Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow

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"According to the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah, Ehyeh, or "I shall be," is the deepest, most hidden name of God. Arthur Green, one of the most respected teachers of Jewish mysticism of his generation, uses this simple Hebrew word to unlock the spiritual meaning of Kabbalah for our lives." "Blending Jewish theology and mysticism, Green invites us on a contemporary exploration of Kabbalah, showing how the ancient Jewish mystical tradition can be retooled to address the needs of our generation." Drawing on the Zohar and other kabbalistic
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Overview

"According to the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah, Ehyeh, or "I shall be," is the deepest, most hidden name of God. Arthur Green, one of the most respected teachers of Jewish mysticism of his generation, uses this simple Hebrew word to unlock the spiritual meaning of Kabbalah for our lives." "Blending Jewish theology and mysticism, Green invites us on a contemporary exploration of Kabbalah, showing how the ancient Jewish mystical tradition can be retooled to address the needs of our generation." Drawing on the Zohar and other kabbalistic texts, Green examines the fundamental ideas and spiritual teachings of Kabbalah, encouraging today's modern seeker to stretch to new ways of thinking with both heart and mind, setting us on a rewarding path to the wisdom Kabbalah has to offer.
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Publishers Weekly
In Hebrew, the word "Ehyeh" ("I shall be") is the most sacred and secret name for God. It is this word that drives Arthur Green's Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow, a well-informed introduction to Kabbalah for the spiritual seeker. It is tremendously refreshing to read a Kabbalah book that draws from the well of Jewish scholarly tradition but also successfully speaks to a larger audience. Green, who has studied Jewish mysticism for more than 40 years, has evolved from one who dabbled in psychedelics and Kabbalah in the 1960s to a teacher whose erudition bridges the gap between Kabbalah scholarship and popular interest. After a sensitive autobiographical introduction, Green settles into chapters that explore Kabbalah in the past, present and future. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This book's title is, according to Jewish mystical teachings, the deepest and most hidden name of God and can be translated as "I shall be." Green (Jewish thought, Brandeis Univ.) claims to be writing for seekers, whether they are Jewish or not, though he does presume "some experience in the spiritual realm" on the part of his readers. He provides an easily digested overview of the history of Kabbalah, the central works and teachings, its relevance for today, and thoughts about its future. Green comfortably shares much of his own personal search while providing suggestions and opportunities for readers to incorporate elements of the Kabbalah into their own spiritual practice. An especially valuable epilog gives suggestions for further study in English, an exhortation and broad method for learning Hebrew, and a detailed road map for even deeper learning once Hebrew is mastered. Substantive but not overwhelming, the book serves well as an introduction to this complex and often oversimplified tradition. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Stephen Joseph, Butler Cty. Community Coll., PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580232135
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,004,468
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Green, PhD, is recognized as one of the world's preeminent authorities on Jewish thought and spirituality. He is the Irving Brudnick professor of philosophy and religion at Hebrew College and rector of the Rabbinical School, which he founded in 2004. Professor emeritus at Brandeis University, he also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he served as dean and president.

Dr. Green is author of several books including Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow; Seek My Face: A Jewish Mystical Theology; Your Word Is Fire: The Hasidic Masters on Contemplative Prayer; and Tormented Master: The Life and Spiritual Quest of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav (all Jewish Lights). He is also author of Radical Judaism (Yale University Press) and co-editor of Speaking Torah: Spiritual Teachings from around the Maggid's Table. He is long associated with the Havurah movement and a neo-Hasidic approach to Judaism.

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Table of Contents

Confession, By Way of a Preface
Introduction: Ehyeh As a Name of God 1
1 Kabbalah Old and New 9
2 There Is Only One 19
3 Torah: Creation's Truth Revealed 29
4 Sefirot: The One and the Ten 39
5 'Olamot: Four Steps to Oneness 61
6 Shemot: The Way of Names 74
7 Seeking a Path 91
8 Great Chain of Being: Kabbalah for an Environmental Age 106
9 All about Being Human: Image, Likeness, Memory 120
10 What about Evil? 138
11 The Life of Prayer 153
12 Community: Where Shekhinah Dwells 166
Epilogue: To Keep on Learning - Where Do I Go from Here? 176
Notes 187
About Jewish Lights 193
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