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The Practice of Kabbalah: Meditation in Judaism Hardcover – July 1, 1996

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc. (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568215088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568215082
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,510,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rabbi Steven A. Fisdel has studied and lectured on the Dead Sea Scrolls and their spiritual significance for over twenty years. Rabbi Fisdel holds a masters degree in Judaica from Spertus College in Chicago, and a bachelors degree in Jewish History and World History from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He received Rabbinic Ordination from the P'nai Or Fellowship in Philadelphia. Rabbi Fisdel is on staff with the Chochmant HaLev Institute for Jewish Learning in Berkeley, California and is affiliated with the College of Early Christian Studies in San Jose, California. Rabbi Fisdel serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel in Chico, California.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gary Wachter on July 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Rabbi Fisdel's book takes the beginner into the world of Jewish meditation and Kabbalah. The book is easy to read, but takes you, step by step, into the depths of Kabbalah. He does an excellent job of teaching, not just what The Tree of Life is, but how it "works". His comments on passages from the Sefer Yitziah (The Book of Formation), an ancient kabbalist classic, are clear and are used as the basis for meditations. He also includes the Zohar's perspecitve on the Tree of Life. He actually teaches you how to use the Tree of Life to create your own meditations for your individual needs. But you do not have to create your own meditation because he presents and explains numerous meditations. He even ends the book with almost two dozen more graduated meditations.
After reading several other good books on Kaballah, this is the only one that teached you how to meditate. My other recent readings include: Jewish Meditation, A Practical Guide by Aryeh Kaplan, G-d is a Verb by David Cooper, Endless Light by David Aaron, Discovering Jewish Meditation by Nan Fink Gefen, Kabbalah for the Layman by Phillip Berg, A Journey of Awakening by Ted Falcon.
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