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The Essential Zohar: The Source of Kabbalistic Wisdom

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For thousands of years, no book has been more shrouded in mystery than the Zohar, yet no book offers us greater wisdom. The central text of Kabbalah, the Zohar is a commentary on the Bible’s narratives, laws, and genealogies and a map of the spiritual landscape. In The Essential Zohar, the eminent kabbalist Rav P. S. Berg decodes its teachings on evil, redemption, human re ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 6th 2004 by Harmony (first published March 26th 2002)
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Mike Bell
Aug 20, 2013 Mike Bell rated it really liked it
I have been getting back into reading, and finished off this insight into Kabbalah recently. I have always been interested in the wisdom of the ancients, from Greek philosophy to the origins of mathematics. The deep connections between symbology and origin in general are revealed through a brief look at the works of the Zohar and the Bible, while making links to modern-day relationships between the weirdness of quantum physics and the eternal oneness of the Hindu and Buddhist religions. I feel w ...more
Andy Oram
May 04, 2015 Andy Oram rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
I enjoyed the explanations of brief Zohar passages in this book and was impressed with Berg's knowledge and passion, but the book is about one-third an explanation of the Zohar and two-thirds exhortations to lead a better life guided by spiritual exploration. I do think the book offers a lot for its size. But I would like a bit more depth and a good deal less sermonizing.I also recommend that readers learn at least a bit about traditional Talmudic commentary (the logic and methods it uses) becau ...more
Terra Bosart
Jun 06, 2009 Terra Bosart rated it really liked it
An excellent source for Kabbalistic interpretations of the capital "B" Bible, and a good way of thinking metaphorically.
Mike Rice
Nov 28, 2015 Mike Rice rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be both engaging and enlightening. As brief overview of the timeless wisdom of Kabbalah, this book explores the principles of that study and expands the both the image of and the understanding of the concepts of God as a universal, infinite being.

What i like most about this book, and the other books of Kabbalah that I have previously read, is the way that Kabbalah creates a beautiful and poetic story of God, rather than a harsh and stoic one. I was also rather pleased to kn
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Todd Lemire
Great Introductory reading

A good introduction to the Zohar and Jewish mysticism. Not very deep for those with a decent metaphysical background. An enjoyable and informative book that leaves me desiring to learn more. Easy to understand and well written. Personally I would have liked to have seen the author go a bit deeper in the first couple of chapters, but overall I was pleased. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more on the topic of the Zohar.
Nick Woodall
An interesting, but ultimately fatalistic book, about the Zohar, which is a Kabbalistic book supposedly about the Scriptures. It seems to be a mixture of Scripture, conjecture, fantasy, myth, legend, and sages interpretations and understandings. I really didn't like it.
Reed
Jan 12, 2014 Reed rated it it was ok
Shelves: jewish-kabbalah
this was my first introduction to the kabbalah/zohar. i just don't know what to think...most of this book seems utterly insane to me. i bought several other books on kabbalah along with this one and am about to start another...we'll see how that goes.
Diana
Jul 15, 2008 Diana marked it as to-read
i have taken on the task to read at least one book on every religion--beginning with the perceived "weird ones".
this will be my first.


Miled
Jun 19, 2015 Miled rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion-judaism
Awesome book for whoever wants to have little bit from everything in the Zohar. It show passages every chapter and explain it to be practical in our everyday life.

5 STARS !!!!!!
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I've been reading this incrementally for a couple of years. It will always have a place on my night stand; it offers power after a hard day.
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