Kabbalah for Beginners

Kabbalah for Beginners

by Rav Michael Laitman
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Kabbalah for Beginners by Rav Michael Laitman

This book answers such key questions as 'Why are we here?' 'Why is there pain?' and 'How can we make life more enjoyable?' The book describes the emergence of Kabbalah and its prominent figures, the essence of the wisdom, and previously hidden revolutionary Kabbalistic concepts. Lastly, the book explains how we can make life better and more enjoyable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780978159092
Publisher: Bnei Baruch, Laitman Kabbalah
Publication date: 08/28/2007
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 693,383
Product dimensions: 5.57(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Rav Michael Laitman is a PhD in philosophy and Kabbalah, and an MSC in Medical Cybernetics. He has been researching and teaching Kabbalah since 1976. Between 1979-1991, he was personal assistant and prime student of Kabbalist Rabbi Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag, the firstborn son and successor of Kabbalist Rabbi Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag, known as Baal HaSulam for his authoritative Sulam (Ladder) commentary on The Book of Zohar. Rav Laitman has published more than 30 books in 10 languages and is a world-renowned expert in the wisdom of Kabbalah. He is also a member of the World Wisdom Council, a global think tank headed by Prof. Ervin Laszlo, including prominent scientists, thinkers, and spiritual leaders such as the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Elie Wiesel, and Bianca Jagger. He resides in Bnei Brack, Israel.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction Part 2 One: The Hist ory of Kabalah Chapter 3 1: Kabbalah Chronicles Chapter 4 Stage One 5 Stage Two 6 Stage Three Chapter 7 2: Timeless Teachers of Kabbalah 8 Rabbi Akiva 9 The Turning Point 10 Discovering the Law of Love 11 The Bar-Kokheva Revolt 12 Two Blows to Rabbi Akiva’s Work 13 Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai (Rashbi) 14 From Student to Fugitive 15 The Cave at Piqiin 16 One in Millions 17 Isaac Luria (the Holy Ari) 1534-1572 18 A Man of Mystery and Legend 19 Preparing for the Revelation 20 Rabbi Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag (Baal HaSulam) 1884-1954 21 His Major Works 22 Spreading the Word Part 23 Two: The (Gist of the) Wisdom of Kabalah Chapter 24 3: The Origin of Creation 25 The Spiritual Worlds 26 The Thought of Creation 27 Four Basic Phases (and their root) 28 Phase Four — Craving the Creator’s Mind 29 The Quest for the Thought of Creation 30 The Route 31 Using the Screen 32 Workable and Unworkable Desires 33 The Common Soul 34 The Great Fall Chapter 35 4: Mending Adam to Achieve Perfection 36 The Pyramid 37 The Making of Life 38 As Above, So Below 39 Up the Ladder 40 Building the Vessel 41 The Desire for Spirituality 42 Phase Four — the Phase of Conscious Evolution Part 43 Three: Talk about Reality Chapter 44 5: All in One and One in All 45 Three Boundaries in Studying the Upper Worlds 46 First Boundary—What We Perceive 47 Second Boundary—Where We Perceive 48 Third Boundary—Who Perceives 49 Perceiving Reality Correctly 50 A Nonexistent Reality 51 The Measurement Mechanism 52 The Sixth Sense 53 Create Your Perfect Reality 54 The Thought of Creation 55 Back to the Future 56 Two Approaches, Two Paths 57 Desire Makes for Progress Part 58 Four: Crisis and Correction Chapter 59 6: A New Method for a New Desire 60 The Dark before the Dawn 61 A Brave New World in Four Steps 62 Know Your Limits 63 The Reins of Life 64 Changing Society to Change Myself Chapter 65 7: The Four Factors of Our Make-Up 66 Choosing the Right Environment for Correction 67 No Room for Anarchists 68 The Ego’s Inevitable Death 69 The Cure 70 Fake Freedom 71 Concealment—a Requisite for Free Choice 72 Implementing Free Choice 73 Faith 74 Reason 75 APPENDIXES 76 Appendix One: Frequently Asked Questions 77 What Is the Wisdom of Kabbalah? 78 What Is Spirituality? 79 The Revelation of the Creator 80 Kabbalah Is Not Mysticism 81 Studying Kabbalah 82 Body, Soul, and Reincarnation 83 Appendix Two: Further Reading 84 Beginners 85 Intermediate 86 Advanced 87 All Around 88 Appendix Three: About Bnei Baruch 89 History and Origin 90 The Study Method 91 The Message 92 Activities 93 How to Contact Bnei Baruch

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Kabbalah for Beginners 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am new to Kabbalah. Actually my husband has been studying Kabbalah but could really not explain it to me. I was always wandering why Kabbalah was so important to him that he gave most of the activities that he had enjoyed before and concentrated on Kabbalah. But either he could not explain it or I was a bad listener. Finally, he brought this book home. I am a very slow reader, I like to digest every page, every word. I could not believe that I finished the book in one night. I just could not stop reading it. I was finding the answers for the questions I did not know that I had. I never followed any religion because of my background and I could not say that the my sense of spirituality had gone outside of just enjoying classical music or appreciation of Picasso. This book changed that perception immediately. It opened a new world., or an old world with a new view of it. This book is great start for anyone who not only curious why their husbands gave up watching football on Sundays but anyone who wants to discover the spirtuality. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Avid_ReaderPB More than 1 year ago
