Ariel: Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest in Judaism (2006)

In the same Cleveland Jewish News item where it was announced that David S. Ariel will step down from the presidency of Siegal College I learned of his “Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest in Judaism” book and that he will be working on another one next year. There are so many introductory texts to Kabbalah by now that it is hard for one to stand out. However this books is not…

Kushner: Kabbalah: A Love Story (2006)

I learned from the Cleveland Jewish News, but could have learned from many source about Lawrence Kushner‘s first fiction book Kabbalah: A Love Story. As I was educated by so many of his previous books I am looking forward to read this novel. Both the Cleveland review tells more of the story line and thinks of the book as s collection of interesting ideas and enjoyable fiction at the same…

Waxman: Kabbalah Simply Stated

I came across this press release, announcing Robert Waxman’s new service: Kabbalah Lessons By Phone. His latest (and as far as I can tell only book is Kabbalah Simply Stated: A Conversation with the Rabbi, from 2004. I have not read it, but I am sure that my personal approach is different than his. He advocates that Kabbalah can and should be studied by everyone. For him Kabbalah provides a…

Dante’s Equation

Last year, when I was taking a class on Religion and Film, I had an idea that I wanted to write up, but didn’t get to it. I had an epiphany that 2001: A Space Odyssey. make sense if we think in five dimensions. I was struggling to interpret the final scenes, when the protagonist seemingly goes through a whole life cycle, while at the same time retaining his essence.…

Goldwag: The Beliefnet Guide to Kabbalah

This (from The Salt Lake Tribune) was the first of the few reviews I bumped into about Arthur Goldwag’s The Beliefnet Guide to Kabbalah. It quotes Rabbi Lawrence Kushner’s introductsion “this includes ghosts, dybbuks, golems, weird dreams, bizarre coincidences, Bible codes, and secret cantations, as well as mostly everything in the general category of ‘Beam me up, Scotty’ ” – as mystical. The book’s official website at Beliefnet includes a…

Kellman: Matrix Healing

This NY Sun article pointed me to Dr. Raphael Kellman‘s Matrix Healing: Discover Your Greatest Health Potential Through the Power of Kabbalah. I am not particulalry endorsing it as I haven’t read it. I am a bit wary of the marketing type lino arodun the book, like this one: The ancient mystical tradition of Kabbalah shows us that within our day-to-day material world there is an unseen world, a place…

Lowney: A Vanished World

Here is another book not directly of the Kabbalah, but should be mentioned: Chris Lowney’s A Vanished World: Medieval Spain’s Golden Age of Enlightenment. An excerpt from the press release: “A VANISHED WORLD” chronicles religious minorities worshipping in freedom; an inspired rabbi conceiving the insights of the still-influential Kabbalah; and Jewish scribes interpreting Arabic classics for Christian princes.

Auslander: Beware of God

I learned from this Jerusalem Post review about Shalom Auslander’s collection of stories Beware Of God: Stories. I was hesitating to include it here, but why not. Here is the relevant part of the review that qualifies the book for this blog: “It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Supremey” is the story of a 37-year-old, low-level assistant in an insignificant branch of a monolithic corporation who acquires instant “wisdom” from a Kabbalah…

Mussar, Tikkun Middot, Morinis

Rabbi Pamela Wax introduced me to a practice in this article that I should have been aware of: “Tikkun middot” is a practice of the Mussar movement. Mussar typically translates as “ethics”. …It is the week of generosity in my “tikkun middot” cycle. Every week has a quality that I engage as a spiritual practice with my friend Helen, a rabbi in San Francisco. One week it might be gratitude.…

Cooper Down Under

Here is the transcript of an conversation with Rabbi David Cooper–the author of God Is a Verb: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism–in an Australian radio show. He talks about Kabbalah as a universal practice, Abraham Abulafia, practice and tradition, red strings, the Kabbalah Center and Madonna. Informative, little quick piece. I liked that he didn’t outright condemn the Kabbalah Cneter but put a perspective on it saying “when…