Additions to the catalog

I added 14 books to the site/database: Berg, Michael: On Global Responsibility: Kabbalah and the Way to End Chaos Berg, Yehudah: Kabbalah on Sleep Berg, Yehudah: Kabbalah: The Power to Change Everything Berg, Yehudah: The Kabbalah Haggadah: Pesach Decoded Brand Medwin, Michele: A Spiritual Travel Guide to the World of God: Part I: Packing for the Journey Drob, Sanford L.: Kabbalah and Postmodernism: A Dialogue Guetta, Alessandro: Philosophy and Kabbalah:…

Exhibition on rabbi Loew opens in Prague

Excerpt from a news article: An exhibition devoted to the life and legacy of scholar and philosopher rabbi Loew, according to legends a creator of supernatural monster Golem from the early 17th century, opens at Prague Castle on Wednesday to mark the 400th anniversary of Loew’s death. The exhibition, staged by the Prague Castle Authority along with the Jewish Museum in Prague, is opened in the Imperial Stable (Cisarska konirna)…

Addition to the site

I added 16 books to the site/database: Cohn-Sherbok, Dan: A Dictionary of Kabbalah and Kabbalists Fishbane, Eitan: As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist Garb, Jonathan: The Chosen Will Become Herds: Studies in Twentieth-Century Kabbalah Glazer, Aubrey L.: Contemporary Hebrew Mystical Poetry: How It Redeems Jewish Thinking Halbertal, Moshe: Concealment and Revelation: Esotericism in Jewish Thought and its Philosophical Implications Hellner-Eshed, Melila: A River Flows from…

Rose: The Memorist (2008)

The Book Giveaway is a simple website, where every week anyone can enter to win one of five books, no strings attached. This week, till Friday, one of the selected books are M.J. Rose‘s The memorist. The description of the book at the site explains why I mention it in this blog. THE MEMORIST follows the compelling adventures of a memory expert, Meer Logan and her father Jeremy – a…

Pi: The Book of Ants (1999)

The movie Pi had plenty of kabbalistic connections. Turns out that a comic book was also produced in relation to it: Pi: The Book of Ants, written by Darren Aronotsky and illustrated by Edward Ross Flynn. The 28 page book was sold for $2.95 at the time. I learned about it from a 4 color commentary blog post: “…a science fiction thriller about….a renegade mathematician attempting to decode the numerical…

Halbertal: Concealment and Revelation (2007)

Froward has a detailed review of Moshe Halbertal‘s “Concealment and Revelation: Esotericism in Jewish Thought and Its Philosophical Implications.” Here is the key of the article: As Moshe Halbertal shows in his brilliant new book, though, the way we understand the “hidden” has evolved over time. Halbertal argues that the three strands of Jewish esotericism that all developed in the 12th and 13th centuries — Kabbalah, philosophy and astrology —…

Berg: The Spiritual Rules of Engagement (2008)

The prolific Yehuda Berg published another book in April: “The Spiritual Rules of Engagement: How Kabbalah Can Help Your Soul Mate Find You.” Here is quickdfw.com‘s (where I first found about the book) take on it The basic idea: At the beginning of the universe, there was a Divine Force. It created a vessel, which was both female and male. But the presence of both genders made it shatter, and…

VanderMeer: Steampunk (2008)

I learned from Bob’s Book Reviews that the Steampunk anthology (edited by  Ann and Jeff VanderMeer) that intended to introduce the Steampunk genre to wider audiences includes “Ted Chiang‘s “Seventy-Two Letters” a golem story, set in a world in which automata are animated by the magic of the Kabbalah (and face opposition from the equivalent of Luddites).”

The Unborn (movie)

Being focused on Kabbalah I have to mention that there is a new movie out, which incorporates some Kabbalistic themes into its horror story: The Unborn. Here is the Wikipedia synopsis: “The Unborn is a supernatural thriller that draws upon the legend of a dybbuk, a malevolent spirit that refuses to leave the human world and inhabits the body of a person. Protagonist Casey Beldon (Odette Yustman) is plagued by…

Lisiewski: Kabbalistic Cycles and the Mastery of Life (2005)

Larry Coleman wrote a review about Joseph C. Lisiewski‘s “Kabbalistic Cycles and the Mastery of Life.” This is a non-Jewish, astrological approach. Here is a short segment from Larry’s review: “This book describes the planetary hours and how to use them in your daily life. … The basic premise of the book is that there are cycles that affect everything that goes on. The cycles used in the book are…