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The gift of Kabbalah : discovering the secrets of heaven, renewing your life on earth
Frankiel, Tamar, 1946-
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Woodstock, Vt. : Jewish Lights Pub., [2001]

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xvii, 230 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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BM525 .F747 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The first comprehensive, down-to-earth introduction to explain the primary message of Kabbalah--that we are to become like God.

Unlike the faddish books that just discuss Kabbalah as a magical system, or those that treat it as if it were separable from Judaism, this inspiring book makes accessible the mysteries of Kabbalah with thorough scholarship and depth of spiritual insight. It traces the evolution of Kabbalah in Judaism and sets forth its most important gift: a way of revealing the connection that exists between our "everyday" life and the spiritual oneness of the universe. Including hands-on "personal Kabbalah" exercises that help bring the teachings into your life, The Gift of Kabbalah explores:

Healing from the Source Holiness in the Ordinary Contemplating Your Place in History Building a Positive Structure for Life The Soul's Contract with God ... and much more.

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Booklist Review

Despite the many books that have come out about Kabbalah in the past few years, there is still a place for a volume that is basic enough to be understandable by general readers yet intriguing enough to foster readers' interest in Jewish mysticism. This title neatly fits the bill. Frankiel, who is a teacher of mysticism and the author of a number of books on Judaism and the spirit, offers a guide to Kabbalah that provides both practical information and historical background. Her perceptive introduction presents Jewish mystical texts and explains why Kabbalah, always for the few, is now revealed to the many. She then goes on to give readers a "Kabbalistic map" to Jewish mysticism, using an illustrative Tree of Life that entwines metaphor and insights with the human body. A final section offers personal ways to incorporate Kabbalah into one's life. This solid, revealing overview gives readers much to ponder and serves as an excellent starting point for those who want to know more. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

The daunting challenge of explaining the complexities of Jewish mysticism is vigorously but unsuccessfully tackled by Frankiel, who teaches the history of religions at the University of California, Riverside. A frequent lecturer on Kabbalah, Frankiel has authored and coauthored books on this and related topics (The Voice of Sarah, Minding the Temple of the Soul and Entering the Temple of Dreams). She refers to this book as an "invitation to study Kabbalah," a beginner's guide for Jews and non-Jews alike. After a brief history of Kabbalah, Frankiel plunges into her explanation but quickly loses readers by strained definitions of anthropology and cosmology, followed by arcane Kabbalistic concepts and language. Throughout, she struggles to personalize Kabbalah as a "path of action" for individuals, promising self-discovery and life enrichment. To this end, the book's final section delineates a variety of practices including meditation, contemplation, prayer and affirmations. Frankiel concludes with an abstruse discussion of Kabbalistic astrology, replete with signs, planetary placements, degrees and colors. This final presentation is so labored and esoteric as to underscore Frankiel's failure to meet her own objective of clarifying and simplifying Kabbalah. Instead, readers will continue to be bewildered about Kabbalah, even if they manage to wade through the entire book. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved