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“Meditation and the Bible” by Aryeh Kaplan (Kindle Edition)

This book teaches you how to meditate by showing you the mysterious secrets of meditation used by the Holy Prophets of  G-d. If you have ever wondered what the Prophets did in the Bible to attain the states of consciousness needed to see into the future or just to receive Divine Guidance in their everyday lives you will find answers in this book. (Amazon)

Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, author of  this book, was an orthodox Jew with a rare gift for explaining Jewish mysticism in clear, accurate layperson’s terms. When this book first came out, it was a major theological breakthrough, in that it presented an authentically JEWISH view of meditative practices that are hinted at in the Bible. In my opinion, it is required reading for anybody — Jew or gentile — who wants to understand how Jews meditate, with authentic references to prove that meditation is kosher – Rabbi Yonassan Gershom.

In addition to valuable and readable commentaries on Sefer Yetzirah and Sefer Bahir, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan wrote three books on meditation. The other two are: “Meditation and Kabbalah” and “Jewish Meditation.” From a practical perspective, “Jewish Meditation” is far and away the best, however, reading the other two provides one with a more inclusive, theoretical background and context within which to practice. This volume is quite valuable and a contribution to both meditation per se and to Bible study. I’d put it in the middle of the 3 in value, if forced to choose. It’s rare to find an author who is both scholar and practitioner, so Kaplan’s books on meditation and on Kabbalah are particularly valuable and accessible to the reader. Of course, they are not introductory books–of which there are innumerable versions in bookstores. It helps to have a solid background in the basics before tackling Kaplan’s texts. But it isn’t essential.” Kaplan’s texts are appropriate to both the serious student and the serious practitioner of meditation and of Kabbalah. – Neal J. Pollock (Amazon)

Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan (23 October 1934 – January 28, 1983) was a noted American Orthodox Rabbi and author, known for his “intimate knowledge of  both physics and kabbalah“. He was lauded as an original thinker and prolific writer, from studies of the Torah, Talmud and mysticism, to introductory pamphlets on Jewish beliefs and philosophy aimed at non-religious and newly religious Jews. His works are often regarded as a significant factor in the growth of the baal teshuva movement.

“Meditation and the Bible” by Aryeh Kaplan is available for iPhone,  iPod Touch,  iPad with free Amazon app  (download app – here)

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2190 KB
Publisher: Red Wheel Weiser (June 1, 1978)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
Price: $11.74 (Buy now)

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