Stavish: Kabbalah for Health & Wellness (2007)

I have to admit I do not have much faith in this book, but it is new and out and might relate to Kabbalah, so feel obliged to mention it. I am talking about Mark Stavish’s Kabbalah for Health & Wellness. This page claims that he is “ong-time student of esotericism and has written over a two-dozen critically received articles, book reviews, and interviews on western esoteric philosophy and practices.”…

Magickal Judaism Academic Resources

Here is Liorah Chanah‘s blog entry in which she collected “Magickal Judaism Academic Resources.” I am afraid I will shamelessly lift from her list the books that are not yet in my collection. Besides the articles she lists about 30 books. And links to more at Meir Bar-Ilan’s page at Bar Ilan University. Who in turn links to Scott B. Noegel at my own University of Washington. Thank you all.

Kabbalist Big-Bangism

I followed the tracks from an Associated Press article at Combined Jewish Philanthropies that starts with “A Jewish organization is demanding an apology from a Georgia lawmaker after a memo using his name claims that evolution was a myth propagated by an ancient Jewish sect.” The website in question is http://www.fixedearth.com and the lawmaker is Representative Ben Bridges. This is one of the most confusing website I have seen in…

Berg: Kabbalah on Love (2006)

The ever prolific popularizer of Kabbalah , Yehuda Berg, published a book on “Kabbalah on Love“, with the subtitle “Technology for the Soul.” Digital Cubics’ blog copied the summary from Amazon: “Berg makes the distinction between love and need — which is a selfish product of ego — and reminds readers that only after connecting with the love within, and learning to love themselves, can they truly love someone else.”…

Gregory/Tintori: The Book of Names (2006)

Oyve, the Daily Southtown told me the plot of a new book: In ‘The Book of Names,’ a fictional, nefarious offshoot sect of the ancient Gnostic tradition known as the Gnoseos has learned the identities of 33 of 36 lamed vovniks and has systematically assassinated them to hasten the end of the world. Sounds like we’ve got a Kabbalistic Da Vinci Code on our hands. And not just on ours,…

Whitehouse: Living Kabbalah (2004)

Yet another Kabbalah book that does not fit my basic focus: Jewish Kabbalah. This one sounds new age-y as well, for example at Powell it is listed under (alternate) spirituality. But at Amazon.com it is in the top 700,000, which is not the worst possible place. The single review there is detailed enough to get a picture what the book might be about: tarot, food, tree of life, finance, ten…

Lévi and the Kabbalah (2006)

Here is a review (or more like description) of a book that does not fit into my narrow Jewish Kabbalistic interests on at least multiple accounts. Éliphas Lévi and the Kabbalah – The Masonic and French Connection of the American Mystery Tradition by Robert L. Uzzel is about Eliphas Levi, who despite sporting Hebraic name was a Frenchman (from the 19th century). It was written by a Christian theologian. But…

Commemorating the Safed earthquake

On January 1, 1837 an earthquake shook and destroyed most of the city of Safed and Tiberias at 2 PM. There were between 2 and 4000 victims. This HaAretz article covers the story through the eyes and words of the people who gathered to commemorate the event. They quoted Rabbi Avraham Dov Auerbach of Avritch [1765-1840, a Rebbe in Europe for forty years and in Zefat for ten, a disciple…

What Kabbalah books are about?

This Chabad article by Naftali Silberberg summarizes somewhat cynically what Kabbalah books are about: Open up a book of Kabbalah, and you will discover that: a) there are countless spiritual worlds. b) In actuality nothing exists but G-d alone; everything else–including ourselves–are merely extensions of the Divine energy. c) Everything which occurs is for the best, because all is preordained by G-d. d) The physical is absolutely trivial. Torah, prayer…

Mirta Kupferminc: Borges and the Kabbalah

Mirta Kupferminc is an Argentinean Jewish artist. She published five books, The word “publish” may not directly apply to her work, because they are handmade individual artworks. One of them is Borges y la Cábala, senderos del Verbo (Borges and the Kabbalah: paths to the Word.) Its 123 pages contain 29 original etchings. Below is a picture of a page from it. I would love to see the original, along…