- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: Jewish Lights; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (March 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580231411
- ISBN-13: 978-1580231411
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,592,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Gift of Kabbalah: Discovering the Secrets of Heaven, Renewing Your Life on Earth Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed Edition
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The daunting challenge of explaining the complexities of Jewish mysticism is vigorously but unsuccessfully tackled by Frankiel, who teaches the history of religions at the University of California, Riverside. A frequent lecturer on Kabbalah, Frankiel has authored and coauthored books on this and related topics (The Voice of Sarah, Minding the Temple of the Soul and Entering the Temple of Dreams). She refers to this book as an "invitation to study Kabbalah," a beginner's guide for Jews and non-Jews alike. After a brief history of Kabbalah, Frankiel plunges into her explanation but quickly loses readers by strained definitions of anthropology and cosmology, followed by arcane Kabbalistic concepts and language. Throughout, she struggles to personalize Kabbalah as a "path of action" for individuals, promising self-discovery and life enrichment. To this end, the book's final section delineates a variety of practices including meditation, contemplation, prayer and affirmations. Frankiel concludes with an abstruse discussion of Kabbalistic astrology, replete with signs, planetary placements, degrees and colors. This final presentation is so labored and esoteric as to underscore Frankiel's failure to meet her own objective of clarifying and simplifying Kabbalah. Instead, readers will continue to be bewildered about Kabbalah, even if they manage to wade through the entire book.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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This book has been the exception.
The best attribute of this book is that the author explains the sefirot in understandable terms. The connections and combinations of the sefirot are discussed effectively also.
The Tree of Life diagrams were very helpful.
The meditative visualizations have been an aid in calming the mind.
The Glossary is excellent for explaining terms on the subject and the notes for each chapter are also very helpful.
While this book is easy to understand its also one of those books that you need to keep handy and re-read it to fully appreciate the material in it.
I wouldn't categorize this book as a "primer", its more detailed.
I also recommend this book for a reader of any persuasion that wants to know what Kabbalah is and how it applies to everyday life in this age.
author of Living with Spirit, Journey of a Flower Child
That said, this books is a standard "New Age" treatment of the Kabbalah. Frankiel presents the material in a Jewish context, but not to an extreme. She is definitely aiming at a more general audience. In a way, her use of the sefiroth as markers of psychological well-being is close to the use of the Kabbalah by certain Hasidic circles. Rather than being overwhelming about ontological facts of the universe, they reveal psychological truths.
But toward the end, Frankiel veers far off track for me, directing us to astrological techniques for the growth of the soul. Again, not for me, but fair enough: Kabbalah has often been involved in astrology; it is found a place in many variant systems, so Frankiel is well within her rights to present such material here.
My biggest problem with this book, and the Kabbalah in general, is its complexity. I like to think of the mystical quest as conceptually easy to understand (the merging of the self with God) yet practically hard to accomplish. This book, and others like it, present a complex map for this goal, and make it hard indeed to reach the second goal.