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1. The 72 Names of God: Technology
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1. The 72 Names of God: Technology for the Soul
by Yehudah Berg, Yehuda Berg
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Asin: 1571891358
Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
Publisher: Kabbalah Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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The 72 names of God were originally decoded from letters found in a biblical passage describing Moses' miraculous parting of the Red Sea. Rabbi Yehuda Berg translates these 72 names into familiar spiritual concepts, and shows readers how to these names can be useful creeds on the journey toward enlightenment. He explains that "the mystical power of the Hebrew letters that parted those waters can likewise part whatever Red Sea now confronts you in your own life." The letters may be ancient, but Berg's names read like modern catchphrases: "Angelic Influences," "Soul Mate," "Dumping Depression," and "Sexual Energy."Each one gets its own elegantly designed chapter and high impact graphic. Like most Kabbalah teachers, Berg emphasizes the importance of taming ego. Yet Berg also discusses how to keep the ego in check while still attaining sexual satisfaction and prosperity—tricky, but possible. With its stylized presentation and contemporary language, this makes a unique and inviting book on the Kabbalah. --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The recipe for life!
This book is the most amazing text yet written in modern times on the study of Kabbalah. If you have studied Kabbalah, you know the power and the influence of the Hebrew letters. Yehuda Berg has written a beautiful and "easy to understand" book that not only gives you an overview of Kabbalah and how it can transform your life and the world around us, but also gives us the "recipes" on how to use the 72 names to eliminate all forms of chaos from our lives. I have studied Kabbalah for five years, and this book has brought me to a new level of understanding. I suggest you read "The Power of Kabbalah", "The Way", and the "Secret" and then save "The 72 Names of God" as the dessert!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Cutting Edge of Self Help!
Celebrate Yehuda Berg's The 72 Names of God! It is an exciting privilege at this time to learn to use the technology of the Hebrew letters that are the DNA of creation and our soul. These are the keys to open the doors to achieving mind over matter and truly creating miracles in our lives and in others. When meditating on the 72 Names we can use the power of our soul, mind and unseen forces of the universe to achieve higher consciousness, so that we can remove our egos, share with others and achieve genuine sustenance, peace and fulfillment within and way beyond this physical world! The tools in this book have given me the conviction and confidence to see real changes in my life. For example, when I scan on the Hebrew letter combination for Certainty, I truly see a difference in my life that removes doubt. It is amazing!

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
Not only is the book beautiful, but it works.

5-0 out of 5 stars i liked it
im not an expert on kabbalah and i just stumbled across it one day but i have to say that after reading, God is a verb, the power of kabbalah and this book, the 72 names of God i have found something that i am passionate about and that makes me truly excited about God. this book has helped me and whether or not it is "kabbalistically accurate" or not has had no affect on the affect it has had on me. personally i loved it and it has instilled in me emotions that i have never felt with catholicisim, and that is coming from a baptized, confirmed, lifelong catholic.

1-0 out of 5 stars Faux Kabbalah
As a student of the Kabbalah, I have seen how the Kabbalah Centre (lead by this book's author) has been distilling Kabbalistic wisdom and selling it to the mass market.
The way in which this books uses the 72 names of God, as described in the Bahir, is little more than a self-help meditation.


But it may help you if you are looking for just another self help exercise. ... Read more

2. The Way : Using the Wisdom of Kabbalah for Spiritual Transformation and Fulfillment
by Michael Berg
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-09)
Publisher: Wiley
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Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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"The simple and practical wisdom I have gained by reading this book and studying Kabbalah is immeasurable."

"This book will inspire your soul. Michael Berg has accomplished the monumental task of translating the eternal truths of life into spiritual common sense. Without a doubt, The Way will become one of the sacred texts of your own life."
–Caroline Myss, Ph.D., author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Sacred Contracts

The spiritual way of Kabbalah has grown from a hidden treasure into a widespread mainstream movement that has helped people from every walk of life, all around the world, to improve their lives. In this bestselling book, Michael Berg of The Kabbalah Centre–the world’s leading educational institution teaching the wisdom of Kabbalah–shows you how to recognize and understand the key spiritual laws in order to improve your life and the lives of everyone around you. The Way will teach you meditation and prayer techniques and how to reduce emotional chaos and increase personal harmony. At once groundbreaking and so clearly written that it is accessible to anyone following any spiritual path, The Way provides the spiritual power tools to attain true fulfillment and happiness. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Book That Reveals The Light and Makes You Want To Share It
This book is an incredible book. If you were ever curious about Kabbalah this book is the answer. Michael Berg provides the reader with a clear interpretation of the meaning of Kabbalah, the meaning and purpose of life, and practical steps toward transformation. However, by no means should a reader look to Kabbalah as some kind of magic nor should a reader expect instant transformation. True transformation takes understanding, patience, time and a lot of work. Nevertheless, after reading this book one will realize that Kabbalah is a philosophy of truth and when studied will provide its students with a purpose in this world. There are a lot of Kabbalah books on the market today yet only a handful are worth the read. Michael Berg's contribution fills a void. He avoids an academic approach and goes directly to the heart, beauty and meaning of Kabbalah without getting bogged down in ecsoteric meanings, terms and definitions. Buy this book, put it in your personal library and return to it on a periodic basis. Let this book be the springboard on your way to personal and in turn to global transformation. Please note that this reviewer is in no way affiliated with the Kabbalah Center. In fact, this reviewer has some misgivings about the center which thrives by selling fairly expensive courses and products. For those serious students, stick to their free information on their website and another website called

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful introductory book on kabbalah
Looking for a book that puts all the pieces of the puzzle together and opens the door to the age-old questions - why are we here? what is our purpose? how can we improve our lives? - you go! this is a wonderful introductory work on kabbalah and personal spiritual transformation. This book helps tie all forms of mystical teachings together and gives answers where in other places, they may be lacking. If you are looking for answers, kabbalah is the key that unlocks the door and this is an excellent book to begin that journey.

One thing I must add is that kabbalah deals with very deep and profound ideas. The important thing that is brought forward with this book is a way to share those ideas simply so that the broadest part of the public can have access to them in an easy to understand format. This book does that beautifully. The basic philosophy of kabbalah is most definitely something that should be available to ANYONE that is interested in making a difference, both for themselves and for others. The FOUNDATION SHOULD ESPECIALLY BE AVAILABLE TO OUR CHILDREN so that the next generation can get a headstart. Phooey on those who think that hoarding knowledge like this is proper. The reasons for prior secrecy of this knowledge are no longer applicable.

We all must use all the tools at our disposal to become better people and learn how to better help others. This is one of those tools.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lifh Changing
I read this book and it's opened a door for me. No other book, class, teacher, priest or what ever opened this door to a new life change. I felt the force of life awakening inside of me, feel there is a reason to be alive and that the force helps me be strong when push come to shove. Through all my life that I have been in pain, suffering and problems hitting me from all around, I start to look at things differently now. Only Michael Berg with his wonderful book 'The Way' did it for me. Now I can say I am a new person, ready to kick life back into truck and show all those negative forces where they really belong. Now I look at my difficulties in a different way and have a technique how to fight back and get my life as I really disserve. I want to really thank Michael Berg that gave us this book 'The Way' because without it I would be lost forever. My love and best wishes to you and your family.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not a book about Kabbalah at all
This is a watered-down, overly simplified book about a subject worthy of much more serious and accurate commentary. The author has taken one tenet of Kabbalah (receiving for the sake of sharing) and basically written a whole book that repeats the same thing over and over. This is true of all of the books published by the Kabbalah Centre, an organization of questionable origins and fundraising methods. Beware of the underlying yet hidden message in this book-give the Kabbalah Centre your money and you will get more "light".

