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5.0 out of 5 stars Clarity, simplicity, beautifully written, 26 May 2002
I am amazed by the ability of Rabbi Kaplan to teach the Mystical principles of Judaism with such clarity. When I pick this commentary up I want to read it through in one go but always find myself meditating on a small section. His teachings indeed fit the principle that 'what is to be revealed is at first hidden'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, accessible text, explanation and teachings, 19 Aug 1998
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I began with Path of the Kabbalah by David Sheinkin, M.D. and was led to this book through that text. I knew absolutely nothing about Judaisn and the Kaballah and Sheinkin's book was the first place to start. I immediately had to get my hands on the real books of mystical Kabbalah. Kaplan's writing is outstanding. The repetition of information while new pieces are layered, more repetition, more layers is very effective. Then move on to Meditations and the Bible and/or Meditations and the Kabbalah, and the Zohar. Sheinkin's book mentions key writers such as Kaplan and Scholem, though the later is very critical and academic rather than accessible and ready to put into practice.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the scientific and spiritual teachings, 25 July 1999
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Rabbi Kaplan, Z"L, makes a great insight on this short, but extremely deep book. He uses his knowledge in physics to make us approach to such a very ancient text in today's language. Basically a meditative text, Kaplan suggests its basic applications as well as an insight on how to make a Golem. Anyway, as he states elsewhere in this, and his other titles, all these practices should be treated with maturity and some respect (if you don't believe in this stuff's truth, just skip that), for you can get psychologically or spiritually damaged. Absolutely recommendable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best scholarly work to date of a key mystical Jewish text., 19 Aug 1997
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There are many books on the qabbala, kaballah, or cabala. As far as current scholarship on the key text of qabbala within the contemporary Jewish tradition (post Lurianic) this work is the best and simplest serious study of the texts themselves. Kaplan discusses all the known texts, gives voice to all major scholars in the field as to the date of this text, then carefully analyzes this mystical text line by line. There are many great works out there Kaplan refers us to (Scholem of course), and alternative directions (Lullian and hermetic), but for a very comprehensive yet straightforward look at the major qabalistic text from a traditional Jewish view of today, you can't go wrong with Kaplan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important commentary about the Sefer Yetzirah, 25 Sep 1998
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Like all books written by Aryeh Kaplan this one is wonderful and, perhaps , the best. Sepher Yetzirah is of difficult interpretation and he made it easier and comprehensible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sefer Yetzirah, Kaplan's Translation, A Critical Review, 2 Aug 2009
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I am writing back-to-back reviews on two of Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan's books. This along with Meditation and Kabbalah, are books that I'm cautious recommending to experienced meditators or intellectuals.

This book is by no-means for the general public. This edition is edited by Rabbi Kaplan has a couple of sections most notably an edited and an expanded formulas that were known and used. The Sefer Yetzirah, the Book of Creation or Formation (depending on your translator) reveals and explores among other things how the Names of God were used by the prophets upto the Talmudic period. This subject is particularly dense and will not make a whole lot of sense unless the reader has more than the basics of Judaism and Biblical Hebrew. There are many controversial things discussed and caution should be considered. I have no doubt that many of the claims that our forefathers made in their journals in relations to the use of the letters (formation) and the permutation were legitimate, but it was not meant for everyone as some rabbis' testified that many other rabbis' met with early demise because of their lack of understanding and preparation
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 13 Feb 2013
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This is a complete guide to the spiritual and esoteric Hebraic world, however it is not for the faint heart ed. Also it is important to have a grounding in Hebrew. It is a very very hard to comprehend book, however it hold many gems and secrets, so it is well worth further inquiry. Much like anything in our present reality, what effort you put in will be the result at the end........
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