An Introduction to the Kabbalah by Moshe HallamishAn Introduction to the Kabbalah by Moshe Hallamish

An Introduction to the Kabbalah

byMoshe HallamishTranslated byRuth Bar-Ilan, Ora Wiskind-Elper

Paperback | December 3, 1998

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This book acquaints the reader with the world of the Kabbalah. The first part discusses the Kabbalist as a person: the personal transmission of Kabbalistic traditions, the Kabbalist's qualities and qualifications, prerequisites and early preparations, risks and achievements, as well as techniques for uncovering mysteries and the sources of revelations. The second part deals with the major themes in the teachings of the Kabbalah, such as the doctrine of the Sefirot, the Sitra-Ahra-good and evil, the creation of the world, the status of the Torah and its commandments, the doctrine of the soul and the transmigration of souls. In treating these issues, the book also notes the assimilation of Kabbalistic notions in Jewish religious customs.
Moshe Hallamish is Full Professor of Jewish Mysticism, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He has authored and edited many books, and is editor of DAAT, a journal of Jewish Philosophy and Kabballah.
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Title:An Introduction to the KabbalahFormat:PaperbackDimensions:379 pages, 8.52 × 6.48 × 0.97 inPublished:December 3, 1998Publisher:State University of New York PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: The Kabbalah and its Attainment

1. Mysticism and the Kabbalah
2. The Kabbalist and His Kabbalah
3. Prerequisites
4. Early Preparations
5. The Dangers Facing the Mystic
6. Techniques of Exploring Mysteries
7. Evaluation of the Kabbalah
8. The Origins of the Revelations

Part Two: The Basic Concepts of the Kabbalah

9. The Doctrine of the Sefirot
10. Good and Evil
11. The Doctrine of Creation
12. The Torah
13. The Doctrine of the Soul
14. The Doctrine of Transmigration

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Indexes

From Our Editors

Providing a clear, captivating overview of Jewish mysticism, Moshe Hallamish begins by highlighting the Kabbalist as a person. In the personal conveyance of Kabbalistic traditions, he highlights the Kabbalist`s qualifications and qualities, prerequisites and early preparations and methods for discovering mysteries and revelations. Then he focuses on the Kabbalah`s major themes and teachings - doctrines such as the Sefirot; the Sitra-Ahra, or good and evil; the creation; the Torah and its commandments; the doctrine of the soul and the transmigration of souls. An Introduction to the Kabbalah also explores how Kabbalistic conceptions have found themselves assimilated into Jewish religious customs. 

Editorial Reviews

"An Introduction to the Kabbalah is a lucid, scintillating guide to the esoteric teachings of Judaism. The book is very readable without sacrificing scholarly sophistication." - Daniel Matt, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley; Author of The Essential Kabbalah and God and the Big Bang"This is an important work. It provides an overview of the world of Jewish mysticism with particular attention to the issues that are philosophically generated within that tradition. It examines these issues in a phenomenological way, free of the historiographical approach practiced by many students of Gershom Scholem. The book addresses a number of significant aspects of Jewish mysticism in light of their relationship to general Jewish thought, not in the light of other traditions. It also provides the newcomer to the field with important sources from across the historical continuum of the Kabbalah." - Pinchas Giller, Washington University