Please do yourself a favor and read serious works by authentic Kabbalists like Rav Michael Laitman and Rav Yehuda Ashlag. This book trivializes Kabbalah and its true teachings.

5-0 out of 5 stars Do you know what a parable is?
A wonderful book. As with any spiritual reading, take pieces that your soul embraces with you and ponder the things that you don't like and then decide. The one aspect I LOVED were the parabales. For those that have forgotten, they are stories which teach lessons. One of the wonderful things about Judiasm. This book is definitely worth your time. ... Read more

3. Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation
by Aryeh Kaplan, Samuel Weiser
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Catlog: Book (1997-05-01)
Publisher: Weiser Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.92 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for a Kabbalistic Student
This is a text that is absolutely necessary for any in-depth study of Kabbalah. Besides the Zohar, this book is the next most influential text. Although the original author(s) is debated, its antiquity is unchallenged.

This particular rendition by Aryeh Kaplan has a huge commentary, that makes it accessible to even average students of the English speaking world. However, this book is definitely not for the casual reader, you really have to pay attention to details.

The book itself is broken down line by line and delves into the esoteric nature of the study of Kabbalah. This is one of the true practical Kabbalah manuals with its endless combinations and meditations, and workings of the mystical tree that all but the most advanced will find themselves re-reading paragraphs.

The addition of other versions makes this book a good one for the linguistic study of the text and is shown in the original Hebrew as well as English.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Beside the Sephir Yetzirah translated by Carlo Suares and published by Shambhala Books, this is the best. I don't know if the Suares translation is available anymore, but his knowledge of the cabalistic code is how I first learned Cabala. Notwithstanding, there is nothing by Rabbi Kaplan that is not excellent. He was a great scholar. This is by far the most complete treatment of all the Yetziratic material there is. The Sephir Yetzirah is a very holy book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable spiritual guide
Whether you are a long time Kabbalist, or a Christian interested in the roots of your religion, this book is invaluable. Rabbi Kaplan writes about a daunting subject in an easy to understand style. I knew next to nothing about the mysteries of Kabbalah when I purchased this book, but now I understand most of the major Kabbalistic concepts. Do not pass this book up if you are interested in spirtual and mind expansion.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have For Any Serious Student Of The Kabbalah
There is a lot of garbage that is printed on the various aspects of and subjects pertaining to Kabalistic thought and creation, but this is NOT one of them. Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan was a truly phenomenal man, worthy of praise from mystics, rabbis, and the curious alike. It is truly a wonderful coincidence for those lucky enough to meet or sit in on lectures with Rabbi Kaplan that he lived in the last century. Rabbi Kaplan made Kabala accessible to those whose only language is English. While I would recommend other books by this great man, I would also recommend, more than words can express, this work in particular. If you SERIOUSLY want to learn about the Kabalistic paths, this book is one of the best in English to help you along your journey, safely, and honestly. Good Luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best "Book of Creation" Available
This is the most impressive "Book of Creation" that I have come across so far. I was "introduced" to this book through references of other books. The numerous references made me wonder whether this book is good.

Hence I got this book and indeed,.. the author is very knowledgable and complete in his approach. It is the best that I have come across.

If you want to get "Book of Creation" in English, this one is not to be missed. ... Read more

4. The Mustard Seed: Commentaries on the Fifth Gospel of Saint Thomas
by Osho
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Catlog: Book (2004-07)
Publisher: Element Books
Sales Rank: 260844
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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This inspiring book grants us profound insights into the truly universal nature of Jesus' original teachings. With compassion and humor, Osho-one of our century's leading mystics-presents us with a series of discourses on the Gospel of Thomas. Each of Jesus' original sayings is the "seed" for a discourse for the modern seeker, encompassing all realms of human experience-philosophy, science, religion, birth, death, love, fear, anger and guilt. Taking Jesus' words out of their narrower Christian context, Osho blends their wisdom with that of other religious traditions. The Mustard Seed will both inspire and sustain us on our own individual paths of inner transformation. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Right to the heart of matter
No one holds up a mirror to his reader more effectively than OSHO. Pick up any of his books and read one page, and you will forget you are reading, and will realize that you are observing your own life, and your own character. If Krishnamurti is right, that to deeply observe oneself is to solve one's conflicts, than OSHO brings me closer to this than any other author. But that is not all: his writing brims with love and honesty. And in this book he is approaching the greatest advocate for love and honesty that the world has seen: Jesus. It is typical that OSHO studied Jesus; he considered him one the most important enlightened persons in history. He has no need to deify him, just as he does not need to deify anyone. That is not the point for OSHO; the point is, rather, for the person to achieve wholeness, peace, and love. He knows that Jesus is a master who can bring those things to you. He is without peer in having no apparent prejudices whatsoever, in favor of any established institution. He is all about the individual, living in the world. His books have had a major positive impact on my life. The only limitation on this impact is my own fear of or reluctance to change. But these books are beautifully written, and will challenge you to move beyond stereotypes, to become who you should be. And The Mustard Seed is absolutely my favorite book of his. I feel I should address a point brought up by another reviewer, who was very angry about the "anti-semitic" comments, in which OSHO suggests that the Nazis were a punisher that appeared for the Jewish people. It is true that OSHO sometimes strayed a little too far in his analysis. He occasionally is a bit out there, such as in one of his books when he suggests that the trees become scared if you walk into the woods with an axe. But it is important to note that he was not uttering anti-Semitic statements per se; he does not hate Jewish people. Rather, he was attempting to describe (albeit in a very unfortunate manner) the universal nature of the law, that if one sins, somehow one ends up being punished for it. These occasional excesses should not be seen as diminshing his work. These books are transcripts of extemporaneous talks he gave; anyone, talking for hours on end will say a goofy thing here and there. Take my word for it, though, read his books with an open mind, and you will feel your mind opening up and your world expanding. This is not b.s. new-agey stuff; it is the essence of great spiritual writing.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Depths of Wisdom explored
An excellant read, revolutionary thought on the words of Jesus, a must read for seekers on the Path.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Real Jesus
Osho introduces us not to Jesus the 'good man' or 'moral teacher' but to an alive, rebellious Master who can help us discover the innermost secrets of our being. He eats, drinks, laughs with his friends, and becomes a tremendous magnetic force for many who fall in love with him. If you thought you knew who Jesus was, read this book and think again.

1-0 out of 5 stars Anti-Semitism
Leafing through this book in the bookstore I came across a passage that would have been more appropriate to Nazi Germany. This passage argued that the Jews deserved what they got in the Holocaust due to their crucifixion of Jesus Christ. "When a people's guilt is so great, they punisher appears" (see end of Chapter 12). Whatever you do, do not publish my screen name information with this review (if you print it at all), as two followers of Osho have been convicted for conspiracy to commit murder. These two individuals have probably been released by now. Let any buyer who values Peace in this world shun the books of this evil and wicked man.

PS I gave this book a star because "no stars" does not appear to be an option.

