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The words of 14th-century mystic Shem Tov ibn Shem Tov, for example, are rendered with a startling immediacy: "How did God create the world? Like a person taking a deep breath and holding it, so that the small contains the large. Similarly God contracted his light to a divine handbreadth, and the world was left in darkness. In the darkness God carved cliffs and hewed rocks to clear the wondrous paths of wisdom." A short introduction traces the history of Kabbalah, explaining its salient concepts and symbols, and extensive notes provide background on the featured texts and writers. A brief bibliography is provided for those who will want to savor more of these extraordinary texts after tasting their richness in this collection. --Uma Kukathas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
And It will be by my side as i write my fiction stories.
This is the first book that I ever read on the Kabbalah and I would recommend it as the best starting place to anyone who is interested in the subject.
The book Essential Kabbalah, compiled by Daniel Matt, is a wonderful basic introduction to a very mysterious and often overlooked mystical practice.
I was disappointed that this book did not look like this AT ALL. I am a true book lover, everything about books matters; the smell, the feel, and THE COVER! Read morePublished 12 days ago by Rayne McCloud
Found it a bit of a hard read...meaning a bit "heady" (somewhat dry) in its style. I also think one needs a bit of Kabbalah 101 (which I do) before picking this book up. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Edwards
Bought this for a friend who practices Kabbalah. He likes the book and its teachings. Recommends it to those who are interested in Kabbalah. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SherBear
purchased this during my free study of mysticism. Enjoyed it, I just wish the one i ordered looked like the one presented here. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stevie wanders
Love this book! If you are interested in the Kabbalah and trying to understand it more, this is a great first book loaded with insights.Published 10 months ago by Nancy Cassidy