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Simple kabbalah
Zetter, Kim.
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Berkeley, Calif. : Conari Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [1999]

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xiv, 203 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
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BM526 .Z47 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A guide to the complex principles and history of this Jewish mystical belief system, kabbalah, this text outlines the history of this mystic tradition, its key principles, and explains its main symbol, the Tree of Life.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

To convert complex spiritual ideas to clear, lucid terms, Conari Press established the Simple Wisdom series. Simple Kabbalah follows comparable books on Feng Shui and Meditation in attempting to make esoteric topics readily accessible. Kabbalah, or "received tradition," is the Jewish mystical answer to all questions about God, people and the universe, supposedly hidden within the Hebrew Scripture. Kabbalists devote themselves to unraveling these secrets. Zetter, a journalist who specializes in Jewish affairs, began studying Kabbalah 10 years ago when she lived in Israel. She provides a straightforward explanation of Kabbalah and then offers a brief history, beginning in the 12th and 13th centuries, when the canonical text of Kabbalah, the Book of Zohar, appeared. Next, she sets forth key principles of Kabbalah and examines the text of Genesis to demonstrate the techniques Kabbalists use to unearth deeper meanings in received traditions. A chapter is devoted to the Tree of Life, the crucial symbol of Kabbalah, and the book concludes by exploring Kabbalah's significance for human behavior. The labyrinthine mysteries of Kabbalah remain perplexing, but this book is a useful introduction for those who wish to investigate arcane elements of Jewish theology and philosophy. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This latest entry in the "Simple Wisdom" series has the courageous goal of attempting to make the notoriously forbidding practices and ideas of Jewish mysticism of the Kabbalah "simple." Zetter, a longtime journalist on Jewish and Israeli topics, has done an admirable job making Kabbalah accessible, with clear descriptions of the history of Kabbalah, its theology, and of the mystical Tree of Life at its center. Highly recommended, especially for collections where Jewish topics are in demand. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Ira Steingroot
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
1 What Is Kabbalah?p. 1
2 A Brief History of Kabbalahp. 29
3 Some Key Principles of Kabbalahp. 69
4 Understanding Genesisp. 97
5 The Tree of Lifep. 127
6 Practical Kabbalahp. 151
Numerical Chart of the Hebrew Alphabetp. 195
Glossaryp. 197
For Further Readingp. 203
Acknowledgmentsp. 205