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…

Waxman tour

Bob Waxman, the author of Kabbalah Simply Stated issued a press release: ” Announces His New Schedule of Kabbalah Educational Events”. However the events are not listed in the press release itself. It took a bit of thinking to find them on his poorly designed website, but then the state was not listed. It looks to me that he is doin a small circle in his neighborhood only. None of…