Haber: Sefiros (2008)

I learned about Rabbi Yaacov Haber‘s (and Rabbi David Sedley) new book titled Sefiros from an entry of Yitzchok Adlerstein‘s Cross Currents blog. The post dismisses most books in English about Kabbalah, but praises this one. Then goes on to argue with or more specifically elucidate whether sefiros are “not descriptions of G-d Himself, but are themselves part of His creation.” The 20 comments are also informative. The book itself…

Mittler Rebbe/Malamud: The Key to Chassidus (2002)

On April 1 I received the first suggestion from a website visitor for a book to be included in this site. Joe Markel recommended The Key to Chassidus. The author was listed as Bitzalel Malamud. I tried to find out more about the book, but it was not listed on Amazon and searching for the author’s name Google gave me only 8 hits. One of those though led to lulu.com,…

Klein: A Mystical Haggadah (2008)

Eliahu Klein‘s “A Mystical Haggadah: Passover Meditations, Teaching, and Tales” was published just in time for this year’s Passover. Here is the book description that appears on every site that lists it: In a generation that has seen an explosion in popularity of books about mystical and meditative traditions, very little has been published about the rich and fascinating mystical traditions of the Jewish holy days. Passover, the first religious…

New ads

On the top of the pages of this site up till now you could see ads served up by Google. These text based advertisements were based on the words found on my website. However the spirit a lot of them represented was not exactly in alignment with the spirit of the site itself. This morning I changed this situation. I replaced the Google ad bar, with my own little creation.…

Kalisch: Sefer Yezirah (1877)

Yesterday I visited the central branch of the local library for the first time. (In the past I usually went to the local branch.) They have about 30-40 books on or related to Jewish Kabbalah. I picked up a gem I haven’t seen or knew about before. It is an 1877 edition of Sefer Yezirah. The spelling was not a typo, although the modern transliteration is Yetzirah. The book is…

Case: Journey to the Soul (2008)

Rabbi Jonathan M. Case self-published a book titled, Journey to the Soul: Kabbalah’s Pathway for Your Present and Future through Outskirts Press. The publisher put up a webpage through which the book can be ordered and even issued a press release. The author has a blog and a website  and the book is available even at Amazon.com. One the blog he gives weekly drashot. On the website meditations are posted…

Schwartz: Gabriel’s Palace (1994)

Magdelene, a blog dedicated to “Prayers and Reflections: Spiritual Inspirations from many traditions” posted introduction and two very short stories (related to the Golem/Maharal) from Howard Schwartz‘s   collection of Gabriel’s Palace: Jewish Mystical Tales. The publisher’s (Oxford University Press) page lists the dozens of sources, eras and areas Schwartz collected the 150 stories for this book. Reading either the blog entry or the four and half stories available at Amazon…

Dunn: Window of the Soul (2008)

The Ranger (from Texas) had an interview with James Dunn, the author of a new book titled Window of the Soul: The Kabbalah of Rabbi Isaac Luria. “Author” may not be the most correct term in this case, because most of the book are direct translations from the Hebrew, written by Luria and translated by Nathan Snyder. The interview is using only a few lines from what the author had…

Is Mussar the “New Kabbalah”?

A few weeks ago Jay Michaelson wrote a double book review for Forward on two Mussar related books: Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar by Alan Morinis and A Responsible Life: The Spiritual Path of Mussar by Ira Stone. Michaelson summarizes Mussar as “the moralistic movement within Eastern European Judaism … focuses on rectifying the middot, or character traits, from within. The general contours of Mussar practice are…