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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.
I really enjoyed the book and it was very well written too.
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.
Book came with the front bent in some places but over in good condition.Published 21 days ago by Kristen Cavender
The Kabbalah is a very interesting work. It has been something that I have read bits and pieces of. But as I read in my 70's I really like it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bishop Adams
A very intriguing read that will expand you way of thinking in religionPublished 1 month ago by Gordon L Lyles
Another great little book packed with amazing insights by Danny Matt.Published 1 month ago by E J M Goldman
An excellent book to read for people of any religious persuasion. The philosophical teachings can enrich the life of everyone.Published 2 months ago by Shadows