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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.
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 5 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 6 months ago by Nancy Cassidy
Helped to understand how things came together, what is our uni-verse, but one word. What is the composition of the heart and soul.Published 10 months ago by Diana M. Scardelletti
I found this book to be a value to me in understanding the Kabbalah and its potential in furthering my knowledge of its precepts into my daily life and spiritual pursuits.Published 11 months ago by cookie
Danny Matt has really done an excellent job of making the Aramaic texts very accessible in his translation. Read morePublished 12 months ago by S. CHALOM
Excellent for my research in Jewish mysticism. And It will be by my side as i write my fiction stories.Published 13 months ago by Snakewoman
very interesting things I have read and heard about this way of life me and my fiancé are very excited to enter in to this journey with an open mind and a willing heart .Published 13 months ago by CAROLYN HANSON
Daniel C. Matt's "The Essential Kabbalah" is an incredibly valuable book of spirituality, and it deserves a wide readership. Read morePublished 13 months ago by L. Wolf