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Jewish Meditation: A Practical Guide Paperback – March 14, 1995
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Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“The classic text for Jews who want to experience the meditative methods of their own spiritual tradition.”
—Daniel Goleman, author of The Meditative Mind
“[This is] the first book to read on the subject. It is a gentle, clear introduction and provides exercises and practices that can be used right away by any Jew who wants a deeper prayer experience.”
—Rodger Kamenetz, author of The Jew in the Lotus
“New and old davveners can learn from this sainted teacher how to deepen their holy processes . . . One can, with the help of God and the aid of this manual, tap into the Cosmic.”
—Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi
“A guide to Jewish prayer and meditation that is both grounded in the tradition and genuinely mind-expanding. For anyone seeking to connect with the spiritual side of Judaism, this book is essential.”
“At a time when Jews are rediscovering their hunger for spirituality, Kaplan’s clear and comprehensive book could well be one of the most important Jewish books of our time.
—Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
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Kaplan's books are still considered to be among the most authentic on the market, and are kosher even among the Orthodox and Hasidic branches of Judaism. His first book, "Meditation and the Bible," came out in 1978, and explored the various meditation techniques that were hinted at in the Bible and expanded in other Jewish texts. This was followed by "Meditation and Kabbalah" (1982), which explained the techniques in greater detail and provided first-ever English translations of many basic Hebrew texts. Both of these books, however, were quite academic and not intended to be how-to guides. Hence the third book here, "A Practical Guide" to Jewish meditation, published in 1985.
I mention the first two books because, if you read only this one, it may strike you as just another "new age" hodge-podge of ideas. Far from it. Kaplan took his cues from the most Orthodox of the Orthodox, i.e., the traditionalist Jews who had not lost the pre-Holocaust knowledge of these techniques. In his first two books, he clearly lays out the theory, drawing upon centuries-old Hebrew texts and first-hand descriptions by Jewish "saints" of various eras. In "Jewish Meditation," he distills all this down into directions for actual daily practice.Read more ›
This book is an indespensible part of my spiritual library now. I will never be without it. Give someone you love this book; you'll be giving them a gift that will last forever.
He points out how meditation is an ancient part of Jewish religious tradition, contrary to popular belief. How the synagogue was meant originally to be a meditative experience, and how much of Jewish prayer liturgy is meant to be a meditative type connection with the Creator.
He marvels at how so many Jews look outside their Judaism for spiritual enlightenment, while it is all available within their own spiritual tradition.
As Kaplan takes us on this journey of exploration he deals with such questions as `What is meditation?', `Why meditate' , the various types of meditation available and how to do them as well as a chapter on.
He makes an important point that in its deepest states mediation can free us of our own egos and subconscious association with G-D as a mirror image of ourselves , and therefore allow us to really experience G-D.
Musar, self-perfection, an important school in Jewish thought.
After reading this excellent work, you will never see Judaism, spirituality or meditation in the same way. It also can serve as a simple and helpful aid to begin your own meditation.
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Well written and what a great rekindling of our tradition.Published 19 days ago by Accidental Hipster
Filled with applicable and actually useful techniques for people who want to ponder and meditate from a biblical basis. Classic in the field of meditation.Published 1 month ago by thirdtwin
I can't say enough good things about Kaplan's work. I first read Meditation and Kabbalah in graduate school and was very enamored by the content and Kaplan's writing style. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Robert Bergman
This is an incredible book for those interested in learning about Jewish Meditation. The only reason I didn't give it more stars is that it didn't offer as many actual guided... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rosemary Rice
Love it!!! I'm in a twelve steps program where meditation plays an important role in recovery. Being Jewish I didn't feel comfortable with the Buddhist or Zen Methods, so, after... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joe