The first comprehensive, down-to-earth introduction to explain the primary message of Kabbalah?that we are to become like God.
Unlike the faddish books that just discuss Kabbalah as a magical system, or those that treat it as if it were separable from Judaism, this inspiring book makes accessible the mysteries of Kabbalah with thorough scholarship and depth of spiritual insight. It traces the evolution of Kabbalah in Judaism and sets forth its most important gift: a way of revealing the connection that exists between our "everyday" life and the spiritual oneness of the universe. Including hands-on "personal Kabbalah" exercises that help bring the teachings into your life, The Gift of Kabbalahexplores:
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Jewish mysticism--Kabbalah--has long fascinated people of all faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds. At least in name, this ancient teaching is familiar to practically everyone.
Kabbalah is primarily a path of action, one that enables us to transform the world.
This accessible, intelligent guide to Kabbalah is designed to quench your curiosity with learning and depth of spiritual insight. Frankiel introduces you to this ancient wisdom and invites you to use Kabbalah to tap into a richer spiritual perspective than the one to which most of us unconsciously limit ourselves.
The Gift of Kabbalah gives you the vocabulary and the tools to begin to understand this long-standing mystical tradition. It shows that the intricate world of Kabbalah is not a passing fad or only for scholars, but an enduring wisdom--a gift--for people of all faiths and backgrounds.Review:
Kabbalah, the tradition of Jewish mystical wisdom, has found popularity of late among New Age gurus and Hollywood celebrities like Madonna. In The Gift of Kabbalah, Tamar Frankiel offers a practical guide for reclaiming Kabbalah's religious meaning, beginning with its origins in ancient times. The word's Hebrew root means "to receive"; Kabbalah means "the received tradition," which probably originated several centuries B.C. Until the Middle Ages, the tradition was shrouded in secrecy. Since then, it has become increasingly public, notably in the Hasidic movement, which began in 18th-century Ukraine. Frankiel guides readers through the primary concerns of Kabbalah (its theology, cosmology, and anthropology). And practical exercises draw readers' attention to Kabbalah's imperative: "Bring God into the world. You and I, each one of us personally, has the job of bringing God in, daily, nightly, weekly, yearly." In plain language, this book describes the awesome responsibility and great pleasure of receiving Kabbalah's gifts, and makes some of Judaism's greatest mysteries more accessible to readers of all religious traditions. --Michael Joseph Gross
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