Zohar: Annotated & Explained

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SkyLight Paths Publishing, Jan 1, 2002 - Religion - 135 pages
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The best-selling author of The Essential Kabbalah nowoffers readers the best introduction to the Zohar.

The splendor and enigmatic appeal of the Zohar, the major text of the Jewish mystical tradition, has never intrigued readers of all faiths more than it does today. But how can we truly understand it?

Daniel C. Matt brings together in one place the most important teachings from the Zohar, the cornerstone of Kabbalah described as a mixture of theology, mystical psychology, anthropology, myth, and poetry alongside facing-page stories, notes, and historical background that illuminate and explain the text. Ideal for the first-time reader with no prior knowledge of Jewish mysticism.

Guides readers step-by-step through the texts that make up the Zohar midrash, mystical fantasy, commentary, and Hebrew scripture and explains the inner meanings of this sacred text, recognized by kabbalists as the most important work of mystical teaching, in a way that is both spiritually enlightening and intellectually fascinating."

 

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Contents

The Essence of Torah
3
How to Look at Torah
5
The Creation of God
11
The Hidden Light
15
Adams Sin
19
Male and Female
21
Openings
25
The Binding of Abraham and Isaac
31
All of Israel Saw the Letters
57
The Old Man and the Ravishing Maiden
61
The Gift of Dwelling
73
The Secret of Sabbath
83
The Aroma of Infinity
89
God Israel and Shekhinah
93
The Wedding Celebration
111
Notes
126

Josephs Dream
37
Jacobs Garment of Days
47

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Daniel C. Matt is a leading authority on the Zohar and Kabbalah. He is the author of the best-selling The Essential Kabbalah (HarperSanFrancisco, translated into seven languages); Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment (Paulist Press); God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony Between Science and Spirituality; and Zohar: Annotated and Explained (Jewish Lights). He is also the author of the annotated translation The Zohar: Pritzker Edition ( Stanford University Press). He has so far completed six volumes of this immense project, which has been hailed as "a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought." Formerly professor of Jewish spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Daniel C. Matt now resides in Berkeley. Daniel C. Matt is available to speak on the following topics: Shekhinah: The Feminine Half of God Raising the Sparks: Finding God in the Material World The Mystical Meaning of Torah The Zohar: Masterpiece of Kabbalah God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and SpiritualityClick here to contact the author.

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