The Kabbalah Handbook: A Concise Encyclopedia of Terms and Concepts in Jewish Mysticism

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Penguin, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 467 pages
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A comprehensive single-volume reference guide to the terms and ideas of Kabbalah by a longtime teacher of Jewish mysticism -perfect for the serious student and newcomer alike.

People of all faiths and backgrounds are drawn to the inspiration, knowledge, and spiritual insight that Kabbalah offers. But too often writings on Jewish mysticism are impenetrable for the novice, overly simplified for the advanced student, or misrepresent and sensationalize Kabbalistic practice. The Kabbalah Handbook is the first comprehensive single-volume Kabbalah reference guide that is indispensable for Kabbalah students of every level. The Kabbalah Handbook features: - more than five hundred key terms and concepts in straightforward, easy-to-read definitions and thorough, well-researched discussions;
- Hebrew, English, and Hebrew transliteration for each item;
- the language of origin for each term;
- a discussion of all sides of differing opinions within Kabbalistic philosophy;
- pronunciation guides;
- nondiscriminatory, gender-neutral language;
- important historical information;
- extensive cross-referencing that enables readers to find all terms, whether they are looking up a word in English or transliterated Hebrew;
- twenty-eight original and innovative illustrations;
- thirty-two tables and charts that organize and break down unwieldy material into manageable items; and
- appendices covering topics such as the 613 Mitzvot (biblical commandments), the lunar calendar, and the sacred names of God.

  

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Contents

Acknowledgments xi
1
TRANSLITERATION PRONUNCIATION AND TYPOGRAPHICAL CONVENTIONS
15
TERMS AND CONCEPTS 17
117
THE 613 MITZVOT BIBLICAL COMMANDMENTS
399
HISTORICAL TIMELINE OF JEWISH MYSTICISM
423
THE HOLY DAYS OF JUDAISM
437
Index
453
About the Author
468
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About the author (2007)

Gabriella Samuel is a teacher, an artist, and a clinical psychologist, who has studied and practiced Kabbalah for nearly four decades. The director and founder of the Asheville School of Kabbalah, Samuel conducts classes on Biblical Hebrew, Torah, and Kabbalah, as well as interfaith workshops on Judaism and Jewish mysticism.

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