Studies in the Zohar Book

Studies in the Zohar


  • Author : Yehuda Liebes
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 2012-02-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 262
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438410845

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Studies in the Zohar Excerpt :

This book deals with the “Book of Splendor” (Sefer ha-Zohar), the greatest achievement of Kabbalah and one of the most influential sources of Western mysticism. This book offers a new interpretation of the Zohar, analyzing both its theoretical content and its historical context; it also brings the theory and the history together by indicating the personal and autobiographical elements in the Zohar’s teachings. The author delves into the issues of the messianic elements of the Zohar, the way it was written, and its relationship to Christianity, Gnosticism, and Talmudic literature.

Studies in the Zohar Book
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Studies in the Zohar


  • Author : Yehuda Liebes
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 1993-01-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 262
  • ISBN 10 : 0791411893

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Studies in the Zohar Excerpt :

This book deals with the "Book of Splendor" (Sefer ha-Zohar), the greatest achievement of Kabbalah and one of the most influential sources of Western mysticism. This book offers a new interpretation of the Zohar, analyzing both its theoretical content and its historical context; it also brings the theory and the history together by indicating the personal and autobiographical elements in the Zohar's teachings. The author delves into the issues of the messianic elements of the Zohar, the way it was written, and its relationship to Christianity, Gnosticism, and Talmudic literature.

Kabbalah for Beginners Book
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Kabbalah for Beginners


  • Author : Michael Laitman
  • Publisher : Laitman Kabbalah Publishers
  • Release Date : 2004-01-01
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 64
  • ISBN 10 : 9780973231533

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Kabbalah for Beginners Excerpt :

The Kabbalist Rabbi Laitman, who was the student and personal assistant to Rabbi Baruch Ashlag from 1979-1991, follows in the footsteps of his rabbi in passing on the wisdom of Kabbalah to the world. This book is based on sources that were passed down by Rabbi Baruch's father, Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam), the author of 'the Sulam', the commentaries on The Book of Zohar, who continued the ways of the Ari and Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and many great Kabbalists throughout the generations before them. The goal of this book is to assist individuals in confronting the first stages of the spiritual realm. This unique method of study, which encourages sharing this wisdom with others, not only helps overcome the trials and tribulations of everyday life, but initiates a process in which individuals extend themselves beyond the standard limitations of today's world.

Reading the Zohar Book

Reading the Zohar


  • Author : Pinchas Giller
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 246
  • ISBN 10 : 9780195118490

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Reading the Zohar Excerpt :

Comprising well over a thousand pages of densely written Aramaic, the compilation of texts known as the Zohar represents the collective wisdom of various strands of Jewish mysticism, or kabbalah, up to the thirteenth century. This massive work continues to provide the foundation of much Jewish mystical thought and practice to the present day. In this book, Pinchas Giller examines certaing sections of the Zohar and the ways in which the central doctrines of classical kabbalah took shape around them.

A Guide to the Zohar Book

A Guide to the Zohar


  • Author : Arthur Green
  • Publisher : Stanford University Press
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 191
  • ISBN 10 : 0804749086

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A Guide to the Zohar Excerpt :

Please see the Zohar Home Page for ancillary materials, including the publication schedule, press release, Aramaic text, questions, and answers.

Zohar  the Book of Enlightenment Book
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Zohar the Book of Enlightenment


  • Author : Daniel Chanan Matt
  • Publisher : Paulist Press
  • Release Date : 1983
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 0809123878

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Zohar the Book of Enlightenment Excerpt :

This is the first translation with commentary of selections from The Zohar, the major text of the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. This work was written in 13th-century Spain by Moses de Leon, a Spanish scholar.

