This comprehensive and accessible entrEe into the world of Kabbalah covers 1,600 years of Jewish mystical thought and features a variety of thinkers--from the renowned to the obscure--unavailable in any other volume. It's a fresh take on an ancient tradition compiled by Edward Hoffman, a psychologist and respected scholar of Judaism, who reveals how this supposedly esoteric material is relevant to a host of contemporary concerns, such as ethics, emotional health, intuition and creativity, meditation, social relations and leadership, and higher states of consciousness.
Contributors include: Moses Chaim Luzzatto, Moses Cordovero, Abraham Abulafia, Maimonides, Nachmanides, The Maharal, Nachman of Breslov, The Baal Shem Tov, The Gaon of Vilna, The Netziv, The Ben Ish Chai, Yehudah Ashlag, Kalonymus Shapira, Baba Sali, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, Adin Steinsaltz, Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, Jonathan Sacks, and many others, along with excerpts from the "Sefer Yetzirah," "Sefer HaBahir," and" Sefer HaZohar.
About the Author
Edward Hoffman, Ph.D., is the critically acclaimed author of "The Right to Be Human: A Biography of Abraham Maslow "(McGraw-Hill), "The Drive for Self, " and "Future Visions: The Unpublished Papers of Abraham Maslow." A licensed clinical psychologist based in New York City, he has over 20 years of professional experience with an emphasis on psychological evaluation, and lectures widely throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia.
Robin Ely Berman, M.D., is founder, president, CEO, and medical director of the National Gaucher Foundation. She has been a pioneer in her work with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in researching and treating Jewish diseases, and also runs the Center for Integrative Medicine in Rockville, Maryland.
Arthur Kurzweil is a writer and teacher, and serves as publisher at Parabola magazine. He is the editor of Best Jewish Writing 2003, and author of From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Family History and On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz, all from Jossey-Bass.
Dale Liebson Mintz, MPA, CHES, is Hadassah's founding National Director of Women's Health and Advocacy and an expert of long standing in the field of health and wellness. She has spoken on doctor-patient communication, the sandwich generation, and many other topics to Jewish and secular audiences. She communicates her knowledge and passion to her audiences with enthusiasm to motivate them to take action on their own and their family's behalf.
“Professor Edward Hoffman has brought together the kind of anthology I was always hoping to find. Now people who would like to follow the thread of Jewish spirituality through the ages will have a comprehensive and sensitively culled reader that will make it possible for them to further pursue what their heart and soul is striving for.”—Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, co-author of A Heart Afire
“The Kabbalah Reader will truly serve as a guide for those who find the mysteries of Kabbalah impenetrable. Not only has Hoffman assembled a thorough selection of key kabbalistic texts, but he provides enlightening introductions to all of them. This book is an ideal starting point for students of Kabbalah to begin their explorations.”—Howard Schwartz, author of Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism
“The most comprehensive and accessible anthology of Kabbalah writings in existence…The Kabbalah Reader is a remarkable collection of several millennia of visionary writers. Highly recommended.”—Jewish Media Review