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An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism

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Kabbalah: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism is a clear, accessible 'primer' and introduction to the major teachings of the Jewish mystics, to various dominant forms of Jewish mystical experiences, as well as to many of the significant texts that constitute classical Jewish mystical literature, and to their authors. Rather than provide an historical approach, this introduction to Jewish mysticism delineates five 'models' of Jewish mystical theology and experience: Normal Mysticism, Mystical Intimacy, Addressing God's Needs, Drawing Down Divine Grace, and Prophetic Kabbalah. Sherwin not only presents primary texts in translation, but also offers an explanation of each selection and provides a bibliography for further study.
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Sherwin's introduction to Jewish mysticism is the most lucid, insightful and comprehensive treatment in its genre in any language. He offers a balanced vision of the variety of mystical phenomena in Judaism in an accessible and precise language. -- Moshe Idel, Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem In Kabbalah: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism, Professor Byron Sherwin has accomplished the impossible-he has made the esoteric and unbelievably complex teachings of Kabbalah accessible, offering an accurate and graceful gateway into the world of Jewish mysticism. Sherwin demonstrates how Kabbalah is an authentic expression of Jewish teachings, and draws on every aspect of Jewish tradition-law, legend, philosophy, theology, liturgy, ethics, and the rituals of observance. Sherwin's remarkable book finally provides the step-by-step introduction to Kabbalah that has been so desperately needed. -- Howard Schwartz, Author of Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism Exceptional work...examine[s] the aura surrounding Kabbalah, demystifying the ancient lore and making it a more accessible bank of information for the interested and curious reader. * Jewish Book World * Sherwin's book is one of those rare finds: an accessible introductory work written by a distinguished scholar. The author's command of the historical material is very capable, and he leavens the scholarship with personal perspectives and even meditation instructions. -- Jay Michaelson * Foreword Reviews * A comprehensive illustration of the five 'models', and thus presents a thematic investigation into Kabbalah. * Journal of Jewish Studies * At a time when there is much distortion of Jewish mysticism, this book presents a clear introduction to the authentic Jewish mystical tradition. Rabbi Sherwin wonderfully illuminates the genuine mystical dimension of Judaism. This book should be required reading for courses on the Jewish tradition and will make fascinating reading for all spiritual seekers. -- Harold Kasimow, George Drake Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Grinnell College

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Byron L. Sherwin is Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. He is an internationally recognized authority on Jewish theology, ethics and mysticism, and the author or editor of twenty-five books and over 150 articles and monographs, including Golems Among Us (Ivan R. Dee Publishers), Workers of Wonders (Rowman & Littlefield) and The Cubs and the Kabbalist: A Novel (West Oak Press).


Chapter 1 Entering the Orchard: An Invitation to the Study of Jewish Mysticism Chapter 2 Models of Jewish Mystical Experience Chapter 3 Normal Mysticism Chapter 4 Access Codes: The Sefirot Chapter 5 Mystical Intimacy Chapter 6 Addressing God's Needs Chapter 7 Drawing Down Divine Grace Chapter 8 Prophetic Kabbalah Chapter 9 Combined Models: Religious Life Chapter 10 Combined Models: Magic and Messianic Redemption