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God Is a Verb: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism Paperback – September 1, 1998


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  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573226947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573226943
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rabbi Cooper opens wide the centuries-old treasure house of the Jewish tradition. This is a wise book...broad and accessible. It's one of those books that people will read a lot over the years"—Jack Kornfield, bestselling author of A Path with Heart



"David Cooper's rich wisdom and practical exercises bring Judaism alive in an exciting new way."—Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of A Woman's Book of Life



"Offers insight into the everyday practice of mystical Judaism...lively prose...a rewarding book."—Publishers Weekly



"A superb, sensitive, and gentle guide."—Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now

About the Author

Rabbi David A. Cooper studied mystical Judaism in Jerusalem's Old City for more than eight years, and has authored several books on meditation, spiritual retreats, and Jewish mystical practice. He also recorded the bestselling audiotape series The Mystical Kabbalah, and along with his wife, Shoshana, directs the Heart of Stillness Hermitage near Boulder, Colorado.


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A must read for anyone studying Kabbalah.
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The chapters are very short, easy to read and understand.
Laura Weakley
Come climb the 'Tree of Life', the adventure awaits!
Brian E. Erland

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Most works on Kabbalah are too cryptic, too obscure, very difficult to understand. Rabbi Cooper offers one of the most inspiring and clearest explanations of the Jewish mystical path that I have read. Anyone who has found greater depth of spiritual experience through exploring Eastern religions owes it to him/herself to read this incredibly beautiful explanation of the Oneness of God, the universe, the process of creation, and the meaning of life in general. Rabbi Cooper's explanation of "God-ing" just blew me away!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By T. McIntire on May 7, 2001
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Simply put, this book is a terrific introduction to the mystical side of Judaism. Although I've been a student of religion for some time now, I've only recently started to make the transition from reader to do-er, joining some friends at Temple and at a Passover Seder; I've been very much impressed at how alive the Jewish faith is, and God Is a Verb only reinforces that impression. The author does a tremendous job of explaining the basics of the religion, the basics of the mystical side of the religion, and the basics of actual Jewish meditative practice. Perhaps the best aspect of this book is all the wonderful Hasidic stores Rabbi Cooper uses to illustrate his points. I could not recommend this work more highly. It has given me the confidence to now try and crack some more esoteric and scholarly works on Kabbalah.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1999
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This book may be read and appreciated by anyone interested in the subject. It is of particular use, though, and interest to Jewish people interested in the religion of their forbears who find that there is nothing at all spiritual in most modern Jewish practice. I found that this book really delivered on this front. Reb Cooper draws excellent analogies to mystical Eastern traditions with which he is very familiar as well as mystical Islam (sufism) and Christianity (also called Cabbalah). Along the same lines, "The Jew and the Lotus" also gives a good glimpse of more spiritual aspects of Judaism with which most modern Jews (like me) are, unfortunately, wholly unfamiliar. I so enjoyed this book that I bought an older series of tapes with meditations by Reb Cooper. The tapes were not half as enjoyable to me as this book (and much of the material was repetitive of the book). I recommend this book to anyone looking for more/some "spirituality" in Judaism. It will not disappoint. Reb Cooper's Hasidic tales are enjoyable for their own sake and add greatly to the book's great readability.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 1999
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This is a great overview for those beginning their mystic study of the Kabballah. However, for those looking for hardcore information on Kabballah, you may need to search for a different source. Reb Cooper's view of Kabballah is consistent with hermetic kabballah, which views the spiritual journey as the most significant aspect of Kabballah. However, others not in Reb Cooper's tradition, may choose to pursue Kabballah as a search for theological answers, and if this is your quest, try another book on Kabballah.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. Erland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 22, 2006
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Rabbi David A. Cooper's, 'God Is A Verb' succeeds in being both a highly accessible primer for those uninitated into the kabbalistic mysteries while at the same time containing enough depth of material to attract the attention of the well-trained practitioner.

This 333 page paperback takes the reader on a wonderful mythic journey through 3,000 years of haggadic tales and imagery. The mystical understanding you will glean from these ancient myths and legends of the Jewish faith will become the essential building blocks to your mystical understanding of the cosmos. Come climb the 'Tree of Life', the adventure awaits!

A must read for the novice mystic and a valuable refresher course for the adept.

Highly Recommended!
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Blah on December 1, 2002
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Cooper does a wonderful job of describing God not as the anthropomorphic deity that many people believe in but in the sense of being that he is viewed as by the followers of kabbalah. In this sense God is a verb unlike us who are in one place at one time. Trust me he explains it much more lucidly. Furthermore, he does an incredible job in describing a way in which you can experiment with the Kabbalah. This comprises the third part of the book and is completely seperate if you don't wish to read it. Before this he delivers with a simple easy to understand description of Kabbalah. (no small feat considering the enormous complexity of the situation.) A good read for any interested in the subject.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David D. Stanton on September 5, 2005
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I have been a student of the Kabbalah for the past 12 years. Rabbi David A. Cooper's Book is a great light in the sea of confusion which the study of Kabbalah can bring. It allows for the seeker to find understanding with out the costly classes which some perscribe. The book allows one to gain a deep understanding into the Kabbalah on a personal level and clears much of the haze which a paradoxical system can cause.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brad A. Sommers on January 24, 2005
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Rabbi Cooper's book is the finest intro book on Kabbalah I've read. This book is not for those interested in an indepth understanding of theoretical, speculative Kabbalah. However, most people get so bogged down in theory that 10 years and 20 books later they still have no real idea WHAT Kabbalism means or how to apply it. So if you want to actually learn how to APPLY Kabbalah in your daily life, and not just learn to spout strings of esoteric jargon, buy THIS book.
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