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Nine and a Half Mystics: The Kabbala Today

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
This revised edition of a modern classic includes a new Foreword by Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel and an Afterword by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, editor of The Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition, as well as a Coda by the author in which he explores the many paths being traveled today in the search for the treasures of the Kabbala.
Paperback, 420 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Touchstone (first published 1969)
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Stan
Nov 05, 2016 Stan rated it really liked it
I'd read this book around 20 years ago, and this time around it got even better. It is part social anthrolpology, part theology, part personal voyage of discovery. Weiner, who published the first edition at the end of the sixties, was truly ahead of his time. Having done his "research" mostly in the late 40's though the early 60's, he was out in front of the curve of the Age of Aquarius and the New Age. in fact, the publication of the first edition of this book led immediately to his being ...more
Ben
Aug 21, 2012 Ben rated it it was ok
The Kabbala is of interest to me, but this book...meh. The author is frankly not a very good writer, never has any depth in the details that are actually interesting and instead just presents a fairly disassembled book that does not flow and honestly has left me with a mixed and incomplete understanding of the Kabbala. The book also left me with a fairly depressing view of this philosophy, seeing as even these alleged mystics had serious personal flaws and hardly carried themselves as ...more
Bob
Nov 24, 2010 Bob rated it really liked it
Not the kind of book you read from cover to cover but it's been on my shelf since the teenage mysticism years and a periodic dip back in is a pleasure. Weiner's style is anecdotal rather than scholarly but packs in a lot of detail - you have to absorb quite a bit of Jewish religious history on the fly, rather than getting it in an expository schoolbook manner.
In the chapter on Gershom Scholem, the legendary Hebrew University scholar, Weiner quotes an unnamed Jerusalem rabbi on the subject of the
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Ron Krumpos
Jul 16, 2014 Ron Krumpos rated it liked it
"Nine and a Half Mystics: The Kabbalah Today" is one of the books in the secondary bibliography of my free ebook on comparative mysticism. "The greatest achievement in life" at suprarational.org/gail2012.pdf has been reviewed on Goodreads.
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I read when I was 19. Some terrific chapters in this book.
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