From the Author
Why are so many people today interested in Kabbalah? Its books? Its ideas? Its scholars? Despite thousands of years, technological developments, social changes and scientific discoveries, Kabbalistic texts still sound fresh, intriguing and secretive - as if they were written recently.
I think most people believe that beyond the everyday life we live, it is necessary to put life on another element, based on real and more spiritual. Kabbalah is actually the nature and essence of humans chasing after that elusive element.
There are facts we did not know at all three thousand years and learned about three hundred years ago (the structure of the solar system, for example). There are events that we never thought were possible three hundred years ago, and now they are happening today (from heart transplants to walks on the moon). There are things we don't know now, but we might know about them in three hundred years; there are phenomena we might not know or understand even after another three thousand years .
Kabbalah is a real courageous attempt to try and understand what is behind the screen. We are trying to grab what cannot be perceived, understand what cannot be understood, and see and hear what cannot be heard or seen. And despite the difficult Sisyphean goal, we are still trying to achieve reception in every generation. It is a source of attraction and probably will remain so for many years to the future as well.
I was interested in Kabbalah since I was young. All my studies in this subject took place in Jerusalem, a magical and challenging city that most people on the globe have heard of. I always wondered why all monotheistic religions admire Jerusalem. Is it a coincidence or not? And why was it easier to conquer Jerusalem than to control it? Why have no conquerors managed to shape the city (though many have tried)? And to this we have to add the largest question of all: how and why has the city shaped the current spiritual world?
Thriller novels always grabbed me simply because the subject matter. Quality thrillers are not only interesting and stimulating, but they encourage readers to think in ways and directions they didn't even know of. And the better the literature, the more fascinating and intriguing the questions are. Altogether, what could be more intriguing than questions about the nature of Kabbalah and the uniqueness of Jerusalem?
The combination of all these created this book.