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The Thirteen Petalled Rose: A Discourse On The Essence Of Jewish Existence And Belief Paperback – September 12, 2006
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Rabbi Steinsaltz's description of that which is "Holy" is exceptionally clear. Holy means separation, that which is Holy is untouchable, distinctly "Other", and can not be understood or defined. He does however reassure us, despite the transcendental nature and distance of that which is Holy, human beings can become more receptive and open to Its influence. He connects time, space, and the soul of humans with the effects of the Sefirot in our realm, along with the performance of mitzvot. The results of all these connections and interactions can be described as concentric circles or a helix of energy between realms. He describes how the spark of life in man, when expressed as a creative urge brings more divine influence into the world and thus expresses the image of G-d.Read more ›
This is a beautifully written look at thirteen tenants of Jewish spirituality, and how those aspects apply not only on a metaphysical level, but in one's daily life. It is recommended reading for anyone who can appreciate the primal elements of any long-standing philosophy, Jewish or otherwise, or for those who can appreciate literary poeticism. In short, perhaps the rose is the heart, and we only need to remove the petals one by one, to know each, and then to let them go, until only the force of life, viz., God, remains.
There are a few points I liked in this book though. He explains the relationship between the spirituality of prayer and the precision of halacha: ideally, the two combine to create a balanced religious personality, one not limited to emotion or intellect alone.
His explanations of the Sabbath and of Sabbath-related rituals, especially his chapter on the Sabbath meal and Kiddush, were clearer to me than some of his other chapters. He points out that most Sabbath-eve rituals were intended to replicate the Temple in some way, while others recall some other Torah event. For example, we cover two pieces of bread before the meal to "recall the bread from heaven, the manna, which on the Sabbath day came down in double portions covered with a layer of dew." Similarly, we drink wine to recall the wine used as part of Temple sacrifices.
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A beautifully written and presented introduction to Kabbalah from a traditional point of view but geared to the modern reader.Published 3 months ago by Michael Friedman
This is an excellent book treating a very difficult subject . It is written clearly and succinctly. Highly reccomended for English readers interested in KabalaPublished 4 months ago by Henry Frank
I am Catholic but I will tell you now that this work is a masterpiece in new wave thinking. There are areas that just blow your mind and stretch your thinking to a new level. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Victor G
This book reveals the deepest dialogues between a man and G-d. Only someone with an impeccable commitment to honesty is capable of detecting and translating into words the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Renee Nasajon
When I purchased this book there were a few under the same name; I chose this copy but found it not the same, as the one I had years ago, that was destroyed in Hurricane Charley. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rev. B. Lewis
This was the book that made me believe my intuitions were correct about the world and existence because another shared my belief. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jeremiah S. Kaplan
An amazing book, describing difficult concepts in Judaism very clearly.Published 12 months ago by Ellen moss