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This authentic translation into English of two Kabbalah texts written in Hebrew asks deeply personal questions about the essence of an individual and the existence of a soul. Discussing the experience of an individual and the role of humans in creation, it offers an understanding of the places of evil, suffering, compassion, and joy in the full experience of divine love. The Kabbalah is presented here not as an esoteric study limited to the divinely inspired, but as a universal pathway of the spirit. Coming from the West rather than the East, this book fills a long-awaited gap as it teaches an essential spirituality within the conceptual framework of the Judeo-Christian tradition.
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More About Yehudah Lev Ashlag, Yedidyah A. Kohen, Mark R. Cohen, Mark R. Cohen & Yedidyah A. Kohen
Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag (1886-1955) was the author of Perush HaSulam, the first major commentary ever written on the Zohar, the key work of the Kabbalah, which dates from the first century.
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Enlightenment Mar 14, 2007
As one unfamiliar with Hebrew history, this book by Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag is a bolt of lightning to your entire being, illuminating a hidden and ancient wisdom. Once you start reading, you can't put the book down because the wisdom and truth of what is revealed is addictive. I am humbled, honored and very privileged to have been able to read this spiritual work and look forward to furthering my study of Kabbalah.
Anyone who is searching for the truth of why we are here, glimpses of God's creative powers, why there is good and evil, please read "In the Shadow of the Ladder; Introductions to Kabbalah" by Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag.
It is a revelation that will fill you up to overflowing with the most wonderful feeling/knowledge that even though things are not "right with the world" God is in control and always will be.
A timeless classic Nov 1, 2006
This book while seemingly short is thick with very profound information. I found myself constantly rereading sections in an effort to understand the material. The book contains much material and expresses Ideas I have not only ever seen expressed before but the style and clarity is superb. While I found myself learning all sorts of new things I was constanly amazed with the concepts shown throughout the book. The authoers did a remarkable job of bringing this mostly unknown information out to the masses. A must read for anyone serious about kabbalah and certainly not a book for the begginer
You can also hear the author every week on the radio! Apr 25, 2006
Yedida Cohen gives beautiful short lectures in Kabbalah (10 minutes long) every week on The Eyshet Chayil Show through Israel National Radio, which you can hear for free on the internet.
If you like this book, listen to her lively, soulful explanations of kabbalistic concepts every week.
The source of our kabbalistic understanding... Oct 25, 2004
This book is a MUST for the serious student of Kabbalah. Rabbi Ashlag revealed the secrets of kabbalah and taught in such a way that was not only appropriate for our generation, but would revolutionize this "secret wisdom" forever. Not an easy read, but definitely recommended as the student begins to delve into the source material of kabbalah.
I read and reread this book often. In fact, it's now sitting on my nightstand. A book like this also benefits from discussing it over, so find a reading partner!
a fan of the hassidic masters Feb 27, 2004
I chose to read the book because of the interest that teacher yedidah cohen has managed to present in classes, in print, on the internet, and even on israel radio. the book contains excellent teachings but the language is complex and requires a good memory. Rabbi Ashlag was born in Warsaw, Poland and enriched jewish knowledge in erez yisroel before he passed away. we are the beneficiaries that his writings survive with disciples to help explain rabbi ashlag's universal wisdom and truth. Rabbi Ashlag held his vision before him at all times and is reflected in his introduction to the zohar. he seems to uphold the vision of peace, a vision of unity, and a vision of love. His understanding may be a key to enter into jewish kabbalistic wisdom. I recommend this book to all level of readers. it's a beginners book into kabbalah that will change you as you read on and persevere. if any one has an interest in knowing what kabbalah leads to they need only begin by reading the excellent translation and comentary of Mark and Yedidah Cohen.