The Zohar  Reception and Impact Book

The Zohar Reception and Impact


  • Author : Boaz Huss
  • Publisher : Liverpool University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-05-12
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 381
  • ISBN 10 : 9781789624861

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The Zohar Reception and Impact Excerpt :

National Jewish Book Awards Finalist for the Nahum N. Sarna Memorial Award for Scholarship, 2016. From its first appearance, the Zohar has been one of the most sacred, authoritative, and influential books in Jewish culture. Many scholarly works have been dedicated to its mystical content, its literary style, and the question of its authorship. This book focuses on different issues: it examines the various ways in which the Zohar has been received by its readers and the impact it has had on Jewish culture, including the fluctuations in its status and value and the various cultural practices linked to these changes. This dynamic and multi-layered history throws important new light on many aspects of Jewish cultural history over the last seven centuries. Boaz Huss has broken new ground with this study, which examines of the reception and canonization of the Zohar as well as its criticism and rejection from its inception to the present day. His underlying assumption is that the different values attributed to the Zohar are not inherent qualities of the zoharic texts, but rather represent the way it has been perceived by its readers in different cultural contexts. He therefore considers not only the attribution of different qualities to the Zohar through time but also the people who were engaged in attributing such qualities and the social and cultural functions associated with their creation, re-creation, and rejection. For each historical period from the beginning of Zohar scholarship to the present, Huss considers the social conditions that stimulated the veneration of the Zohar as well as the factors that contributed to its rejection, alongside the cultural functions and consequences of each approach. Because the multiple modes of the reception of the Zohar have had a decisive influence on the history of Jewish culture, this highly innovative and wide-ranging approach to Zohar scholarship will have important repercussions for many areas of Jewish studies.

Scholem Conference Book

Scholem Conference


  • Author : Mirjam Zadoff
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2018-10-11
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004387409

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Scholem Conference Excerpt :

The articles collected in Scholar and Kabbalist: The Life and Work of Gershom Scholem offer new and fresh insights into the life and work of Gershom Scholem, one of the most prominent German-Jewish intellectuals of the 20th century.

Introduction to the Book of Zohar  Volume 1 Book
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Introduction to the Book of Zohar Volume 1


  • Author : Yehudah Ashlag
  • Publisher : Laitman Kabbalah Publishers
  • Release Date : 2005-01-01
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 610
  • ISBN 10 : 9780973231564

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Introduction to the Book of Zohar Volume 1 Excerpt :

The Science of Kabbalah (Pticha) is the first in a series of texts that Rav Michael Laitman, Kabbalist and scientist, designed to introduce readers to the special language and terminology of the Kabbalah. Here, Rav Laitman reveals authentic Kabbalah in a manner that is both rational and mature. Readers are gradually led to an understanding of the logical design of the Universe and the life whose home it is. The Science of Kabbalah, a revolutionary work that is unmatched in its clarity, depth, and appeal to the intellect, will enable readers to approach the more technical works of Baal HaSulam (Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag), such as 'Talmud Eser Sefirot' and Zohar. Although scientists and philosophers will delight in its illumination, laymen will also enjoy the satisfying answers to the riddles of life that only authentic Kabbalah provides. Now, travel through the pages and prepare for an astonishing journey into the 'Upper Worlds'.

The Wisdom of the Zohar Book

The Wisdom of the Zohar


  • Author : Isaiah Tishby
  • Publisher : Liverpool University Press
  • Release Date : 1989-09-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 1648
  • ISBN 10 : 9781909821828

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The Wisdom of the Zohar Excerpt :

The Zohar is the fundamental work of Jewish mysticism. Isaiah Tishby’s classic and definitive Wisdom of the Zohar makes the world of the Zohar available to the English-speaking reader in all its complexity and poetry. The extended extracts are arranged by topic, each section being prefaced by introductory explanations and accompanied by copious notes. There is also a General Introduction on the complex symbolism of the Zohar and on its historical and literary background. The scholarly value of David Goldstein’s acclaimed translation is enhanced by an index expanded to include references to passages cited in the introduction and notes, and by the addition of a subject index and an index of biblical references. Isaiah Tishby was awarded the Bialik Prize 1972, the Israel Prize 1979, and the Rothschild Prize 1982, mainly for his work on The Wisdom of the Zohar. David Goldstein was awarded the Webber Prize 1987 for this translation.

