Giller: Shalom Shar’abi and the Kabbalists of Beit El (2008)

The Oxford University Press just published Pinchas Giller‘s third book titled Shalom Shar’abi and the Kabbalists of Beit El. Giller  is a popular professor at the American Jewish University (formerly University of Judaism). (I base my assumption on his popularity at the ratings and comments on his Rate My Professor page. ) Here is the book’s description from the publisher, The Jerusalem kabbalists of the Beit El Yeshivah are the…

Scholem/Abrams: Lurianic Kabbalah (2008)

Cherub Press  just published its 22nd volume in their “Sources and Studies in the Literature of Jewish Mysticism” series titled, “Lurianic Kabbalah: Collected Studies by Gershom Scholem, edited by Daniel Abrams” (440 pages, ISBN 1-933379-09-X). Unfortunately (for the purposes of this site/blog) it is all Hebrew. Below is the official blurb. This volume celebrates the groundbreaking work of Gershom Scholem on Kabbalistic literary and mystical activity from the end of…

Schneider/Berke: Centers of Power (2008)

In 2005 Stanley Schneider and Joseph H. Berke published an article in Midstream, titled Discovering Oneself: Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis. Its summary at Amazon reads, Is this desire [or “burgeoning interest in mystical self introspection”] and even obsession to discover oneself a new phenomenon? Or, has this silently and unobtrusively been a part of our lives–we just never realized it or were unaware of the underlying pull and attraction. The notes…

Luria/Wisnefsky: Apples from the Orchard (2006)

Let me show you how I stumbled upon to “Apples from the Orchard.” Sunday Bat Aliya posted an entry on “Books to Inspire You To Make Aliyah and Bring Geula.” One of her recommendations was “Mashiach: Who? What? Why? How? Where? and When?” by Chaim Kramer. The link in her post pointed to the book’s page  at Judaism.com. That book is not specifically about Kabbalah, so I will not include…

Dubov: Inward Bound (2007)

According to Amazon this book was published in December. According to the Devorah, the publisher’s website it came out last October. But the announcing email ended up in my email box only last week. Here it is: Inward Bound: A Guide to Understanding Kabbalah New Book Avoids Pop publicity Surrounding Jewish Mysticism Madonna practices it. Celebrities are studying it. While is seems that Kabbalah is everywhere these days, the information…

New old entries

Over the weekend I imported 43 old entries related to Kabbalah books from my old blog. This note is just a reminder that the entries you see here from before 2008 were originally elsewhere. But I wanted to collect all of my related entries under one umbrella. Some of them were date sensitive, so I did not change their original post date at this new place. This is the reason…

A Day of Kabbalah

Today is the Day of Kabbalah in Manhattan. It is an all day conference, hosted by Rabbi Naftali Citron, who used to be the Chabad rabbi in Santa Cruz, CA, where I met him a few times. It is co-sponsored by The Carlebach Shul, the JCC in Manhattan (where the event takes place) and SinaiLive.com, a “nonprofit initiative committed to assisting high quality Jewish organizations fully realize their multi-media potential.”)…

Hames: Like Angels on Jacob’s Ladder (2008)

SUNY (State University of New York Press) published a new volume in January titled “Like Angels on Jacob’s Ladder” It was written by Harvey J. Hames a Senior Lecturer of Medieval History at Ben-Gurion University, whose previous book was “The Art of Conversion: Christianity and Kabbalah in the Thirteenth Century.” The subtitle of the new book tells us more about its topic, “Abraham Abulafia, the Franciscans, and Joachimism.” For those…

Cohn: Baal Shem Tov: Faith Love Joy (2007)

The Baal Shem Tov foundation published what they call the first authorized edition of stories of Besht. “Baal Shem Tov: Faith Love Joy” was written by the Clevelenad, Ohio based foundation’s director Howard Cohn. Their webpage lists dozens of earlier books of stories, a CD and even a series of six audio tapes. I did nto find enough information about the 158 page bok to give an opinion. But the…