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"Yedidah Cohen has performed a wonderful service in making available to an English- speaking audience this Introduction ot the Zohar by one of the modern masters of Jewish mysticism, the late Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag. Read it and it will help open your eyes to the infinite radiance that fills the world and the seeking soul. A life-changing work."  —Sir Jonathon Sacks, chief rabbi, United Hebrew Congregations of Great Britain and the Commonwealth



"This is a text to read, savor, contemplate and learn from again and again. If you are interested in authentic Jewish kabbalah, this book is a must-have. Reading it is like having Rabbi Ashlag in the room with you."  —Rabbi Yonnasan Gershom


"Unique and refreshing work. A valuable alternative to the vast amount of spurious 'kabbala' available."  —Jerusalem Post

About the Author

Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag was a major Kabbalist, opening up the whole field of the Kabbalah by deciphering the code it was written in. He was the author of In the Shadow of the Ladder: Introductions to Kabbalah. Yedidah Cohen, with her husband, translated Rabbi Ashlag's In the Shadow of the Ladder: Introductions to Kabbalah. She teaches at a gifted children’s college in Northern Israel and appears frequently on Israel National Radio.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Nehora Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9657222044
  • ISBN-13: 978-9657222041
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rabbi Yonassan Gershom VINE VOICE on June 10, 2010
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It took me a while to get through this book -- not because it was boring, heaven forbid, but because it was so fascinating, I had to keep stopping to think about what I had just read. This is not a book to read once and then relegated to a dusty shelf. This is a text to read, savor, contemplate and learn from again and again. If you are interested in authentic Jewish kabbalah, this book is a must-have for both beginners and advanced students.

What Yedidah Cohen has done is to take Rabbi Yehudah Ashlag's "Introduction to the Zohar" and create a running commentary to it by compiling appropriate texts from Rabbi Ashlag's other writings. As Cohen herself states in the introduction: "'A Tapestry of the Soul' is a compilation of Rabbi Ashlag's work taken from a wide variety of his writings, arranged to accompany the on-going text of the 'Introduction to the Zohar,' such that Rabbi Ashlag HIMSELF is teaching the 'Introduction.' I would like to point out that this work is COMPILED but not edited; it is really Rabbi Ashlag who is the teacher. He is authentic kabbalah."

So in a sense, this book is Ashlag commenting on his own work. That authenticity is important, because there are other translations of "Introduction to the Zohar" out there which are, shall we say, rather garbled and confusing. If you want the authentic Ashlag teachings, then this is the version to buy. Reading it is like having Rabbi Ashlag right there in the room with you, taking you step by step through the basic concepts of the Zohar. Yedidah Cohen writes on page 15: "It is clear that we have merited a light that no previous generation was privileged to receive. The Kabbalah is accessible to us without pre-conditons of spiritual attainment.
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In their first book, In The Shadow Of The Ladder, The author and her late husband (z"l) translated two essays (Rabbi Ashlag titled them: Introductions to the 10 Sephirot and Introduction to the Zohar) and also explained essential concepts and definitions necessary to understand Rabbi Ashlag's deep and profound system of Kabbalah. She then shared her own personal experiences. In this book Yedidah takes The Introduction to the Zohar and uses translations of Rabbi Ashlag's other works as means to explain the entire essay. In addition she uses translated material from Rabbi Ashlag's son, Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag to further explain and provide deep insight into many of the sometimes complex concepts that are covered in this one essay. Furthermore Yedidah offers her own explanations to many of the ideas presented offering advice for practice and making the teachings relevant to ones life.
I found my self riveted to this book (for reasons I cannot honestly explain!) and felt I had learned more from this one text than almost any book I have studied about Kabbalah. Perhaps it is the love and sincerety that went into this book I am not sure. Yedidah has selflessly devoted her life to spreading the teachings of Rabbi Ashlag whether through the written word or on her web site where she shares short audio teachings about Ashlag's material. I felt that even without a teacher who could explain this material I had the next best thing, a book with incredible depth, clear explanations, and teachings that were relevant to my everyday. life.
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This book has been written in a beautiful way with great insight in to the teachings of Rabbi Yehudah Ashlag who is the author of the Commentary of the Zohah, the 'The Ladder', I really appreciate, Yedidah Cohen's clear depth of knowledge, and clarity in the book, she has amazing perception, of the teachings of Rabbi Ashlag,and the Zohar, thank you brilliant book. I know that the Late Mark Cohen,co author of 'In the shadow of the ladder' would be proud of this book.
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A Tapestry for the Soul: The Introduction to the Zohar by Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag. Nehora Press. $18.95. Softcover. 296 Pages. Explained using excerpts collated from his other writings including suggestions for inner work. Compiled by Yedidah Cohen.

A Tapestry for the Soul is a study guide to the "Introduction to the Zohar" by Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag. It is for the student of Kabbalah who wants to learn directly from Rabbi Ashlag himself, without any intermediary. It is for the student who wants to use Kabbalah as it is meant to be used, as a tool to explore who we are, what are our souls' deepest desires and how we can understand what we are here in this life for.

The compiler, Yedidah Cohen writes: You may ask "Do I need any prior knowledge to use this book?" Not really. In principle it is self-contained. That said, I have to confess it is a book you are going to have to ponder over, discuss with your friends, read parts more than once, argue with, and dialogue with..... If and when you get stuck you can always email me [nehora@actcom.co.il]. It is a book suitable for the individual, chevruta or a group.

"Yedidah Cohen has performed a wonderful service in making available to an English-speaking audience this Introduction to the Zohar by one of the modern masters of Jewish mysticism, the late Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag. Read it and it will help open your eyes to the infinite radiance that fills the world and the seeking soul. A life-changing work." Sir Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Britain and the Commonwealth

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