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Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis: Enyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism (2007)

CoverI stumbled upon the blog of Rabbi Dennis, the author of Enyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism. In the particular entry I found (i.e. the latest) he was talking about how being interviewed on the radio in the middle of the night is both a hidden and revealed experience (niglah and nistar respectively in Hebrew terminology.)

I checked his book and the most basic description on Amazon says: “Judaism is filled with folk magic, myths and other traditions. Information on these pathways has appeared in small bits but never in one volume. Now Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis corrects this by identifying over 1,000 terms that have been part of Judaism and Jewish spirituality over the past several thousand years.” It is not exactly Kabbalah, but the topic is so closely related I will include it in my list.

The publisher’s site includes more details about the books, including a few page long excerpt. Here is one entry that I think should be common knowledge:

Abracadabra: The archetypal voce magica, magical word. Many claim it to be of Jewish origin reading it as a kind of fractured Aramaic, ab’ra k’dabra, meaning, I will create according to the word. This is very plausible, assuming the Aramaic syntax has undergone corruption. It is also plausible that it is of non-Jewish origin. see hebrew alphabet; incantations; magic.

Update of Kabbalah Books site

I revamped the Kabbalah Books section of my site. Changes include:
– option for displaying (any combination) of categeories of books. The categories are: Academic, Commercial, Fiction, Meditation, Popularizer, Religious, Qabalah
– option for displaying (or not) cover images, publisher, year published, links, date added to the site
– an “about” page, covering the history of the site along with its categories, and plans for the future.

This upgrade took about 20 hours therefore I don’t have more time right now to add new books to the site. I know of almost a hundred books already that should/could be added. Now that I have the proper insfrastructure, the process of adding books will be easier. Next week I will start doing so.

Franz Bardon: The Key to the True Kabbalah (2002)

NewYorkTouring.com seems to be a machine created aggregate blog. That’s where Franz Bardon’s five year old book The Key to the True Kabbalah showed up (along with lots of links to the kabbalah-sefirot.com link farm site.) The book is a mix of magick, new age, secret societies and German alphabet based Gematria. Fans describe the book as exercises for advanced adepts. I would probably have a lower opinion of it.

Kabbalaszeminárium a Mazsike szervezésében

Ez emailben jott:

Kabbalaszeminárium a Mazsike szervezésében

Z’ev Ben Shimon Halevi április 13-15.-én 3 napos kabbala-szemináriumot tart a Magyar Zsidó Kulturális Egyesület szervezésében

“Bevezetés a Kabbalába” címmel.

Ez a nemzetközi tanfolyam eloször kerül megrendezésre Magyarországon, és célja az, hogy eljuttassa a magyar érdeklodokhöz Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi (Warren Kenton), a XXI. század nemzetközileg egyik legmeghatározóbb és legismertebb élo kabbala-kutatójának tanítását.

Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi (Warren Kenton) több mint negyven év tanulás és a kabbala európai, észak-afrikai és izraeli osi központjainak meglátogatása után feladataként látja a kabbala zsidó vonalának modern formába történo átültetését minden olyan ember számára, aki a Kabbala útját kívánja járni vallási, nemi, nemzetiségi és faji hovatartozásra való tekintet nélkül. Több csoportot tanít Nagy-Britanniában és az európai kontinensen, és tanfolyamokat tart Kanadában, az Egyesült Államokban, Mexikóban, Ausztráliában, Japánban, Brazíliában és Izraelben is. A kabbaláról szóló tizennégy könyvét, eleddig tizenhárom nyelvre fordították le, hetvenkét kiadásban. Magyarországon eddig megjelent könyve A Kabala útja és a Pszichológia és kabbala. Feleségével Londonban él és dolgozik.

A szombati és vasárnapi szemináriumra a résztvevok száma korlátozott, ehhez elozetes regisztráció szükséges. A pénteki nyitóeloadás mindenki számára nyitott, belépodíj csak a pénteki eloadásra: 900 Ft.-

Részvételi díj (mind a három napra érvényes)

Elovételben 15000 forint
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Diákok és nyugdíjasok részére 10000 forint

További információ, részletes program, jelentkezés a http://www.mazsike.hu/2007/0703_kabbala.html internetes oldalon

Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams: The Secret World of Kabbalah (2006)

Book coverI just found out about a book on Kabbalah for children (grades 4-8) from the blog entry of new acquisitions of the St Joseph County Public Library in Indiana. It is Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams’ The Secret World of Kabbalah. The concept is simple as the publisher says: “Rabbi Abrams introduces young people to major kabbalistic concepts and shows how much of what seems mystical is really hidden in plain sight.” Amazon puts it similarly: gives rudimentary explanations of it in kid-friendly language under intriguing chapter headings… This book may be the first of its kind to address and simplify this complicated subject for a young audience.”

Do you know Isaac Myer’s 1888 book?

Al found an obscure book and asking for more information about. Help him if you can. Here is the book’s title:

The Philosophical Writings of
Solomon Ben Yehudah Ibn Gebirol
or
Avicebron

And their connection with the Hebrew Qabbalah and Sepher ha-Zohar, with remarks upon the antiquity and content of the latter, and translations of selected passages from the same.

Also
An Ancient Lodge of Initiates, Translated from the Zohar

Rabbi Abner Weiss: Connecting To God (2005)

Book coverA message on the Kabbalah Tribe board pointed me to Rabbi Abner Weiss’s book “Connecting To God: Ancient Kabbalah and Modern Psychology” It sounds interesting. Here is a segment from the Amazon description:

In sharing his findings, he gracefully tempers his academic approach with dozens of examples (taken from patients and congregants, as well as the Bible) that illustrate the links between common and rare psychological disorders and imbalances within the development of what he has termed the “spiritual genomes” within all of us. Not for the red-string, pop culture set, this serious examination of psychology and spirituality includes references to and discussions of the ancient and contemporary Jewish sages…

The author’s website also has a nice introductory page to it.

Joel Hecker: Mystical Bodies, Mystical Meals (2005)

hecker.gifLast summer’s issue of the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture has an indepth review of Joel Hecker’s Mystical Bodies, Mystical Meals: Eating and Embodiment in Medieval Kabbalah, “the first book-length study of mystical eating practices and experiences in the kabbalah.” Here is the most interesting sentence from the review: “An essential insight in Hecker’s study is the recognition that the metaphor of eating was used in Zoharic Kabbalah to signify the flow of energy from Israel to the divine and vice versa.” And I liked this segment form the publisher’s site:

Using anthropology, sociology, ritual studies, and gender theory, Hecker accounts for the internal topography of the body as imaginatively conceived by kabbalists. For these mystics, the physical body interacts with the material world to effect transformations within themselves and within the Divinity.