5-0 out of 5 stars good to the last drop
This is an excellent work that shows great insight into Christ. It is a terrible shame that the publisher has chosen not to print it. ... Read more

5. The Power of Kabbalah : This Book Contains the Secrets of the Universe and the Meaning of Our Lives
by Yehuda Berg
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Publisher: Jodere Group
Sales Rank: 19591
Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
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At first glance, The Power of Kabbalah seems like an overly simplistic spiritual instruction manual. The language and anecdotes are rabbi-style cozy and the format is exceptionally approachable: one-to-two-page essays. But read a few pages and you're hooked into an experience that immediately promises enlightenment (and eventually delivers it). Although the Kabbalah has its roots in Jewish mysticism, this non-dogmatic manual is applicable to all spiritual seekers. Like Wayne Dyer's bestselling book The Power of Intention, this is actually a book about manifesting the life you want through understanding the laws of spiritual energy and attraction. "To fulfill its giving nature, the infinite force of Energy created a receiver—-in Kabbalah it's called a Vessel,"author Yehuda Berg explains. You guessed it, all of us earth souls represent the Vessel, and our spiritual task is to stop resisting the giving nature of Energy and let our Vessels fill up and runneth over.. This is an obvious choice for students of Jewish mysticism, but it's an equally appropriate book for anyone looking for ancient traditions to support contemporary spiritual discussions about the laws of attraction. --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Keys of happiness
The knowledge of Kabbalah, usually presented as a profound and so difficult wisdom to understand for the layman, has finally found its way out to the mass. Yehuda Berg succeed where most of the kabbalists failed, he presents the rules of life to us in a simple manner yet so enlightning. After you read this book, your vision of life switch totally to a complete new one, you understand that happiness is in your hands. This book brings not only an awsome knowlegde, it also brings hope...

5-0 out of 5 stars The Book for YOU
I rarely come across with books (of this importance) that inspire and tricker that special emotion in me. This book did it and I am eternally Thankful for Yehuda Berg for writing this excellent introduction to Kabbalah and its secrets. Not only that, but he asks you to test these simple, yet very profound, principles and prove them to be so in your own life. Are you fed up with people telling you what to believe about your existence and power within you? I am talking about the power that is accessible to you and able to fulfill your life.

Don't just read this book and accept it from its face value. Rather, experiment with what this special book has to offer and the door to 99% of universe is opened for you. That means, you are living the teaching true. I would say to you as my friend that come out from the cemetry of dead and face the light; with this book it is possible.

You know what truly is the acid test of truth? It is that you are given the tools and can try to disprove the author. Well, he gives you the tools. Try to disprove him; and in so doing, you will be prove these eternal principles valid in your life.

Unfortunately, much of the wisdom of kabbalah has been hidden for ages. People were, until now, denied the access to this wonderful information. Now, since our society allows us greater freedom, it is possible for people like Yehuda Berg to come forward and explain the mystery.

I was a bit sceptical when buying this book -- because I have already read scores of books on the subject of mysticism. Yet this book, though elementary, has all the crucial main points that you need to know.

Highly Recommended. Good buy. Go for it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally a manual for life!
Never had Kabbalah explained in a simpler way. This is a 'must read' book for anyone that is serious about understanding anything in life. You never had it so simple, easy to understand & use. After you read it you want to let everyone know about it. Soon you'll be writing a review for it. It makes the this great wisdom of Kabbalah tangible, actual, concrete and usable. Thank you Yehuda :-)

4-0 out of 5 stars Refreshing
This book was a good place to begin with Kabbalah. Deliberately uncomplicated and refreshing text makes fantastic reading. Simple workable principles are revealed that genuinely improve day to day living.

Berg doesn't boggle the reader with religious texts but instead leaves you wanting to explore more. Inspiring.

The only problem is the first one hundred pages details the basic concepts of creation etc and are slightly tedius. Stick with it, the book comes good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy Beginner Read
For such a profound subject, Yehuda Berg does the ABSOLUTE best job at making it so easy to understand. I read this book over a year ago and keep going back to it to remind myself to live this way. If you apply the principals discussed in the book (in a very genuine way), you should see some changes in your life. I also have another book of his: The 72 Names of God. It is also an excellent book. ... Read more

6. The Power of Kabbalah : This Book Contains the Secrets of the Universe and the Meaning of Our Lives
by Yehuda Berg
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At first glance, The Power of Kabbalah seems like an overly simplistic spiritual instruction manual. The language and anecdotes are rabbi-style cozy and the format is exceptionally approachable: one-to-two-page essays. But read a few pages and you're hooked into an experience that immediately promises enlightenment (and eventually delivers it). Although the Kabbalah has its roots in Jewish mysticism, this non-dogmatic manual is applicable to all spiritual seekers. Like Wayne Dyer's bestselling book The Power of Intention, this is actually a book about manifesting the life you want through understanding the laws of spiritual energy and attraction. "To fulfill its giving nature, the infinite force of Energy created a receiver—-in Kabbalah it's called a Vessel,"author Yehuda Berg explains. You guessed it, all of us earth souls represent the Vessel, and our spiritual task is to stop resisting the giving nature of Energy and let our Vessels fill up and runneth over.... This is an obvious choice for students of Jewish mysticism, but it's an equally appropriate book for anyone looking for ancient traditions to support contemporary spiritual discussions about the laws of attraction. --Gail Hudson ... Read more

7. Kabbalah for Beginners
by Michael Laitman
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Asin: 097323153X
Catlog: Book (2003-01-27)
Publisher: Bnei Baruch
Sales Rank: 11705
Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
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The Kabbalist Rabbi Laitman, who was the student and personal assistant to Rabbi Baruch Ashlag from 1979-1991, follows in the footsteps of his rabbi in passing on the wisdom of Kabbalah to the world. This book is based on sources that were passed down by Rabbi Baruch’s father, Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam), the author of ‘‘the Sulam,’’ the commentaries on The Book of Zohar, who continued the ways of the Ari and Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and many great Kabbalists throughout the generations before them.

The goal of this book is to assist individuals in confronting the first stages of the spiritual realm. This unique method of study, which encourages sharing this wisdom with others, not only helps overcome the trials and tribulations of everyday life, but initiates a process in which individuals extend themselves beyond the standard limitations of today’s world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I learned how to enjoy my life
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.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, simple intro book
This book gives a great (but general) overview about Kabbalah. If you are curious about this subject, this book is a quick read and can inspire you to go ahead and read and learn more. And it comes from an excellent source, Rav Michael Laitman.

2-0 out of 5 stars Was Disappointed
Bought this book because I was interested in learning about Kaballah. However, after reading the book I only have learned a brief history of Kabbalah. Still have no clue exactly on what Kabbalah is or the principles. This book had a high rating by previous readers so I am disappointed I didn't seem to "learn" what they must of learned about Kabbalah. Almost like this is a book to read before you want to know or understand what Kabbalah is.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fabulous introduction to the study of Kabbalah.
What is the meaning of my life ? Is a question that has tormented man for centuries and has caused great philosophers the world over to seek an answer to a question that seemingly can't be answered. Kabbalah is a science which provides the answer to that question and this book will introduce the reader to that science.

I strongly reccommend this book to anyone wishing to get a genuine introduction to the wisdom of Kabbalah.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Way!
Two years ago I came across my first book by Rabbi Laitman and it changed every part in me since putting an end to the constant search for the spiritual pass. Just give it a try and you will see for yourself... ... Read more

8. The Other Bible
by Willis Barnstone
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Catlog: Book (1984-05-23)
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
Sales Rank: 15646
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Gathered here for the first time in one comprehensive volume are excerpted ancient holy texts from Judeo-Christian traditions that were excluded from the official canon of the Old and New Testaments. The Other Bible is a unique sourcebook of essential selections from Jewish Psudepigrapha, early Kabbalah, Haggadah, Midrash, Christian Apocrypha, and Gnostic scriptures.