Studies in Jewish Myth and Messianism Book

Studies in Jewish Myth and Messianism


  • Author : Yehuda Liebes
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 2012-02-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 226
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438410852

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Studies in Jewish Myth and Messianism Excerpt :

This book deals with the nature and development of Jewish myth from the Talmudic period through Kabbalah to Hasidism. It describes the changes in this myth in its various stages and the external influences on it. The author shows that myth is in the essence of the Jewish religion and that, rather than being created out of external influences, Kabbalah is one of its manifestions. The book also deals with the related subject of Messianism, and delves into the special spiritual personalities of some messianic figures in Jewish history to show how myth was incarnate in them.

Journey into the Zohar  A Book

Journey into the Zohar A


  • Author : Nathan Wolski
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 2012-02-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438430553

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Journey into the Zohar A Excerpt :

An introduction to the Zohar, the crowning work of medieval Kabbalah. Includes original translations and analysis.

The    Other Side    of Kabbalah Book

The Other Side of Kabbalah


  • Author : Nathaniel Berman
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2018-09-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 326
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004386198

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The Other Side of Kabbalah Excerpt :

Divine and Demonic in the Poetic Mythology of the Zohar offers a new interpretation of the Kabbalistic “Other Side,” exploring the intimacies and antagonisms of divine and demonic, and showing how the Zoharic literature contributes to thinking about alterity generally.

Unlocking the Zohar Book
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Unlocking the Zohar


  • Author : Michael Laitman
  • Publisher : Laitman Kabbalah Publishers
  • Release Date : 2011-01-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 431
  • ISBN 10 : 9781897448595

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Unlocking the Zohar Excerpt :

The Book of Zohar (Book of Radiance), also known as The Zohar is one of the most mysterious and misunderstood compositions ever written. The awe, admiration, and even fear it has evoked over the years are unsurpassed. This book contains the secrets of the whole of Creation, but until recently these secrets were shrouded in a cloud of mystery and misconceptions. Now The Zohar is openly unfolding its wisdom throughout the world, to show humanity a way forward, as the book itself declares (VaYera, Item 460), When the days of the Messiah draw near, even infants will discover the secrets of the wisdom. The greatest Kabbalist of the 20th century, Rav Yehuda Ashlag (1884-1954) paved a new way for us by which we can reveal the secrets of The Zohar. He wrote the Sulam [Ladder] Commentary and the four introductions for The Zohar to help us come to know the forces that govern our lives, and teach us how we can assume control over our destinies. This book is an invitation to a wondrous journey to a higher world. The author, Kabbalist Dr Michael Laitman, wisely ushers us into the revelations of the Sulam commentary. In so doing, Laitman helps us fine-tune our thoughts as we read in The Zohar, to maximize the spiritual benefit derived from reading it. In addition to explaining The Book of Zohar, the book contains numerous inspiring quotes from The Zohar, specifically translated, edited, and compiled for easy reading and understanding of this powerful text.

Through a Speculum That Shines Book

Through a Speculum That Shines


  • Author : Elliot R. Wolfson
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-07-07
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691215099

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Through a Speculum That Shines Excerpt :

A comprehensive treatment of visionary experience in some of the main texts of Jewish mysticism, this book reveals the overwhelmingly visual nature of religious experience in Jewish spirituality from antiquity through the late Middle Ages. Using phenomenological and critical historical tools, Wolfson examines Jewish mystical texts from late antiquity, pre-kabbalistic sources from the tenth to the twelfth centuries, and twelfth- and thirteenth-century kabbalistic literature. His work demonstrates that the sense of sight assumes an epistemic priority in these writings, reflecting and building upon those scriptural passages that affirm the visual nature of revelatory experience. Moreover, the author reveals an androcentric eroticism in the scopic mentality of Jewish mystics, which placed the externalized and representable form, the phallus, at the center of the visual encounter. In the visionary experience, as Wolfson describes it, imagination serves a primary function, transmuting sensory data and rational concepts into symbols of those things beyond sense and reason. In this view, the experience of a vision is inseparable from the process of interpretation. Fundamentally challenging the conventional distinction between experience and exegesis, revelation and interpretation, Wolfson argues that for the mystics themselves, the study of texts occasioned a visual experience of the divine located in the imagination of the mystical interpreter. Thus he shows how Jewish mystics preserved the invisible transcendence of God without doing away with the visual dimension of belief.