Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest in Judaism

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Press: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 30, 2005)
Publication Date:2005-11
Author Name:Ariel, David S.


Today, many people from all faiths are exploring the Kabbalah. 
What were once controversial and esoteric teachings from medieval Jewish mystics now is becoming one of the latest spiritual trends sweeping across America.
In the wake of this renewed interest comes David Ariel's Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest in Judaism, a thoroughly updated edition of his classic best selling book, The Mystic Quest.
Ariel beautifully presents the complex elements of Jewish mysticism's major ideas in clear, understandable, and accessible language for Jewish and non-Jewish readers alike.
Hailed as "brilliant" by Publishers Weekly, the book has a completely revised Introduction that sets a contemporary context for understanding Jewish mysticism, given the current fascination with Kabbalah in today's culture.
Several chapters are substantially revised, making key ideas less abstract and more comprehensible to readers.
Because it can be easy to misunderstand the intricate teachings of Jewish mysticism, the book now includes a section called the "10 Main Conceptual Principles" of Jewish mysticism, putting the main concepts in clear, easy to grasp, modern language.
Concluding with how Kabbalah can be incorporated into our daily lives, Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest in Judaism, is an intellectually sophisticated yet straightforward book studded with deep insights on what Jewish mystical thought is all about.

About the Author

David Ariel is President of the Laura and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Cleveland. 
He is the author of the best selling book What Do Jews Believe? The Spiritual Foundations of Judaism, and Spiritual Judaism: Restoring Heart and Soul to Jewish Life.
Ariel lives in the Cleveland, Ohio area.


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Comment List (Total:5)

  •     Excellent and scholarly introduction to Kabbalah written by a knowledgeable author. Taking the reader behind the curtain to look at the history, development and symbolism of kabbalistic thought over the last 2000 years. A must read on the subject.
  •     Great Book, well written and straight to the point highlighting not only concepts of Kabbalah but of Jewish Mysticism in general.
  •     Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest In Judaism by David Ariel is the first book to provide an intellectual focus on Kabbalah, providing a scholarly study of Jewish mysticism suitable for the nonspecialist as well as the Jewish thinker. People outside the Jewish faith are exploring concepts of Kabbalah and applying them to life situations, so this revised edition represents the perfect study for all faiths to provide a focus on academic scholarship and understanding Jewish mysticism. From basic concepts of the divine world in the Kabbalah to the influences of Greek and other philosophies, Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest In Judaism is packed with memorable insights.
  •     This book exceed my expectations.
  •     Absolute best introduction to authentic Kabbalah, hands-down. Ariel knows what he's talking about and explains it well and its easy to read.

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