Children's Religion NOTES Though many young people have heard about Kabbalah, most likely because it is a faith tradition embraced by some celebrities in recent years, few know exactly what Kabbalah is. Two new books help to illuminate the subject. In The Secret World of Kabbalah, Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams defines Kabbalah as "hidden wisdom" and describes it as "the journey to become as closely in touch with God as you can." She takes a practical approach, exploring elements of Jewish mysticism and the basic Kabbalic texts as well as numerology in the Hebrew alphabet. She also addresses questions such as "What does Kabbalah teach about astrology, angels, reincarnation, karma and magic?" and "What's with those red strings?" Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Gr 5-9-Kabbalah is defined as "the journey to come as closely in touch with God as you can." Abrams gives rudimentary explanations of it in kid-friendly language under intriguing chapter headings, including: "Finding Kabbalah Through The Hebrew Alphabet," "Why Is Kabbalah Kept So Secret And Why Do You Have To Be Ready To Learn It?," and "What Does Kabbalah Teach About Astrology, Angels, Reincarnation, Karma, And Magic?" Black-and-white illustrations are scattered throughout. This book may be the first of its kind to address and simplify this complicated subject for a young audience.-Lisa Silverman, Sinai Temple Library, Los Angeles Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.