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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

"Basic Reading from the Kabbalah" edited by Gershom Scholem

This short book has excerpts from the Zohar or "book of splendor."  It is essentially a compilation of Jewish mysticism.  The book is divided into categories based on books of the Torah (first five books of the Bible).  There are further subdivisions based on the theme or main idea of each text.  Even though the book is quite slender, it is not an easy read.  The ideas in the book are obscure, and syntax does not help.  While this work was edited for ease of reading, it still reads as though it were written thousands of years ago.  Still, readers can glean several bits of wisdom from this book.  Ranging on topics from the grades of one's soul to what happens when people die to what allegories exist in the Bible to what the nature of God is like, this book will keep you occupied.

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