This is accessible and reliable survey of Kabbalah's key elements,
uniquely exploring the contemporary phenomena of its popularity and
the notoreity of some its modern purveyors. "Kabbalah: A Guide for
the Perplexed" is a concise and accessible introduction to the
major elements of the prevalent metaphysical system of Judaism,
Kabbalah. The book covers the historical and theoretical essence of
Kabbalah, offering a clear definition of the term and the
limitations of what Kabbalah is and is not. Pinchas Giller provides
an overview of the history of the movement, reflecting the sweep of
Jewish history as a whole, and examines its metaphysical system,
the advanced mythos of early and later Luria, doctrines of the
soul, and the mysteries of Jewish religious practice and law. The
book concludes with a summary of the contemporary kabbalistic
phenomena, particularly in light of the notoriety of some modern
purveyors of Kabbalah. As cogent and objective as possible, this is
the ideal companion for those wishing to gain a sound understanding
of this often perplexing mystical aspect of Judaism. "Continuum's
Guides for the Perplexed" are clear, concise and accessible
introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and
readers can find especially challenging - or indeed downright
bewildering. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes
the subject difficult to grasp, these books explain and explore key
themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough
understanding of demanding material.
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