- Unknown Binding: 175 pages
- Publisher: Tarcher (January 8, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585420808
- ISBN-13: 978-1585420803
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Seeing God: Ten Life-Changing Lessons of the Kabbalah Unknown Binding – January 8, 2001
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Seeing God by Rabbi David Aaron presents as its subtitle promises "Ten Life-Changing Lessons of the Kabbalah." Aaron, whose founding of the Isralight Institute in Jerusalem helped establish him as one of today's most popular spirituality gurus, writes in a crisp, clear style that offers eminently practical advice for those who wish to see God in their daily lives. The book's first chapter, "Getting Rid of God," does away with "the male, Zeus-like avenger floating about in heaven," which Aaron calls "a childish and counterproductive" concept. In place of "God," Aaron offers Hashem, a Hebrew term that means "the name," which stands for "Ultimate Reality Who embraces everything and fills everything"--a theological and lexical shift that emphasizes divine immanence in the world. Seeing God then elaborates 10 qualities of Hashem, derived from the Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish mystical text. Readers are encouraged to acknowledge and emulate these qualities, which range from Gevurah (kindness) to Malhut (communal consciousness). Each chapter concludes with "Seeing Exercises" and questions for contemplation ("Can you think of three things that you have done to bring justice into the world?"), whose purpose is to demonstrate that "Hashem is right here, right now, waiting to be seen, wanting to be known." --Michael Joseph Gross
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Jewish mystical doctrines concerning God and the universe continue to attract widespread interest, although the Kabbalah's inaccessible complexities require the kind of interpretation that is offered in this book. Aaron is a Jerusalem rabbi who founded the Isralight institute, where he teaches Judaism with special emphasis on the esoteric lore of Kabbalah. His first effort to bring Kabbalah to a wider audience was 1997's Endless Light, which set forth in relatively simple language the Kabbalah's answers to life's fundamental questions. This book furthers that attempt by explaining Kabbalah's conception of God. In essence, Aaron asks how humans can see that which is invisible, infinite and indescribable. He boldly asserts that his answer to that question as found in this book will provide "a whole new vision. Life will never be the same." Aaron focuses on a central principle of Kabbalah: the 10 sefirot, usually referred to as the "emanations" by which God is revealed. For Aaron, they are God's "ethereal, spiritual `qualities'... [that] can't really be understood intellectually, only experientially." Using simple stories, personal anecdotes, Talmudic homilies and "seeing exercises," Aaron explores each of the sefirot: community consciousness, life, mastery, magnificence, justice, kindness, truth and beauty, logical thinking, creative intuition, will and awareness. Although Aaron's claim for the life-changing nature of his book is somewhat grandiose, he succeeds in presenting one of Kabbalah's most perplexing notions in plain language that can be readily grasped. This is a major achievement.
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