This is a great introduction to authentic Kabbalah and is an expanded version of Kabbalah Revealed, also by Rav Laitman. Starting with the History of Kabbalah and highlights of some of the greatest teachers of Kabbalah, this book continues with an easy-to-understand explanation of the wisdom of Kabbalah and an interesting discussion about reality, and concludes with a section called Crisis and Correction. At the end of the book is a section on Frequently Asked Questions about Kabbalah which is also worth exploring. The writing is clear, conversational, and flows easily. Interspersed throughout the book are numerous quotes from renowned Kabbalists that further expound on the topic at hand. I found this a thoroughly enjoyable read and would recommend it to anyone exploring authentic Kabbalah.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great book
Ken Levi More than 1 year ago
Read the sample first. I am very dissappointed
sal80 More than 1 year ago
Kabbalah for Beginners is a powerful small book based on the lectures of Dr. Michael Laitman. It speaks of spiritual perspectives and roots of our behavior and nature's laws. It took me thru all the stages needed to answer the most basic questions of why - why am I here - why now - like this? I found The Dark Before the Dawn (part 4 ch. 6) most fitting for our time. I bookmarked the section to read and read again as events unfold daily. It's that useful for me. The subjects covered in appendix 1 are so full of inspiration it could be a book in itself. The wisdom in Kabbalah for Beginners has presented all the information, background and solutions to enlighten and uplift the mind and spirit for anyone who reads it. I think this is an important book for anyone who is looking for a sound basis in Kabbalah.
kristialam More than 1 year ago
Reading Kabbalah for Beginners is a great way to start learning about the fundamentals of Kabbalah. Rav Laitman has written this book using language that everyone can understand. It starts laying the foundation by teaching the basics and addressing the questions you are asking yourself such as, "Who am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose of my Life?" Anyone wanting to enrich their lives or to become a more meaningful part of this world, will find Kabbalah for Beginners a wonderful way to start their journey by learning about Kabbalah.
PeterL More than 1 year ago
As the title implies, this is a perfect place to begin your exploration of authentic Kabbalah. The book quickly points out that anyone can study Kabbalah. It does not matter what your age, gender or religion might be. The study of Kabbalah is for anyone who has burning questions such as "What is the meaning of my life?" "What is the purpose of my existence?" If you have such questions, you are in the right place. Although this book is a very quick read, it does present the essential ingredients of this path and provide you with a blue print for moving forward. It is a terrific introduction!
peaceseekr More than 1 year ago
For anyone seeking meaning in their lives or anyone who feels that have yet to find a purpose to their existence I hope they are fortunate enough to find any book written by Michael Laitman. I have found that while they all speak of the same thing; they all have something new to offer the reader. The first part of this book speaks about the origin and history of Kabbalah which may peak the interest of any history buff or anyone interested in understanding what Kabbalah says about the creation of mankind. As with any book (and this one is less than 200 pages) the historical perspective feels incomplete, but it provides enough information to lead the reader on a quest of their own for further information. I've found that few people know or have any working understanding of what Kabbalah is about and what they do know is not what Laitman or his organization, Bnei Baruch, teaches. The second part of this book is appropriately named "the gist." There is no mention of red strings and evil eyes as we've heard about in trendy magazines and on television. It does provide exactly what it suggests; a general description of what Kabbalah is all about. The rest of the book deals with "Reality" and "Correction" and also provides a section with common questions and answers. Any serious student of Kabbalah will tell you that further reading and study materials are necessary, but this is a good place to start.
