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“Professor Edward Hoffman has brought together the kind of anthology I was always hoping to find. Now people who would like to follow the thread of Jewish spirituality through the ages will have a comprehensive and sensitively culled reader that will make it possible for them to further pursue what their heart and soul is striving for.”—Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, co-author of A Heart Afire

The Kabbalah Reader will truly serve as a guide for those who find the mysteries of Kabbalah impenetrable. Not only has Hoffman assembled a thorough selection of key kabbalistic texts, but he provides enlightening introductions to all of them. This book is an ideal starting point for students of Kabbalah to begin their explorations.”—Howard Schwartz, author of Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism

“The most comprehensive and accessible anthology of Kabbalah writings in existence…The Kabbalah Reader is a remarkable collection of several millennia of visionary writers. Highly recommended.”—Jewish Media Review

About the Author

Edward Hoffman is the author of numerous books on Judaism, Kabbalah, and psychology. He is a psychologist and adjunct professor at Yeshiva University in New York City. He writes extensively for leading Jewish newspapers and magazines, including the National Jewish Post & Opinion, and the Jewish Week, and his articles have appeared in New York Newsday and Yoga Journal.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Trumpeter (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590306562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590306567
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dov Elkins on October 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Kabbalah Reader: A Sourcebook of Visionary Judaism. Foreword by Arthur Kurzweil . By Edward Hoffman. Paperback original. $17.95. Trumpeter . 266 pages .
ISBN 978-1-59030-656-7.

This comprehensive and accessible entrée into the world of Kabbalah covers 1,600 years of Jewish mystical thought and features a variety of thinkers--from the renowned to the obscure--unavailable in any other volume. It's a fresh take on an ancient tradition compiled by Edward Hoffman, a psychologist and respected scholar of Judaism, who reveals how this supposedly esoteric material is relevant to a host of contemporary concerns, such as ethics, emotional health, intuition and creativity, meditation, social relations and leadership, and higher states of consciousness.

Contributors include: Moses Chaim Luzzatto, Moses Cordovero, Abraham Abulafia, Maimonides, Nachmanides, The Maharal, Nachman of Breslov, The Baal Shem Tov, The Gaon of Vilna, The Netziv, The Ben Ish Chai, Yehudah Ashlag, Kalonymus Shapira, Baba Sali, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, Adin Steinsaltz, Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, Jonathan Sacks, and many others, along with excerpts from the Sefer Yetzirah, Sefer HaBahir, and Sefer HaZohar.

This is the most comprehensive and accessible anthology of Kabbalah writings in existence. A remarkable collection of several millennia of visionary writers. Highly recommended.

Edward Hoffman is the author of numerous books on Judaism, Kabbalah, and psychology. He is a psychologist and adjunct professor at Yeshiva University in New York City. He writes extensively for leading Jewish newspapers and magazines, including the National Jewish Post & Opinion, and the Jewish Week, and his articles have appeared in New York Newsday, and Yoga Journal.

Dov Peretz Elkins
DPE@JewishGrowth.org
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neal L. Kaunfer on October 13, 2010
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Anyone interested in a sophisticated introduction or continuation in learning about the Kabbalah will find a great treasure in this unique anthology. Dr. Hoffman presents a significant array of pivotal original primary sources impacting subsequent generations and written by the leading Kabbalistic thinkers throughout the centuries including our own. His remarkably lucid introductions to each source illuminate its contextual meaning making it quite accessible to the modern reader.

Rabbi Neal Kaunfer, graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America; former Director of Congregational High School Education, Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York
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good to have good books so lightweight, wish the Zohar was digital..

since it isn't (not the pritzker edition anyways) this will do.
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