ספר יצירה

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Weiser Books, May 1, 1997 - Religion - 398 pages
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Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan has translated Sefer Yetzirah, the oldest and most mysterious of all kabbalistic texts, and now brings its theoretical, meditative, and magical implications to light. He expounds on the dynamics of the spiritual domain, the worlds of the Sefirot, souls, and angels. When properly understood, Sefer Yetzirah becomes the instruction manual for a very special type of meditation meant to strengthen concentration and to aid the development of telekinetic and telepathic powers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
 

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Aryeh Kaplan has given us a truly easy book to read compared with the difficult and cryptic volumes that turn many away. His sublime grasp of physics is never used to overwhelm the reader or cause him to have to study to meditate on the thesis.
A simple knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet and its numerics is all that is requisite to quick and full comprehension of the text and its thesis.
I can't emphasize the excellence of the book or its validity to all students of the Sepher Yetzirah. I wish that I could have corresponded with Aryeh Kaplan about certain kabbalistic concepts but only today I found out that he died in 1983. This is the second disappointment of this order my quest has suffered. I seem always too late to arrive in the company of pioneers and teachers.
 

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Many people who study the QBLH have studied only its western medieval interpretation of the system; this is the system that has been publicly forwarded by groups such as the Rosicrucians, the Golden Dawn, and the OTO. All of these groups admit openly that the source of the QBLH is found in the Jewish traditions, and yet, they provide few, if any, links back to this very tradition.
This book will turn their QBLH on its ear.
Unlike the traditions written and expounded upon by Western sources, this book was written from within the unbroken inner traditions of the Jewish masters. This system is largely unrelated to their Western interpretations, and are based largely on meditative and contemplative studies as opposed to the largely practical magickal work of the Western systems.
This book has reinformed my QBLH work, and opened to me an entirely new realms of depth to my work. Other books from this author would include 'Meditation and the Kabbalah' and 'The Living Torah'; and both are highly recommended to the serious student.... 'Meditation and the Kabbalah' at the very very least.
 

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Contents

Chapter One
3
Chapter Two
93
Chapter Three
137
Chapter Four
157
Chapter Five
195
Chapter Six
229
Other Versions of the Sefer Yetzirah
257
Short Version
259
The Gates
301
Editions and Commentaries
317
Printed Editions
319
Other Books Containing The Sefer Yetzirah
320
Manuscripts
324
Commentaries
325
Translations
334
NOTES
339

Long Verion
269
Saadia Version
283
The ThirtyTwo Paths of Wisdom
295

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About the author (1997)

Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan was a world-renowned Torah scholar and is the author of other very important Kabbalah texts: Meditation and the Bible, Meditation and Kabbalah, and The Bahir.

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