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Overview

A guide to the Sabbath and Jewish Holy Days based on the teachings of Rabbi Rafael Moshe Luria, a modern master of the Kabbalah and a direct descendant of the great 16th-century Kabbalist, R. Isaac Luria.

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Two rabbis, a world apart (Benyosef in Jerusalem, Wolf in Australia), take quite different approaches to bringing the Kabbalah to modern readers. Kabbalah, a set of ancient mystic Jewish teachings, dates from ancient times but reached its flowering in 18th-century central Europe. Over the centuries, there have been many great teachers of Kabbalah. Benyosef bases his teachings on those of Rafael Moshe Luria, a modern master of Kabbalah and a direct descendant of the famous 16th-century Kabbalist R. Isaac Luria. Benyosef guides the reader through the holidays and festivals of the Jewish year and shows how these events can be celebrated and understood via concepts developed by Moshe Luria. The text will speak to those already familiar with the Kabbalah and who wish to contrast the Lurian approach with that of other Kabbalists. Beginners will find the text rough going. In contrast, Wolf (who bases his teachings on those of the late Lubavicher Rebbe Schneerson) shows how the Kabbalah fits into other mystic traditions such as Zen Buddhism and Hinduism. Using meditation exercises, Wolf, who is also a psychologist, hopes to bring the reader to inner peace and spiritual communion with God. Recommended for larger religion or Judaica collections.--Olga B. Wise, Compaq Computers Inc., Austin, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826411495
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Letter from Rabbi Chaim P. Sheinberg
Preface
Introduction: Fiery Coals 1
Pt. 1 Shabbat
1 The Infinite Light 7
2 Soul-Union of Shabbat 11
3 The Additional Soul 17
4 Reaching the Shabbat Delight 22
5 The Light of the Crown 27
6 Sickness of the Soul 36
7 Hearing the Angel's Song 40
8 From Shabbat to the Festivals 48
Pt. 2 First Tablets
Passover
9 Affliction 53
10 The Exodus: Passionate Courtship 56
11 I, and Not an Angel 58
12 The Song at the Sea 62
13 Tefillin: Remember the Exodus 66
14 The Tsitsit and the Splitting of the Sea 71
The Omer
15 "Seven Perfect Sabbaths" 76
Shavuot
16 "We Will Do and We Will Hear" 81
17 Children of the Living God 87
Pt. 3 Second Tablets
Rosh Hashanah
18 New Year: Servant, Child, or Soul-Companion? 95
19 Elul: "He placed His Left Hand under My Head" 103
20 Drawing Down the Hidden Light 109
Ten Days of Repentance
21 King Above, King Below 114
Yom Kippur
22 "Return to Me out of Love" 121
Sukkot
23 Eternal Joy 128
Shemini Atseret/Simchat Torah
24 Rejoicing with God 135
Pt. 4 Dealing with Concealment
The Temple
25 Days of Affliction: Darkness before Dawn 143
26 Tisha B'Av: Call from the Divine 149
27 "My Eyes, My Eyes, Are Flowing with Tears!" 154
Purim
26 The Symbolism of Garments 159
Chanukah
29 Ateret Ha Yesod/The Foundation Coronet 168
30 Shovavim/Rebellious Children 176
Epilogue: I Lost My Fire! 187
Conclusion: Finding Your Fire 209
Notes 213
Works of Rabbi Rafael Moshe Luria 225
Index of Names and Subjects 227
Index of Passages 237
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