Jul 28, Steve Cran added it Write a review The book discusses various meditation techniques as can be culled from ancient Jewish sources. Rabbi Kaplan discusses basic techniquwes as can be found in other forms of meditation. Such techniques as mantras, visualizing, and contemoplating. One can also use the words of the prayers as mantras or contenplation. Mundane activities with the proper frame of mind can be turned into acts of meditation that put a Write a review

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Kigar A lucid presentation of the meditative methods, mantras, mandalas and other devices used, as well as a penetrating interpretation of their significance in the light of contemporary meditative research.

They decided that they too would expound on the workings of the Merkava [out in the fields]. The Heart of Jewish Mysticism. P Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan. Meditative methods ofthe East might have been derived from the mystical techniques of the prophets, and this intriguing possibility, mentioned in the Zohar, is also discusse A lucid presentation of the meditative methods, mantras, mandalas and other devices used, as well as a penetrating interpretation of their significance in the light of contemporary meditative research.

One brings them back to their place in their essence, foundation and root, elevating them to the place that is the Root of the Covenant. Written in Capua in He learned it from his father, and his father learned it from his master, who had a tradition from the lips of the Prophet Elijah. Rabbi Akiba entered in peace and left in peace.

Whoever sins against him, sins greatly, and evil falls upon him from heaven. Written in for a disciple from the Holy Land who had come to Sicily. We never thought of this as meditation.

They also had books explaining this wisdom, and they brought me one such book. At that time, the God of Israel will awaken the heart of the shepherd, and he will be aroused from his sleep, and he will awaken the hearts that sleep in the dust. In the course of a writing career spanning only twelve years, Rabbi Kaplan earned a reputation as one of the most effective, ad, scholarly, and prolific exponents of Judaism in the English language. It was here that I found a distinguished sage, philosopher, and master physician by the name of Rabbi Hillel.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. In many manuscripts, notably, Jewish Theological Seminary, Mss. His students started doing this. They did not make it obvious that this was the main point of their books, but only mentioned it in passing. Similarly, an individual who has not cleansed himself of all spiritual and ritual defilement, including the purification of the Red Heifer, cannot enter into these mysteries. When he decided to devote his overflowing heart and massive intellect to the writing and teaching of traditional Torah values, the Jewish people gained a prolific and brilliant expositor with the uncommon gift of analyzing and presenting the most complex ideas in accessible terms.

If one says there is water there, he is blaspheming. But they did not return to God, for they believed in their sword and bow, and God had hardened their unclean uncircumcised hearts. The fantasies that caused them to leave me and keep away from me are precisely the ones that I myself once had. Read reviews that mention aryeh kaplan jewish meditation rabbi kaplan names of god rabbi aryeh meditation and kabbalah highly recommend meditation and the bible easy to read found in the book book jewish reading this book text practical knowledge level mystical study techniques torah.

Chapter 25 When the individual stands before the Throne of His Glory, it begins to sing. Rabbi Nathan ben Y echiel —Lexicographer22 Many sages maintain that one who possesses all the necessary qualifications has methods through which he can gaze at the Merkava and peek into the chambers on high. Since it involves a specific practice, repeated for a fixed length of time, it is qnd a structured meditation. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. In the fifth month after Nissan, the eleventh month after Tishrei, that is, the month of Ab Julyin the tenth year, he came to Rome.

If you wish that I reveal myself to you, fast for forty days, and immerse yourself twenty-four times each day. They hear, see and speak with an eye that views with Ruach HaKodesh. In one place, he discussed the Kabbalistic school utilizing the Ten Sefirot, and clearly states that the way of the Sefer Yetzirah is different and higher, involving the Twenty-Two Letters of the Hebrew alphabet rather than the ten numbers. The same is true of the writings of Rabbi Isaac Luria, the Ari, considered by many to have been the greatest of all Kabbalists.

The tears remain and endure there, and as a result of their power, the Master of the Sea is able to sanctify the Name of the Holy King. Talk to the Divine in your own words, quietly, deeply, with longing and yearning for unification. The Nogah ans Ezekiel saw was therefore the vehicle that brings the initiate into the heavenly realm. Chapter 23 When one is ascending, these are the kaplab of the guardians of the Seventh Chamber [that he encounters: Because the Ring containing the seal of heaven and earth is given over into his hand.

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Aryeh Kaplan - 1982 - Meditation and Kabbalah

It is universally accepted by the Kabbalists that the first ones to engage in these meditative methods were the patriarchs and prophets, who used them to attain enlightenment and prophecy. Although there are many allusions to this in the Bible, the scripture is virtually silent when it comes to providing explicit descriptions of their methods. StilL if one looks at the appropriate texts, one can gain considerable insight into the methods that were in use in the time of the prophets. Here we find some of the greatest Talmudists engaged in the mystical arts, making use of a number of meditative techniques to attain spiritual elevation and ascend to the transcendental realm. Many of these techniques consisted of the repetition of divine names , as well as intense concentration on the transcendental spheres. What little we know of their methods is preserved in a few fragments , as well in a remarkable complete text, Hekhalot Rabatai The Greater Chambers , of which the main parts are presented for the first time in translation in this book. I twas du ring this period that some of the main classics of Kabbalah were written.



Kaplan was expelled from public school after acting out, leading him to grow up as a "street kid" in the Bronx. Kaplan did not grow up religious and was known as "Len". His family only had a small connection to Jewish practice, but he was encouraged to say Kaddish for his mother. On his first day at the minyan, Henoch Rosenberg, a year Klausenburger Chassid , realized that Len was out of place, as he was not wearing tefillin or opening a siddur , and befriended him. Henoch Rosenberg and his siblings taught Kaplan Hebrew , and within a few days, Kaplan was learning Chumash. Kaplan earned his M.


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