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An interesting, dense look at Jewish mysticism
on July 16, 2001
I was hoping that "God Is a Verb" would enlighten me on the Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism. Unfortunately, I didn't come away with a much better understanding, but it was an interesting read.
A warning--"God Is a Verb" is tough reading, particularly the first 2/3rds of it. Be prepared to take it slow, because there is an awful lot to absorb.
What the book does well is set out a pathway toward not necessarily enlightenment, but a better way to live life. It gives readers the hope that they can, at any time, turn their lives around and make them better by paying more attention to what is truly important.
The major drawback of the book is that it seems to assume some sort of background knowledge of Kabbalah. In addition, I am advised by friends who have studied Kabbalah that the book represents more of the author's own ideas than those represented in the Kabbalah.
With that warning, the book does set forth some wonderful exercises designed to prod the reader into relaxing and focusing on what is important. It also incorporates wonderful stories--Jewish mythology of sorts--that are a delight to read.
An interesting book, but not an entryway into the Kabbalah.