Seeing God: Ten Life-Changing Lessons of the Kabbalah

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From the author of Endless Light, a practical guide for those who yearn for an intimate, more powerful relationship with God.

Celebrities like Madonna and Kirk Douglas may be the Kabbalah's most famous proponents, but people from all walks of life-Jews and non-Jews alike-have embraced the wisdom contained in this sacred text. In Seeing God, Rabbi David Aaron draws on his extensive knowledge of the Kabbalah-and inspires us to make God a part of everything we do and are.

For many people, learning about God is not enough-they want to "see" God, to know God intimately. And while this can be difficult, it is possible. In this profound and eminently practical book, Rabbi Aaron helps readers bring God into their lives through the lessons in the Kabbalah. Using his ability to make these ancient truths accessible to modern readers, Rabbi Aaron provides simple exercises to put these principles into practice. Powerful, inspiring, and provocative, Seeing God is essential reading for everyone who wants to see themselves-and God-with new eyes.

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Seeing God by Rabbi David Aaron presents as its subtitle promises "Ten Life-Changing Lessons of the Kabbalah." Aaron, whose founding of the Isralight Institute in Jerusalem helped establish him as one of today's most popular spirituality gurus, writes in a crisp, clear style that offers eminently practical advice for those who wish to see God in their daily lives. The book's first chapter, "Getting Rid of God," does away with "the male, Zeus-like avenger floating about in heaven," which Aaron calls "a childish and counterproductive" concept. In place of "God," Aaron offers Hashem, a Hebrew term that means "the name," which stands for "Ultimate Reality Who embraces everything and fills everything"--a theological and lexical shift that emphasizes divine immanence in the world. Seeing God then elaborates 10 qualities of Hashem, derived from the Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish mystical text. Readers are encouraged to acknowledge and emulate these qualities, which range from Gevurah (kindness) to Malhut (communal consciousness). Each chapter concludes with "Seeing Exercises" and questions for contemplation ("Can you think of three things that you have done to bring justice into the world?"), whose purpose is to demonstrate that "Hashem is right here, right now, waiting to be seen, wanting to be known." --Michael Joseph Gross

About the Author:

A recognized expert on the Kabbalah, Rabbi David Aaron is the founder and dean of the Isralight Institute, an international organization with centers in Israel and the United States. He travels throughout the world lecturing, leading retreats, and making media appearances on major programs, such as Larry King Live. Spiritual mentor to many, he is also the author of Endless Light.

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