Linda2458 More than 1 year ago
On the first page, the second sentence says," The wisdom of Kabbalah tells us the reason why man exists, why he is born, why he lives, what the purpose of his life is, where he comes from and where he is going after he completes his life in this world." Finally a book that claims it has all of the answers to all of the questions I have been asking my entire life. I of course was a little skeptical at first for one book to possess such knowledge but it is not about a book it is about an ancient wisdom that has been passed down from teacher to student since Abraham. If you have ever asked yourself any of the questions above then you owe it to yourself to read this book!
jimmac18 More than 1 year ago
It¿d a fair guess that 99% of humanity has no idea what kabbalah is. Reliable books on the subject aimed at the general public just started appearing as late as 1995. This book, ¿Kabbalah for Beginners¿, was written by Michael Laitman - one of the foremost kabbalists living today. In it¿s short 64 pages it explains kabbalah correctly, setting the right course for future study. There is also information on how to study and where to get instruction. If you¿ve never heard of Kabbalah or are wondering what it¿s all about I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You¿ve heard about it on TV, maybe you saw some chatter about it on websites and blogs, but you never took the time to investigate. Here you will find a good, understandable explanation of what all the chatter is about. Kabbalah for Beginners will help you sort through your confusion. This book will help you down the path to understanding why we all act the way we do. You will find in this book the current essential principals of the wisdom of Kabbalah and a description of how these principals work. Kabbalah for Beginners will help you to understand the reasons for suffering and pleasure. Most people would not even consider taking a trip to the unknown without an experienced tour guide. Consider this book just that guide. It will help those who really would like to take charge of their lives, taking you on a trip to improving your life. It will guide you through making your life better , more exciting and the wonderful journey it was meant to be. The book will cover the history of Kabbalah as experienced in this physical world. It will explore the origin and structure of reality also will examine your inner realty. A great little book to clear up any confusion or misconceptions you might have previously about this wonderful wisdom of Kabbalah.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to anyone looking for the true meaning of their life. I found that Kabbalah for Beginners was very easy to read and follow. This book had a lot to offer me and all of humanity. I have never understood the purpose of my life, but after reading this book I understand that all of humanity needs to unite, that this is the only way for us to live in harmony, and unless we change ourselves the world will not change for the better. We see that egoism has reached such intensity and this is the underlying basis for all the pain and suffering humanity is experiencing. We all have a misunderstanding of Nature¿s rules, the only way we can minimize our suffering is by applying The Wisdom of Kabbalah. Kabbalah is a Science anyone can study and apply in their day to day life. Kabbalah is a method that can help transform our human egoism into altruism, living together as one and not feeling separated. Anyone that is looking for the Truth, look no further this book has it all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kabbalah for Beginners is a wonderful book, full of many details about Kabbalah while remaining a delight to read. As someone interested in Kabbalah but not knowing much about the topic I found that I enjoyed reading Kabbalah for Beginners and felt that I knew much more about the subject than I expected from a beginning book. I highly recommend reading this no matter what one's interest level is!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The question of receiving maximum enjoyment while still living in this world is the central question of our existence; all other questions are just little pieces of it. The science of Kabbalah answers this question in a systematic and practical way. However, these great pleasures will be avalable to you only after some serious spiritual improvements. The book 'Kabbalah for Beginners' by Michael Laitman is the best place to start your spiritual growth in the right direction. Once you start reading this book (and the rest in the series) your eyes will literally open and you will see the TRUTH about the structure of the world. D.K.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a true seeker, and a scholar of Kabbalah, I found this book for beginners a masterly comprehensive spiritual work. I feel that its ultimately hopeful and unique insights will certainly help all the readers on their spiritual journey. I feel priveleged that I discovered this author, who is truly a giant of a Kabbalist.