The Other Bible provides a rare opportunity to discover the poetic and narrative riches of this long-suppressed literature and experience firsthand its visionary discourses on the nature of God, humanity, the spiritual life, the world around us, and infinite worlds beyond this one. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Enlightening look at History/Development of Western Religion
This is a wonderfull compendium of Gnostic, Hermetic and non-cannonical Judeo-Christian scriptures. You will find selected chapters and passages from a ubiquitous array of ancient texts influenced by many faiths and philosophies.

Among other things, this book introduces you to:

-- The origin of the fallen angels and levels of heaven and hell (Book of Enoch et al) later depicted by Dante and Blake.

-- The Nag Hammadi Gonstic texts

-- The Hermetical texts

-- The Manachean texts

-- The Mystical texts of the Dead Sea scrolls and Kaballah

-- Strange Gnostic Christian beliefs from Simon Magus to the almost Satanic Cainites.

-- The complete 'Q'-sourced Gospel of Thomas

-- The Infancy Gospels of Christ

One of my favorite selections, The Infancy Gospel of Thomas, reminded me of the Jerome Bixby SF Classic "It's a Good Life." with little Jesus terrorizing the town (wishing bad people away).

You will clearly understand after reading this book just how hetergeneous the early Christian communities really were in their beliefs. In fact, the earliest beliefs seem more Gonstic in flavor than they later came to be with the establishment of the Roman Church.

I would highly recommend this book to both the scholar and faithfull alike. For the former, it offers a look at the hisotry and development of Western religion and philsophy through original source material, while to the latter, the origin of some widely held notions, particularly about Heven and Hell, can be found here.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent source for apocrypha scriptures
Willis Barnstone did an excellent job in compiling "The Other Bible". This book is one of the best that I've encountered as to having almost all the Gnostic, Pseudepigrapha (Jewish), Apocrypha (Christian)books, and the Dead sea Scrolls translated into common english. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in alternative scriptures for use in problimatic archaeological writing where other written material would be useful. The only problem with the book is the bias I detected on the part of the editor, and the fact that other Christian-Jewish apocrypha were left out of this publication (Ex: The book of Adam and Eve 1 & 2, most all Apocrypha of the early church letters , The Story of Ahikar, and The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs). However, this book does rate very highly as compared to other apocrypha translated books I have read in the past. A must for anyone interested in this type of literature.

5-0 out of 5 stars enlightening
wonderful and diverse text. shows the wonderful diversity of early christianity, apocolyptic jewish sects, and mystery relegions at the cusp of the common era. exceptional veiw of christanity before catholicism.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly These Are Jewels
Willis Barnstone has gathered a number of non-canonical writngs together into what he calls _The Other Bible_. It is not that these other writings ever formed a canon or were ever a part of a canon with the possible exception of the Book of Jubilees. Rather Barnstone has collected writings which have parallel themes to those found in the Bible. He begins with writings in creation myths and follows it with histories, wisdom literature, gospels, acts, and apocalypses. Sounds like the way the Bible is organized, doesn't it? Barnstone has gathered these writings from diverse sources, from Jewish pseudepigrapha, Gnostic writings, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Christian apocrprypha, and Manichaean sources.

Barnstone has selected the best of the best for _The Other Bible_. On page 255 he calls the psalms collected from the DSS the literary jewel of the DSS. In my opinion all of the writings collected by Barnstone are literary jewels. For example, if one wanted to read all of the ancient gospels, one could read Schneemelcher's first volume of _New Testament Apocrypha_. Barnstone has chosen such jewels as "The Secret Gospel of Mark."

This book is especially for readers who have wondered what else there was besides what was in the Bible.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Overview Of Alternate Scriptures
I'm not an expert on the subject of alternate scriptures. However it appears to me that this book provides a good sampling of many different books that never made it into the bible (for good reasons though). These samplings are short enough so as not to dwell too long on any one subject which could become boring if you're not really interested in a particular area too much.

I felt the views expressed in the introductions were not biased towards any specific belief system and were almost scientfic.

Those who don't believe in for example the Gnostic philosophy will probably wonder (as I did) how such an elaborate belief system and philsophy could be created if it wasn't inspired by some god or other. You really have to wonder why people would come up with something like this.

The Raelian organization which wants to start cloning human beings follows some of these Gnostic ideas I believe.

Some of these books were apparently written to entertain people like religious versions of Aesop's fables. However to me the events surrounding the life and death of Christ and His apostles don't lend themselves very well to entertainment purposes.

The main reason I read this book was to pick up some ideas that might be true but which are not in the bible. I did find some of these items. For example a physical description is provided of Abraham's wife Sarah (she was one of the most beautiful women who ever lived) and it tells that Abraham knew the evil pharoah would want to kill Abraham and kidnap Sarah.

In another place it says Abraham went into Egypt to confront the occult forces and the prophet Isaiah was sawed in half. There's a few good items about Moses also.

But these possibly true ideas are few and far between. Most of this book is about things that the Christian and Jewish person will not believe. Many of these alternative philosophies are in direct contradiction to Jewish and Christian beliefs.

For those who are familiar with the Christian gospels some of these alternate gospels which claim to quote Christ can actually be humorous because they don't sound quite the way you expect them to:

Jesus said, "Blessed is he who came into being before he came into being."

Jesus said, "Whoever has come to understand the world has found a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior to the world."

They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to Him, "Caesar's men demand taxes from us. He said to them, "Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, give to God what belongs to God, and give to me what is mine."

"For so long as you do not call yourself mine, I am not what I am; but if you hear me, you also as hearer shall be as I am, and I shall be what I was, when you are as I am with myself; for from me you are what I am." ... Read more

9. Kabbalah of Money
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5-0 out of 5 stars Really liked it..
This is a book that you can read and re-read to make sure that its principles remain grounded within you.I found many of the Rabbi's writings on expending other people's time..speaking of others in disheartening ways..and the value of money and promise to be great reminders of what I should expect from others and what I should be expending myself.It's a great consicous watch-dog for me and I've enjoyed the book immensely.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Kabbalah of Money-- A Critical Review
The Kabbalah of Money is an essential book for anyone who's interested in increasing their personal wealth, improving the quality of life ("tikkun haOlom") or desires insight into theinner workings of successful living.

I've read and re-read this book multiple times since I bought in back in August, 2004.To say it is a business book "...Money" would indeed be a disservice to the reader and Rabbi Bonder.This book is about, first and foremost, understanding how one's behavior-- by thought, speech and action-- influences the environment for good or otherwise.

Let me also point out that it does address business issues, but it does so with ample does of Talmudic wisdom.And, to my pleasure, it is not overly heavyhanded in its scope.

The book does not teach the how to's of getting into business, but the ethical and spiritual aspects.So, for instance, if one is a fan of Mr. Donald "The Art of the Deal" Trump, it would behoove you to have a copy of this while you're watching The Apprentice.It's akin to The Power of Positive Thinking and/or Enthusiasm Makes the Difference by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, but with the obvious Jewish foundation.

I highly recommend this book, it is a gem and its rewards are hidden in its pages.

5-0 out of 5 stars Time Management and Ethics in the Marketplace
In many ways THE KABBALAH OF MONEY is more about time management than it is about money.A theme that weaves its way through the book is that the optimal use of one's time is to devote it to study and learning - not justany studying, however, but the study of the Torah.In Jewish tradition,time is to be divided between study, work, and physiological needs (eating,sleeping, elimination, and leisure).All of our free time, once our workand physiological needs have been met should be devoted to study.

In thisbook, Rabbi Bonder brings together his knowledge of the working of the"marketplace" with Jewish ethical teachings, TalmudicInterpretations, teachings of the Hasidic Masters, Jewish Mysticism, andlogical analysis.Here, marketplace is variously described as: a market ofexchanges and interactions which represents "the infinite quantity ofsmall and great businesses that take place in the universe at any givenminute" and as a place where "each individual's fitness tosurvive is in accordance with his or her own perception of what survivalis."

