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On the Mystical Shape of the Godhead: Basic Concepts in the Kabbalah

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"Scholem's treatment is complex and stylistically brilliant as he systemically analyzes the history and intellectual background of these critical ideas. Highly recommended."--Library Journal.


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ebook, 336 pages
Published March 30th 2011 by Schocken (first published 1962)
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David
I heard a disciple of Gershom Scholem in a podcast of the show ON BEING and thought I would look into what Scholem wrote about the Kabbalah. What I found was a decent primer on the most prevalent Kabbalistic concepts with chapters for overarching Kabbalistic ideas like Adam Kadmon (primordial man), Shechina, Tzaddikim (righteous people), Gilgulim (soul transmutation or reincarnation) and others.

I find Kabbalah intriguing because I enjoy learning about the mystical symbols that can be derived and
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My brother gave me this book 3 or 4 years ago and it continues to change my life. Definitely a good one.
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Gerhard Scholem who, after his immigration from Germany to Israel, changed his name to Gershom Scholem (Hebrew: גרשם שלום) (December 5, 1897 – February 21, 1982), was a German-born Israeli philosopher and historian. He is widely regarded as the founder of the modern, academic study of Kabbalah, becoming the first Professor of Jewish Mysticism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.[1] His close fri ...more
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