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A Tapestry for the Soul: The Introduction to the Zohar Paperback – April 1, 2010
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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
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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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.Read more ›
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.
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 [email@example.com]. 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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It arrived in a timely manner and in great condition. It is a study book and I have only begun to use it, but I'm very impressed with the additional content which goes along with... Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Barbara A. Shegitz
I'm sure to read many more of his works, very deep and insightful for open minded people who want a deeper relationship with GodPublished on March 29, 2013 by Mary Robbins
Yedidah Cohen has written a wonderful primer to take readers through Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag's Introduction to the Zohar. Read morePublished on January 24, 2012 by Michael Yaakov