In keeping with the time theme, one of the problems to be facedhas to do with devoting one's time to amassing wealth.In other words, howmuch is too much?Time that is spent with the objective of accumulatingwealth (beyond that which meets our own needs and is beneficial to others)represents a two pronged loss.First of all, the creation of this type ofwealth creates an offsetting scarcity.Secondly it involves wasting timethat could, and should, be better spent in study.In contemporary terms,the accumulation of excess wealth is not ecologically sound.

Another areaof discussion is the relationship of God to the marketplace.Rabbi Bonderstates that "when a person prays only for material gains his pleas andefforts are wasted.This is because a curtain is brought down betweenhimself and God as a result of material things having been brought into thedomain of the spirit.

This book has had an impact on the way I conduct mylife.Before reading it, my standard reaction to anyone asking for ahandout was a knee-jerk reaction that he'll probably just use it to getdrunk.After reading Bonder's section on dealing with beggars and howthese dealings affect the marketplace, I came to 2 realizations:

1.Sowhat if he does use it for drink.He probably needs the drink more than Ineed the dollar.


2.Who am I to judge anyway.

I highly recommendthis book.In spite of its brevity it's not an easy read.I have barelytouched the surface of a few of the concepts of what the dust jacket refersto as "a broad and ethical view of economic behavior including allforms of exchange and human interaction, from how we spend our money to howwe fulfill our role as responsible human beings in a global ecologicalframework." ... Read more

10. The Red String Book: The Power of Protection( Technology for the Soul.)
by Yehuda Berg
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The Sages of Kabbalah understood that seemingly harmless envious glances and looks of ill will - the evil eye - are, in fact, anything but harmless. They have tangible physical effects and can actually halt progress toward one's potential in every area of life. In this unique book, Yehuda Berg explains the technology powering the Kabbalistic antidote to the evil eye, the Red String. The book shows how and why this simple tool of healing and self-defense has worked for 5,000 years. The book includes a free Red String and a mail-in offer to ward off the Evil Eye. ... Read more

11. The Key to the True Kabbalah
by Franz Bardon
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In the Key to the True Kabbalah, Franz Bardon demonstrates that mysticism of letters and numbers -- the true Kabbalah -- is a universal teaching of great antiquity and depth. Throughout the ages, adepts of every time and place have achieved the highest levels of magical attainment through the understanding of sound, color, number and vibration as embodied in the Kabbalah. This book, the third in Bardon's remarkable texts of Hermetic magic, is nothing less than a practical guide to such attainment.

Using the common German alphabet, Bardon guides the reader through ever greater levels of Kabbalistic achievement. No other available text reveals as great a depth of Kabbalistic wisdom or provides the reader with as much practical training.

Though intended primarily as a working text for those who have completed Bardon's first and second volumes, Initiation into Hermetics and The Practice of Magical Evocation, the present work stands on its own, and even those without the requisite background in practical Hermetics will be fascinated by the author's intellectual journey through the mysticism of Tantric India, Tibet, the Hebrew Kabbalah, and the ancient sources of the Western magical tradition. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Must have for hermetic students step 8 and above!
Where as Practice of magical evocation is not so much needed (in my opinion) because they have so much out there on evocation. KTK is much needed. If begun at step 8 it helps the aspiring magician complete his repitore of magical abilities. It completes the circuit if you will when you attain step 10 of IIH (initiation into heremtics) you can then as diety speak the formulas and therby attain the powers and abilities needed to work as diety. I give it 4 out of 5 stars because it is #1 only truly needed and understood by people on the path and #2 it has some (minor) problems (that will be cleared up by spirits of the Zone Girdiling the Earth.)If you are mearly curious as to what this book is about save your money, for those on the path i even need to tell you BUY THIS BOOK!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Western Chi Kung
A western Chi Kung with results equal to the best Chi Kung. Exercises for advanced adepts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cosmic Language 101
The 'Key To The True Kabbalah' is a logical progression of Bardon's earlier book, 'Initiation Into Hermetics', which should be read and practiced first. The 'Key To The True Kabbalah' intoduces the reader to the 'Cosmic Language' and a very thorough process of manifestation. Although the writting is sometimes confusing and wordy, it does communicate these ideas if the reader is willing to make a committed effort with mind, body, and soul. The idea of this book is easy to say but hard to master: The Universe is based on the principle of Cause and Effect. One simply wishes with on a particular plane a letter's sound, color, element and meaning. We then create the desired effect on the intended mental, astral or physical plane. With noble intentions, strong intent and much practice one becomes a 'Creator' on a Cosmic Level. The possibilities are limitless for someone who consciously goes beyond a 'mental' understanding.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Complete Teachings of The True Kabbalah
"The Key to the True Kabbalah" contains the practice and the theory of kabbalistic knowledge. The information this book contains, I could not find in any other books on this subject. Even from a philosophical point of view this book is a good read, and discloses many up-to-now secrets. I highly recommend Franz Bardon, "Questions and Answers" and "Alchemy Unveiled", by Helmond. ... Read more

12. The Essential Zohar : The Source of Kabbalistic Wisdom
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Kabbalah, often defined as a Jewish mystical tradition, actually encompasses "the spiritual heritage of all mankind," according to Rav P.S. Berg in The Essential Zohar. Berg, the dean of the Kabbalah Centre (whose members include celebrities such as Madonna and Mick Jagger), has concentrated a core of teachings from the central kabbalistic text, the Zohar, in a single volume that makes kabbalistic wisdom accessible to readers of all religious traditions. The Zohar, which dates back to the second century B.C.E., offers tools for doing the work of kabbalah: "transforming chaos and fragmentation into unity and completion." The Zohar's biblical commentaries and rabbinical stories of apparently "surprise happenings, sudden insights, and full-blown epiphanies" are intended to help readers open themselves to similar revelations. And Berg explains that all of the Zohar's rarified spiritual stories have potential for practical application, to help readers "replace doubt with certainty and darkness with Light." --Michael Joseph Gross ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary and User Friendly at the Same Time
The selection of books that i have read on Kabbalah were steeped in esoteric mystical babble that had no apparent relevance to myself or the average person in the street. Finally, there is a book that is quite profound and practical, written by an eminent Kabbalist who is not afraid to ruffle the feathers of the religious establishment or challenge the status quo, which often upsets my fellow rabbinical colleagues. The Essential Zohar is "down-to-earth" spirituality for anyone who seeks to know the essence of life. I have to admit, i was a skeptic before i opened the book. After reading it, one cannot help but see the power, depth and penetrating wisdom that flows from the pen of Kabbalist Rav Berg. But don't take my word for it. Read it yourself and you decide. Truth resonates on its own.

5-0 out of 5 stars Much better!
This book is a shining Light of clarity for me. It seems every time I face a problem in my life, the next chapter of this book, as I am reading it, explains the Kabbalah's view and gives me the insights I need to recognize my blocks in the particular situation. I feel I now have some understanding of the Zohar and it's depths. I want more of this type of explanation! On a parenthetical note, I wrote a quite negative review of Rav Berg's Wheels of a Soul, where I found his writing fractured and points unintelligible. I am quite amazed that this book is by the same author! His message is so clear here. I must view this as a mystery of Kabbalah that I hope someday to understand!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Essential Book- A Beginners Perspective
This was the third book that I have read about Kabballah. Almost immediately you feel a connection to the author when you read this book. You can tell that Rav Berg is an extraordinary person. The detail of each chapter is remarkable there are many levels of meaning contained within the paragraphs. The concepts are not difficult to understand but the depth of the material had me re-reading sections several times. I highly recommend this book if you have read a few other books. I would start off with The Secret or The Way to give you an overview of kabballah.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fresh insights into Kabbalistic wisdom
I enjoyed Berg's fresh perspective, which gave me a lot to think about. Definitely thinking outside the box.

