- File Size: 59334 KB
- Print Length: 224 pages
- Publisher: Kabbalah Society; 3 edition (May 30, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 30, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071ZN53BT
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,474 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Way of Kabbalah Kindle Edition
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When the book arrived I sat down and red for hours.
Wonderful,I always knew,and here somebody wrote it down.....
Am happy I have the book,I'll read it over and over again.
He begins with an overview of kabbalah as a living tradition, using the Tree of Life diagram as a template for diagramming all aspects of life and spiritual growth. He then discusses the inner meanings of various biblical stories and Jewish themes, such as the physical and spiritual Adam, the Exodus from Egypt, Jacob and Esau, the Promised Land, the Zaddik (holy person), allegorical and metaphysical levels of meaning, kavannah (focused intention), higher and lower states of consciousness, etc. --- and how all these apply to the inner life as diagrammed on the Tree.
The heart of the book, in my opinion, are the chapters on the three main approaches to the spiritual path: Action, Devotion, and Contemplation. Most beginners lean heavily toward one of the three, and it is important to determine which approach is best for you. (Halevi himself appears to be a Path of Contemplation person, judging from his intellectual style.) Eventually you must balance all three of these aspects -- Doing, Feeling, and Thinking -- within yourself, but it's important to start with a compatible teacher and/or group that relates to kabbalah from your basic approach. Halevi is rather vague about exactly how you will actually find practicing kabbalists, appparently relying on the adage that "When the student is ready, the teacher appears." This book will definitely help you prepare yourself for that encounter.