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Overview

Scattered throughout many kabbalistic and hasidic texts are numerous teaching stories with reincarnation as their central theme. Now, for the first time, you can read 70 of these fascinating tales in a single volume, collected and retold by master storyteller, Yonassan Gershom. The author begins with an over-view of basic themes about the afterlife, such as the judgement of souls before the Heavenly Court, the mystical significance of the Covenant at Sinai, the process of tikkun olam (repairing the universe), and some reasons why human beings return to earth in new bodies. He then takes you on an exciting journey through many centuries of Jewish tales, where you will meet dozens of saints and sinners, animals and humans, angels and mortals–all attempting to work out their past-life karma through applying the teachings of the Torah in earthly life. In order to make the classical stories understandable to the modern reader, each tale has been ex-panded to include clear explanations of cultural and religious details. So skillfully does Gershom weave this material into the narrative itself, that the reader scarcely notices how a gentle form of education is taking place. By the time you have finished the book, you will not only have been entertained, but will have completed an excellent introduction to Jewish spirituality as well. Both classical and contemporary tales are included here, from sources as widely varied as kabbalistic texts, folklore anthologies, and discussions on the Internet. Of special interest are several new tales collected by the author himself, which have never before appeared in print.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765760838
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Reb Yonassan Gershom is a hasidic storyteller, teacher, and writer. He utilizes techniques from Jewish mysticism to help seekers integrate traditional religious practices with personalized holistic consciousness. He is the author of Beyond the Ashes and From Ashes to Healing, two books on documented cases of reincarnation from the Holocaust period, and 49 Gates of Light: Kabbalistic Meditations for Counting the Omer.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Basic Themes 11
Ch. 1 Heaven and Earth 25
Ch. 2 Redeeming Sparks 51
Ch. 3 Rebirth or Gehenna? 79
Ch. 4 Recycled Souls 99
Ch. 5 Animal and Human 115
Ch. 6 Who was Who 135
Ch. 7 The Hasidic Masters 159
Ch. 8 Jews by Choice 191
Endnotes 215
Glossary 251
Biographical Index 261
Bibliography 267
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