Commenting on Adam's fall, the feminine aspect of the Creator, Noah, the story of Jacob and Rachel, David's struggles, and much more; Berg delineates substantive Kabbalistic interpretations of sin, God in the world, desire, soulmates, and testing. The book is brimming over with fresh insights into Kabbalistic wisdom. Check out Berg's interpretation of the fear of God as a source of strength, the importance of the "as above, so below" dynamic in life, the encounter with every stranger as a possible catalytic moment for transformation, the ideal of judging all persons favorably, repentance as one of the most rewarding activities of the human heart, and midnight as the best time for study and prayer.

At the core of the Zohar is the spiritual ideal of transformation. Berg writes: "Each of us came into this world to achieve specific spiritual goals that will culminate in our achieving oneness with God. In this endeavor, there is no such thing as failure. Our transformation is ordained and assured by the Creator. How long it takes depends entirely on us." This cogent and inspired overview of the essential Zohar is one of the best interpretations of Kabbalah available.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Source Of Information
If I could rate this title with 10 stars I would. This book is amazing. I've never felt the need to write a review before but I believe that this title is deserving of my first.

The explanation of the tree of life alone, is reason enough to purchase this title. I own many different Kaballahs and I understand the material within them, but some of the concepts always seemed rather vauge until I read this book. This book has explained the material to me in a way that I didn't think was possible. It was as if the author took the time to hold the readers hand. Everything is explained in a clear and consise manner. This title is definatly worth a look. ... Read more

13. Qabalah : The Mystical Heritage of the Children of Abraham
by Daniel Feldman, Daniel Hale Feldman
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The book effectively presents the teachings of an accomplished and knowledgeable mystic, now retired from the world. He transmitted information and meditation methods in private meetings during the 1970s and 1980s. He anonymously published a number of the first English translations of primary qabalistic texts,and distributed tens of thousands of copies through the Work of the Chariot Trust.

This book is the first time that a senior student of the Work of the Chariot has compiled much of the teachings from those meetings on the core principles and practices of the Mystical Qabalah. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Making it clear, spiritual and enjoyable
I have been on a spiritual path for nearly 30 years and have never found a book as clear, spiritually enriching and enjoyable. Also, it did a fantastic job at defining what needed to be defined and providing references to other resources where needed as well.

I have come back to spirituality with an open mind and the intuition that all great spiritual paths can ultimately be resolved to the ONE and this book drove it home for me. I can't recommend it enough. Also, be sure to visit the web site of the organization that helped to make this book come to life, as well as other truly spiritual sites like the Kabbalah Centre, and The Inner Dimension. We are truly blessed to have such resources at our finger tips in this day and age. Take care and peace to you all, Michael Hunt

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the book you have been looking for
You've probably read dozens of books on the Kabballah and still you are confused. You thought that by now you would have pieced it together, but all you have are jagged and conflicting fragments. You've asked yourself "why hasn't anyone tied all of this stuff together?" Well this is that one book that you have been searching for. I got this book over a year ago, and, in retrospect, it was the last book "about" Kabballah I have bought. Since then I have gotten only a few source texts, commentaries and translations. Daniel has provided all that you truly need. But, beware! After this book comes the truly hard part--the learning is over and the work must begin in earnest. Think you are ready? Sometimes the searching is easier than the finding! Those with an orthodox bent should probably stay with the Chabad path and their sources. This book is probably more amenable to those outside of the Jewish orthodoxy. But no matter what path you end up taking, you will learn something from Daniel.

I have heard that a new printing is in the works, so be patient. Getting this book could turn out to be the defining moment in your life.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Treatise on the Qabalah for Modern Readers
Few books impart the depth of understanding and wisdom in a way that is accessible to the average reader as does Qabalah, The Mystical Heritage of the Children of Abraham.

I have read numerous books on the Qabalah, and have found many to be confusing or inconsistent. Daniel Feldman's book is a lucid account of his mentor's teachings that is universal in its tone. No one is excluded from this work and everyone is offered a place at the table. Any universal system such as the Qabalah should be available to all, and the yogi, Sufi, and Christian should all feel comfortable with this book.

Feldman shares this Western mystical tradition with the world in a way that respectfully removes the dogma of rabbinical Judaism, but maintains the purity of original teachings.

This book, just revised and updated (2003), is a must for anyone interested in the Jewish mystical approach to spirituality.

5-0 out of 5 stars Qabalah : The Mystical Heritage of the Children of Abraham
The best book I ever read!!!! You can comprehend it all you want, but you won't get it until you don't. Become a Fool and BUY IT!
It's from The divine Fool him self.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! A must-read book!
In his new book, Qabalah, Daniel Feldman has made available for the first time a comprehensive record of the closed-door teachings of the Work of the Chariot Trust. In this landmark volume, Mr. Feldman initially examines all the mystical branches that emanated from Abraham and his children, and pursues some fundamental, if not controversial, questions. How was the religion of the ancient Hebrews different from Rabbinical Judaism? How are the Mystical Qabalah, Mystical Christianity, and Sufism related? How is the Mystical Qabalah different from the Religious and Magical Qabalah? Is it possible that the children of Abraham's concubines founded the Tanric tradition of northern India?

Qabalah answers these questions, and delineates many other connections between the Mystical Qabalah and all of the world's primary mystical traditions. Indeed, Mr. Feldman has produced and illustrated a totally comprehensive and comparative study of the Mystical Qabalah unlike anything this reviewer has ever seen. Dozens of the qabalistic diagrams in this book are not to be found in any other book on the subject. The treatment of the Tree of Life is unparalleled! Mr. Feldman gives the reader a thorough foundation on qabalistic meditation practices and then provides clear instructions on how to perform these practices in a manner that anyone can follow.

There are dozens of books on the Qabalah. Many of them leave you even more confused after you read them, and provide little information on what practices to engage in. So, if you've been searching for a single book that gives you the complete and genuine teachings of the Mystical Qabalah, plus meditation practices that you can understand and apply right away, look no further. Qabalah is the book you have been waiting for! ... Read more

14. The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Vol. 1
by Daniel C. Matt
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5-0 out of 5 stars best translation of the Zohar
I read the other reviews posted here and I agree that Matt's translation of the Zohar is THE translation. I also must say that I missed the Aramaic but heard it is available on Stanford University's website (I have not checked it out). I also heard that Matt won the Koret Jewish Book Award for his work. Well-deserved, I'd say.

4-0 out of 5 stars Curb Your Enthusiasm
Stanford University Press and Professor Matt are certainly to be congratulated for attempting the Herculean task of translating into English, from 'scratch' (original Aramaic manuscripts), the entire Zohar, as well as adding running commentary based on Matt's so-called Kabbalistic expertise. Unfortunately, the latter's ego creeps in, taking too much poetic license in the translation itself, while his mystical interpretation of the difficult symbolism fails to compare with the luminous commentary of Isaiah Tishby in his multi-award winning masterpiece, "Wisdom of the Zohar".

Isaiah Tishby was Emeritus Professor of Philosophical, Mythical and Ethical Hebrew at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem until his death in 1992. He was awarded the Bialik Prize 1972, the Israel Prize 1979, and the Rothschild Prize 1982, mainly for his work on "The Wisdom of the Zohar". David Goldstein, late Curator of Hebrew Books and Manuscripts at the British Library, was awarded the Webber Prize 1987 for his translation shortly before he died.

