Vulliaud: La Kabbale Juive

This blog and site is about books published in English. Yesterday, however, I got into a little research that led me to some French books, I found worthy mentioning here. An online friend of mine asked me about Paul Vulliaud. I found a French Wikipedia page, but my knowledge of that language is not good enough to understand everything. It is clear that he was a French Catholic theologian, (Lyon,…

Berg: Education of a Kabbalist

Last night I accidentally found a bookshop in Novato, CA on my way to dinner that was in the process of closing down for good. The Odyssey bookshop was selling everything for 80% off. Even thought I only had 10 minutes to look around I managed to pick up seven books for 15 dollars. Two of them should be mentioned here. In Praise of the Baal Shem Tov is a…

Laszlo and Laitman

On a Hungarian forum on Kabbalah somebody posted a slightly ambiguous message indicating that there is a book written together by Micheal Laitman and Ervin Laszlo. I deeply respect Ervin for his work in the Club of Budapest. My father who worked together with Laszlo in various projects introduced the man and his body of work to me that I found noble and inspiring, although a bit too abstract for…

Tree vs. Tube design

This is old news, but I like the image so much that wanted to share it. John Coulhart designed a variation on the classic depiction of the ten Sephirot. It is using the look and feel of the well-known map of the London underground system. He made the design available on CafePress, a company which prints your design on mugs, t-shirts, sweaters and other objects. However CafePress pulled his item,…

Rabbi Yechiel Bar-Lev: Song of the Soul

I 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…

OUP interview with Joseph Dan

Last week a short interview with Joseph Dan was posted at the Oxford University Press’ blog. Dan is the author of many scholarly books on Kabbalah and is the Gershom Scholem Professor of Kabbalah at the The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The interviewer asks him about the difference between Christian and Jewish Kabbalists, Kabbalah’s relation to magic, Hasidism’s influence, celebrity fad, and recommendations for further resources, beyond his “Kabbalah: A…

The Zohar 4: Pritzker Edition

Stanford University Press started a grand project in 2003 to publish the Zohar in 12 volumes. Daniel Matt is translating the text and writing the extensive commentary. The fourth volume was published last fall. The Stanford Report wrote an article about it last week. Most of the piece are segments of an interview with Matt, on such topics as the difficulty of translating the text and the history of the…

Tzfat-Kabbalah.org

TheStar.com from Canada had a descriptive article about Tzfat and the tourism industry aimed to study to Kabbalah there. Most of the article follows Rabbi Eyal Reiss, the director of The International Center for Tzfat Kabbalah. Their website is a well of resources about Tzfat and how it is immersed into Kabbalah. Plus they have nice pictures of local sites and art pieces too. There Kabbalah is more of an…

ARIFilm video on Kabbalah books

ARIFilms is Bnei Baruch‘s multimedia branch. A year ago they made a three minute movie about Kabbalah books. It is up on YouTube. I noticed that a few weeks ago it showed up on sevenload too. That made me curious where else it has been posted. Here are some other sites I found it, besides the ones embedding the YouTube version: CryoSites DailyMotion Flix55 Vidilife Vimeo VSocial