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Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos by Lawrence Fine
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Aug 19, 08

bookshelves: mysticism, judaism
Read in August, 2008

This is the finest piece of work on Lurianic Kabbalah. What makes this book stand out is how well it is written. Unlike many academic tomes that are written intentionally in a cryptic jargon and unlike some works on the subject that are intentionally vague in order to preserve the hidden secrets of Kabbalah, this book is extremely clear and is intelligible by anyone who has a basic background in Jewish Mysticism. The author clearly has a good grasp of the Lurianic mythology. He also spends a good section of the book discussing Lurianic praxis - how to produce mystical states. Before reading this book, read Art Green's Introduction to the Zohar for the background. Luria intentionally viewed himself as a reincarnation of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai, the main character of the Zohar.
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