Matt's arrogance is downright embarrassing as he unabashedly states his superior grasp of occulted Kabbalistic symbolism, trashing not only Rabbi Tishby but even the scholar/translator, Goldstein:

"After wrestling with Zoharic neologisms for years, I no longer share Tishby's view ("Wisdom of the Zohar", 1:66) that 'only rarely is it possible to determine their meaning from the context, while for the most part it is difficult even to guess what the author had in mind.' Still, I can appreciate the confession of David Goldstein (translator of "Wisdom of the Zohar"), who, after rendering several obscure lines directly from the Aramaic, writes 'The English translations given are purely hypothetical.'"

Because of the enormity of the undertaking, Matt's Zohar is already being hailed as unequaled and all the more impressive since his is a 'critical' edition, assembled directly from source manuscripts. Even though the Tishby/Goldstein Three-Volume set translates only about 25% of the Zohar, it is the meatier areas and, as stated above, the commentary is of such sublimity that at times it outshines the original channeled manuscript of Moses de Leon; and it certainly leaves Professor Matt's commentary wanting.

Still, the prospect of a fresh translation of the entire legendary work is an exciting one, and we can hope that eventually Mr. Matt will be humbled, as the great Tishby was, by the exasperating, ultimately enigmatic essence of many peculiar passages. Stanford is planning on releasing two volumes per year, so we can look forward to the complete 12-Volume set around 2009.

It is my opinion that this translation by Professor Daniel Matt will become THE Zohar of the future scholars and students. It is easy to understand, thanks to Professor Matt's extensive notes and explainations. It is a MUST for anyone who sincerily desires to understand the mind of the Jewish kabbalists of the Spanish period and later.

5-0 out of 5 stars At last, the translation the Zohar deserves!
Professor Matt has given the Sefer ha-Zohar the translation students have longed for for generations. It is scholarly but literarily skillful. Most importantly, Matt's version is not overly interpretive. He knows how to put interpretive notes in the footnotes, not in the translation itself -- there are over 2400 footnotes in volume one! This allows the text to retain more of its original character and meaning. Some "translations" are so thick with the interpreter's beliefs that they are nearly useless.

It's also important to note that this is the first translation of the Zohar based on a modern critical text. That means the Aramaic original used to translate from has been carefully compared and emended from old manuscript copies. While this Aramaic text is not reproduced in the book, it is available for free from the publisher, Stanford University Press. I printed it out, put it in a binder and shelve it next to the translation. The best of both worlds.

This tremendous work of scholarship will certainly be the standard translation of the Zohar for our generation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Zohar translation out there!
I've also got the Soncino edition as well as the Kabbalah Centre translation of Zohar and I must say this one is certainly the best. Daniel Matt provides an excellent set of footnotes which elucidate why he made the translation decisions he did for particular words and phrases in addition to giving a lot of background material from other Jewish texts. The Zohar is a particularly difficult text to translate due to the idiosyncratic nature of the pseudo-Aramaic it is written in in addition to the very abstract nature of the material covered. Having alternate readings of various passages available at one's fingertips is indispensible for those of us not qualified to read the text in its original language. While reading other translations, especially the Kabbalah Centre one, it was pretty obvious that the text's meaning was oversimplified and there was no way to avoid the translator's personal biases short of going back to the Aramaic text. The Soncino edition is similarly limited because it is only a translation of a small portion of the text. The only drawback to this particular edition is that the Aramaic text is not included, so one cannot simply look up the original phrases without resorting to an outside resource. Nevertheless, I strongly recommend this book for academics, mystics, or anyone who cares deeply about the meaning the author(s) of the Zohar were trying to convey. I'm looking forward to purchasing the additional volumes as they are released! ... Read more

15. Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to Cabalistic Magick (Llewellyn's Sourcebook)
by David Godwin
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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book, poor Hebrew proofreading.
This book is an excellent *hermetic* cabala encyclopedia - it is thorough, bringing together most of the information one would see in it, e.g. various attributions a-la Crowley's Liber 777 covering subjects such as the 72 fold name of god, the 42 letters name of god, seals, spirits, tarot, etc.

The book contains three major sections - the first is the encyclopedia itself in English alphabetical order, the second a Hebrew-English dictionary, and the third a gematric index which brings various Hebrew words by their gematric value.

There is a good bibliography, a reproduction of Crowley's Sepher Sephiroth, and a couple of interesting appendixes.

The major problem I see with this book is enormous number of errors in Hebrew - it looks like neither the author not any of Llewellyn's staff working on the book know any Hebrew. This includes not only spelling errors (which lead to errors in the gematria calculations, which means one should double check *all* Hebrew spelling and gematria calculations in this book with a good English-Hebrew dictionary), but also errors in basic material, e.g. none of the spellings of the 42 letters name of God brought in the book is correct.

So, indeed, one can benefit a lot from learning the correspondences and their logic, but still needs to cast doubts about what's written in the book and research for her/himself.

A secondary problem is with images - those are valueable, but many of them look pixelized, as if they were scanned at low resolution and enlarged.

And to repeat my emphasis from the first paragraph - this is a book about *hermetic* cabala, and *not* Jewish cabala. Jewish Cabala uses a different version of the tree of life (described in appendix C of this book), different attributions, etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars a must have
this book is a must have ,it has a lot of spirit names there numbers that go to them and names in hebrew,names of god,angels demons the tree of life etc. it is one of the best refernces in cabalistic magic

4-0 out of 5 stars Qabalah: The Greatest Game
"Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia" truly is an encyclopedia of Hermetic (Rosicrucian, Ogdoadic, and Thelemic) Qabalah. Although I'm sceptical of the true spiritual possibilities of the Qabalah, it does interest me after a fashion- it's a fascinating model from which to see life and ideas, working in an almost "gamelike" framework based on the Hebrew language and mathematical structure. This book is a sourcebook for experienced qabalists. It is of little use to the beginner, however- I'd recommend Kraig's "Modern Magick" as an introduction to Qabalistic magic before jumping into the study of this volume.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have Cabalistic Reference!!!!!
The Serious student of the Cabala will find this reference indespensible. The Gemantric aspects of this book make it worth while, with corispondences. with Sigils tunnels of SET, 72 God Names, etc. etc. This reference is a excellent reference for any Gematria.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must resource for the library!!
This book provides the practitioner a great resource for the Cabala. The book has listings of Angels, names of God, spirits, and more!! The book was written by a very knowledgable author with deep roots. The book wasn't meant for someone looking for rituals but as a Encyclopedia for everything Cabala (or however you want to write it). The new help for the Hebrew alphabet and pronunciation is helpful but the student should still seek more intense studies of the language before getting too deep. Otherwise I use this book constantly for research and resource. ... Read more

16. God Wears Lipstick : Kabbalah for Women
by Karen Berg
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Catlog: Book (2005-01-09)
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For millennia, the spiritual science known as Kabbalah has not only been skewed towards men and their issues, but women have literally been forbidden to study it - and in many cases, still are. Now, Karen Berg, co-director of The Kabbalah Centre, the largest international organization devoted to teaching and promoting Kabbalah wisdom, breaks this barrier. God Wears Lipstick contains the tools for women to dramatically increase their sense of fulfillment, passion, communication, and understanding of life. The author covers such subjects as what it means to be a woman, the meaning of life and love, transforming potential, attracting the perfect mate, and how to create a better sex life. The book is structured around Kabbalistic "tools" - the Sharing Tool, the Conflict Tool, the Effort Tool - which makes its ancient lessons intelligible and inspiring to modern readers. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Condescending, sexist, and not related to Kabbalah
Things you should know: Philip Shraga Berg, a former insurance salesman, claimed to be a rabbi and started his own Kabbalah religion called "The Kabbalah Centre".All of Berg's books on Kabbalah are full of terrible translations, censored and edited texts, and horrible commentary.His "explanations" are rejected by all Jewish authorities, Orthodox and non-Orthodox, religious and academic.His wife, the author of this book, is a for-profit writer now, trying to make a quick buck.

