Rabbi Yechiel Bar-Lev: Song of the Soul

Song of the SoulI recently learned about Rabbi Yechiel Avraham Bar-Lev, a hassid rabbi in Israel and his Yedid Nefesh institute. At the website of the latter I found one English language book “Song of the Soul: Introduction to Kaballa.” The full title, inside the books also includes this segment: “Based on Rabbi Chaim Moshe Luzzatto’s Kalach Pitchei Chochma.” The whole book is posted online as a series of images. Right now at Amazon only one used copy is available, for over $70. Let me post here its shortened table of contents to generate interest.

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Abbreviations and Glossary
  • Part One: Concerning Will
    • Chapter 1: Types of Will
    • Chapter 2: Light and Illumination
    • Chapter 3: The Order of Gradual Unfolding
    • Chapter 4: The Creator’s Ratzon – The Root of All reality
    • Chapter 5: Substance and Form
    • Chapter 6: The Elements of Form
    • Chapter 7: Worlds of Atzilu, Beri’a, Yetzira, and Asi’ya
  • Part Two: The Sefirot
    • Chapter1: The Definition of the Concept of Sefirot
    • Chapter 2: The Sefirot of Thought – Keter, Hochma, and Bina
    • Chapter 3: The Division of the Sefirot
    • Chapter 4: The Order of the position of the Sefirot
    • Chapter 5: Concerning Hanhaga and Hashgacha
    • Chapter 6: The Names of the Sefirot and their Appellations
    • Chapter 7: The Sefirot and the Structure of Material Man
    • Chapter 8: The Essay “Petach Eliyahu
    • Chapter 9: Names, Gematria and Combinations
  • Part Three: Further Topics in Kabbalah
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1: The Concept of Tzimtzum
    • Chapter 2: The Reshinu and the Ray of Light
  • Part Four: Adam Kadmon
    • Chapter1: The Kav which brought order to the Ten Sefirot
  • Part Five: The World of the Spotted, the World of Chaos, the Breaking of the Vessels
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1: Reason and Result: The Spiritual Dimension
    • Chapter 2: The Shattering of the Vessels
  • Part Six: The World of Repair
  • Part Seven: Partzufin
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1: Concerning the Partzufin
    • Chapter 2: The Partzuf Atik Yomin
    • Chapter 3: The Partzuf Arich Anpin
    • Chapter 4: The Partzufin Abba and Ima
    • Chapter 5: The Partzuf Ze’ev Anpin
    • Chapter 6: The Partzuf Nukva
    • Chapter 7: The Partzufim Leah and Rachel: Two Aspects of Nukva
    • Chapter 8: Ascent of the Worlds
    • Chapter 9: The Purpose of Worshipping God is to Bring About the Coupling of Ze’er Anpin and Nukva
  • Part Eight: Selected Notes
    • On Godliness
    • Belief in the Unity of God
    • Man’s Image
    • Reason and Result – Creation Ex Nihilo
    • On Prophecy
  • Endnotes

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1 Response

  1. Bayla Neuwirth says:

    Song of the soul is now available on amazon.com for $34.95 and up.

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