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Book Recommendation: “Jewish Meditation” by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan

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A rather sad reality until today Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan is already mentioning in his book on JEWISH MEDITATION:
Many Jews who know nothing about their own religion think that Judaism is only boring and not spiritual at all. The amount of laws and Mitzvot appear to be scary and unnecessary. Especially today, people are searching for spirituality and think that only Far Eastern religions such as the idol – worship Buddhism is able to satisfy their spiritual hunger. Instead of looking deeper into Judaism, secular Jews rather concentrate on other religions.
The Orthodox Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan is very famous for his spiritual and kabbalistic books. Literature I can only recommend. Rabbi Kaplan was one of the first Orthodox Rabbis writing about Jewish meditation. I am stressing JEWISH because there are various kinds of meditation. Jews not learning the Jewish way of meditation could get lost in Eastern religion, Christendom or Islam practices.
First, one has to learn the Jewish way of meditation and you don’t even have to finish reading Aryeh Kaplan’s great meditation guide. Already after reading the first twenty pages or so, you get lots of helpful information and are able to try out your first meditation. I am not such a spiritual person who wants to “fly” but while sitting on my balcony and reading about the first meditation practice, I started trying it out. It even worked out for me and, as I said, I am not that type at all. 🙂
Jewish Meditation is a great guide and has nothing to do with flaky Madonna and the Kabbalah Center.

4 thoughts on “Book Recommendation: “Jewish Meditation” by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan

  1. I have Sefer Yetzirah by Aryeh Kaplan and am working through it now hopefully in the future i can pick this book up to. Another problem is some non kosher so called schools of Kabbalah mix ideas with far eastern idolatrous nonsense.

  2. B”H

    I also have his Sefer Yetzirah and it is anything but easy to study. 🙂 You should also try Rabbi Kaplan’s Sefer Bahir ! Maybe even before Sefer Yetzirah.

    What Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan does in his meditation book is listing all kinds of Jewish meditation possibilities. He stresses that it is not easy to learn Jewish meditation but that a learning process is necessary in order not to get lost in false Eastern religion meditations.

    • Some of it is definitely difficult to follow in the later chapters, i looked into Sefer Bahir before. So you think Sefer Bahir before Sefer Yetzirah would compliment or help along with learning Sefer Yetzirah?

  3. B”H

    Sefer Yetzirah is more detailed but when it comes to study the basics, Sefer HaBahir is definitely of great help.

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