Note that Berg isn't even accepted as a rabbi or as a Kabbalist by any of the Jewish denominations, and his work is rejected as totally inaccurate by modern-day scholars. Now his sons and his wife are writing books using the same phony, non-Kabbalah ideas in order to make a profit.This really insults those who wish to truly learn about this topic.

A real problem with this book is that it is sexist, while written in the guise of enlightened equality.Its just pseudo-feminist claptrap, which in fact demans all women.

Instead of reading her nonsense, please check out books on this subject by real authorities and good writers:

Read, for instance, "The Jewish Mystical Tradition", by Ben Zion Bokser; "Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism", by Gershom Scholem;"Zohar: Annotated & Explained" by Daniel Chanan Matt and Andrew Harvey

I would also suggest "The Wisdom of The Zohar: An Anthology of Texts", Ed. Isaiah Tishby, and translated from the Hebrew by David Goldstein.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Nature of Energy
All energy is good because there's only one source for it. And what is that? The Light of the Creator, of course. There are no other batteries in this world. But the manner in which we receive the Light will determine if that energy will manifest itself as a short circuit or as a lasting current of fulfillment. ... Read more

17. May Human Beings Hear It!: The Mystery Of The Christmas Conference
by Sergei O. Prokofieff
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18. Matrix Healing : Discover Your Greatest Health Potential Through the Power of Kabbalah
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19. Mystical Qabalah
by Dion Fortune
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5-0 out of 5 stars A classic work on the esoteric
This is one of the best books on the Qabalah.(That's Qabalah with a "Q", pertaining to the Western Mystery Tradition.)The Qabalah is a cornerstone of esoteric knowledge and practice.The Tree of Life is central to the Qabalah.It represents the cosmos and man's relation to the cosmos.It is a powerful tool for spiritual development and magical work.Dion Fortune's book covers a lot of ground at great depth.As a leading occultist in the Western Mystery Tradition this century, she certainly knew her subject very well.I will have to read this book many times for it's knowledge to sink in.I'm sure it will be well worth the effort.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential, but elusive
Dion Fortune wrote in accordance with the needs of her time. This book, while perhaps her best, is as yet only an introduction to the subject of mysticism and the Tree of Life. All genuine occultists (positive or negative) recognize that the Tree is the essential key to access knowledge that lies beyond this physical world. Yet few reveal the real secrets of that art, and this book is no exception: it points toward the keys, yet does not reveal them. It is good to study these works, yet without the fuel to power the machine, it is not possible to move. Dion Fortune hints in most of her books toward the source of that fuel, but she does not reveal it openly. So those who do not have that key will be left guessing and building useless concepts in the mind, something even she warns against repeatedly. Read this book; it is valuable. But better still, read the works of Samael Aun Weor, the only one who was authorized to reveal the hidden key of all mystical traditions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mystical Qabalah
I really looked forward to reading this book after encountering many references to it as one of the precious few sources of initiatic Qabalah. After an initial reading, I can see why it is held in such high regard. Rooted in the Western tradition, Fortune delivers a profound teaching specifically tailored to a Western audience in a stunning and transformative way. I could, of course, go on and on about the pearls of wisdom to be found here, but I would risk losing any semblance of objectivity and would rather leave it to you, the reader of this review, to intuitively sense the worth of Fortune's teachings. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent is the only word for this book.
Such great detail, that I'm sure it will take me many, many reads before I even begin to remember what she has written. This really is like a sourcebook for all things Qabalah. Must-have for anyone seriously studying the subject. One word of warning though-- this is not an "easy read" Be prepared to *study* this text.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best work on the qubalah and the most definitive...
Sure Ophiel's Qabala book is good, Ted Andrews stuff is all right. But if you want the knowledge that rooted it all and even influenced them: come to Dion Fortune's "Mystical Qabalah". It is the most powerful and definitive work on the Qabalah I've ever read. I ordered the original from Builders of the Adytum via and the original is the best, all the other stuff in the new version makes it a little too voluminous. But still, I tell you, it is the best in every way. When I read it, I understood all the forms of magic and how they work at their core, especially tarot, meditation, spells, et cetera and their hermetic core. It helped me with the why's and whats' of it all. Especially in pathworking. Happy reading.

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20. The Oracle of Kabbalah: Mystical Teachings of the Hebrew Letters
by Richard Seidman
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Catlog: Book (2001-09-08)
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Divination--telling the future by magical means--is a dodgy business. Deuteronomy deemed it "repulsive to God." And yet Jews have always attempted to discern the future in various ways, including the casting of lots and meditation upon the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, the Aleph Beit. Richard Seidman presents a primer for the latter form of divination in The Oracle of Kabbalah. A brief historical overview of Jewish divination--beginning with the fact that the Hebrew word for letter, ot, also means "sign, symbol, or miracle"--leads to direct instruction on using Hebrew letters as a means of divination.(The letters printed on a deck of cards are included with this book.) The basic technique is as follows: "Take three slow, deep breaths from the belly. Formulate a question ... pray for inspiration and receptivity," pick a card, look up the description of the letter you've drawn, meditate on that letter's meaning, and "be receptive to any glimmers of intuition that arise." --Michael Joseph Gross ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Compassionate and Accessible
Richard Seidman's Oracle of the Kabbalah is a gift for those seeking to apply traditional wisdom to their everyday lives. The ancient meanings of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet are presented along with inspirational discussions that run the gamut from the humorous to the profound and draw on other wisdom traditions. The author's personal reflections help anchor the teachings to our common experiences.

Rabbi Kushner's foward and the author's introduction ground one in the history and application of these mystical letters. The book and its companion set of cards are very user friendly, providing one with an insightful and welcome perspective when seeking direction.

I'm grateful to Richard Seidman for providing me with both a compassionate form of guidance and a readily accessible introduction to these sacred letters. This is a book that I'll refer to again and again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Deep mysticism
Usually people don't think of Jews as being mystics, but many of us are. Jewish mysticism is different from New Age mystricism in that Jewish mysticism is grounded in text -- and letters. From there, it takes flight. This book is a good start for Jews and non-Jews alike, especially if you have trouble with the conventional idea of Big-Guy-in-the-Sky God. If the idea of hidden depths in Hebrew letters intrigues you, also take a look at Larry Kushner's "The Book of Letters" ....

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Mr. Seidman!
Richard Seidman's ORACLE OF THE KABBALAH is a profound, joyful, and beautiful set of divination with accompanying text. Using the model of THE MEDINCE CARDS and others that have followed, Seidman raises the art to a new level. He illuminates the spirituality and magic of the ancient hebrew letters to engage us in the modern tasks of inner decision making and spiritual transformation in our lives for the new millienium. His take on the mystical meanings of the hebrew letters is both Jewish and not, integrating strands of thought from his own varied spiritual and philosophic explorations. THE ORACLE OF THE KABBALLAH raises the genra of divination cards to a seriously ecumenical level of mysticism, witty, touching, helpful and profound. ... Read more

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