdf
2) Kabbalah Science and the Meaning of Life - http://www.kabbalahmedia.info/mekorot/e … f-life.pdf
3) From Chaos to Harmony - http://files.kabbalahmedia.info/mekorot … armony.pdf

On top of these free e-books, they also offer free virtual Kabbalah lessons on http://www.arionline.info
We're all interconnected spiritually like cogwheels of nature. If we only serve ourselves instead of interconnecting in mutual understanding with others, nature will stop functioning properly. Kabbalah teaches us how to reach this interconnectedness.
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2 years ago  ::  Jun 20, 2012 - 6:17AM #17
cratzc
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Talking about interesting books, try Dr. Laitman's Self-Interest vs. Altruism in the Global Era: How Society Can Turn Self-Interests into Mutual Benefit.
It's truly an eye opener in how it explains reality as interaction between two forces, and how the clash between them is causing the economic and environmental crises.
Highly recommended!

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