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The Bahir

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The Bahir is one of the oldest and most important of all classical Kabbalah texts. Until the publication of the Zohar, the Bahir was the most influential and widely quoted primary source of Kabbalistic teachings. The Bahir is quoted in every major book on Kabbalah, the earliest being the Raavad's commentary on Sefer Yetzirah, and it is cited numerous times by Rabbi Moshe b ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 7th 1977 by Jason Aronson, Inc.
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Jan 17, 2014 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me say, first, that this is extraordinarily intricate and complicated. I have only the roughest knowledge of the precepts of Kabbalah, and found this to be quite difficult to get through. The book is structured into five parts (1. The first verses of creation, 2. The alphabet, 3. The Seven Voices and Sefirot, 4. The Ten Sefirot, and 5. Mysteries of the soul). Kaplan does a masterful job in the introductory analysis, and parts are extraordinarily compelling.

From the introduction, one of the m
Apr 12, 2007 josh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: spiritual people, meditators, people seeking to expand thier mind in a God linked way.
And now they do not see light, it is brilliant (Bahir) in the skies. Job 37:21. And that is what this book is; brilliant. Takes another look at the Sefirot and concepts such as the Divine Constriction. This book has a translated version in the first half and a commentary by Rab. Aryeh Kaplan in the second half. Very enlightening.
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Nov 22, 2012 Arthur Gershman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Challenging. Not for the beginning Kabbalah student.
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Born in New York City.
Rabbi and Physicist.

Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan ZT"L was a world-well-known author. In his short lifetime he wrote over over 50 books. He was born in the Bronx, New York City, and studied to the local Yeshiva. He later continued his training at different Yeshivot in Israel. As a graduate student, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan was described in a scientific "Who's Who" as the most promising young
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