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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.
The book should or could read and re read several times and in different order. Must be studied in depth.Published 1 month ago by Paulo Reimann
as the Zohar by Mr. Matt isn't available digitally this is the best work in digital for now..
we NEED the Zohar in digital.. Read more
Book came with the front bent in some places but over in good condition.Published 2 months 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 3 months ago by Bishop Adams