History & Varieties Of Jewish

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The History and Varieties of Jewish Meditation is a user-friendly guide designed to familiarize the reader with the vast expanse and incredible diversity of traditional Jewish meditation. The material included in this volume is drawn from the great treasure chest of Jewish spiritual heritage, namely, the Hebrew Scriptures. Accordingly, special attention is paid to specific biblical figures and seminal passages, while much of the discussion concentrates on standard kabbalistic and hasidic sources such as the Zohar and the writings of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. In The History and Varieties of Jewish Meditation, Mark Verman examines a wide variety of meditative practices, spanning many centuries, by translating primary kabbalistic sources and providing the reader with intelligible readings of the different techniques found in the Jewish meditative tradition. As the reader will discover, there is no one dominant form of traditional Jewish meditation. Rather, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of disparate techniques, ranging from visualizations of Divine names to candle gazing and chanting. Verman also offers an historical overview of ancient Jewish meditation, starting with the biblical period and continuing to early rabbinic times. Pertinent later commentaries are also cited to elucidate these sources. This background discussion provides the reader with a basic orientation to the tradition of Jewish meditation. This work seeks to combine the academic virtue of methodical study with the creativity and spontaneity of Divine discovery. Some sections, such as Chapter 1, "The Ancient Roots of Jewish Meditation," are more historical in orientation. Others, like Chapter 6, "Breathing," are more experientially focused. The richness of the Jewish meditative tradition is highly adaptable to promoting widespread spirituality. The History and Varieties of Jewish Meditation is a step in helping the reader incorporate the practices of this tradition into his or her own personal spiritual repertoire.

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Editorial Reviews

Jewish Book World
As witnessed by the abundance of new publications dealing with Jewish meditation, there are dozens, if not hundreds of different traditional and modern techniques, including their historical background and modern translations of appropriate texts. But more importantly, the author has striven to create a "user-friendly" guide to traditional Jewish meditation.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In spite of the mystical tradition that runs so deep in Judaism, very little has been written about the history of meditation in Judaism. Verman's book combines history and practice as it examines the diversity of Jewish meditation practices in great depth. Verman begins with a study of the roots of Jewish meditation in ancient Israel and proceeds to explore the development of a number of meditation practices, including music and chanting, that enable practitioners to bridge the gap between God and themselves. The author also comments on the ways that meditation techniques such as breathing and body posture prepare the practitioner for the experience of meditation. By retelling the stories of the great rabbis and their instructions on meditation, Verman beautifully grounds the contemporary practice of Jewish meditation in the history of Judaism itself. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568215228
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/7/1977
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Ancient Roots of Jewish Meditation 1
2 Orientation and Preparation 19
3 The Role of Nature in Jewish Spirituality and Meditation 45
4 The Body and Postures in Prayer and Meditation 67
5 Nocturnal Spirituality and Kiddush Ha-Shem 95
6 Breathing 111
7 Music and Chanting 131
8 An Ancient Meditation 151
9 Perceiving the Light 161
10 Heart-Centered Spirituality 177
11 Yichudim: Unifications 191
12 Conclusion 211
Glossary 215
Selected Bibliography 219
Credits 225
Index 227
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