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The Path of Kabbalah: Revealing the Hidden Wisdom. Rav Michael Laitman PhD
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"Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any manner of likeness" (Exodus 20:3). This commandment from the Bible is the basis of the Kabbalistic wisdom, for Kabbalists know that the only true reality is that of His Essence, the Upper Force. When we accept this concept, we can become truly open to the prospect of freedom for every person, for every nation, and for the entire world. While the structure of reality and how we perceive it are at the surface of this book, it is the underlying story of the human soul that truly captivates us: this is about you and me, and all of us. It is about the way we were, the way we are, and the way we will be

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Edition: Paperback
Number of Pages: 382
Date Published: December 2005
ISBN #: 0973231599


Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 5 Write a review.

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Are you up to the challenge? December 22, 2010
Reviewer: Patty Breton from Edmonton, AB Canada  
I found this book generated a real variety of emotions as I read it.  I ranged through being inspired, frustrated, encouraged, connected, disconnected, passionate, confused, etc.  Most of the time I was in agreement with what I was reading and occasionally I was in complete disagreement.  Ultimately I was intrigued, fascinated and left wanting even more.  This book truly challenged me to become a better person.

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simple? February 16, 2010
Reviewer: Jim McClaren from St. Louis, MO United States  
E equals mc2.  It is a simple equation yet its implications could and do fill volumes. Kabbalah is the the revelation of His Godliness to his creatures. Simple. But reading all the books dealing with authentic Kabbalah much less the books by authors who do not know what they are talking about would be a daunting task indeed.
Michael Laitman comes to our rescue with his book The Path of Kabbalah.  In this book he manages to explain the what why and how of a very complex subject and present it in a digestible form. It appeals to both the beginner and the experienced student of kabbalah.


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February 27, 2009
Reviewer: Tiago Pinto from Lisboa, Portugal  
I am still going through this one and what can i say..
I feel the approach on The Path of Kabbalah on the subject of structure of the upper worlds is very lightweighted from what i could see when looking at Kabbalah for the Student or Introduction to the Book of Zohar Vol.I but it is this period of internal acceptance that makes all the learning valuable, first you reject it then it becomes part of you.
Of all the insights the book provides i relate to the one concerning the Wise Student.
Shalom to all,
T

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February 23, 2009
Reviewer: sally stroud from klamth falls, OR, United States  
When I started reading The Path of Kabbalah I soon realized this is a book that teaches that real freedom is available for individuals, nations and the world. This wisdom contains the structure of reality and our perception of reality as the basis of the path of Kabbalah. The Path of Kabbalah is a wonderful book of instruction on changing our perceptions in order to awaken to the actual realities and freedom that can be ours in this lifetime.

The Path of Kabbalah details our past, present and future and the world view that determines how we see things, and how our perception decides our reactions, feelings and reality as well as the importance of changing our perception in order to change our reality.

I found the question and answer section in parts one through seven particularly helpful in expanding on and clarifying passages in each chapter. Answers to such as: What is life for? Can we influence the events of our lives? and How do our thoughts affect our environment?

The chapter on Genesis, the seven days of Creation, presents authentic Kabbalistic wisdom on the reality of Torah. This is a clear demonstration of how a changed perception can enhance reality. Concluding with the story of Abraham and how his experiences relate not not only to his own existence in ancient times but to each and every one of us today.

The Path of Kabbalah written by Rav Michael Laitman PhD leaves nothing to be desired if you are searching for a book that will take you from Chapter One: The Beginning, through Proper Study, to The Inner Meaning with the wisdom of Kabbalah and a new way to live and understand your life.

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November 15, 2006
Reviewer: Don Thompson from San Jose, CA, United States  
I wanted to review the book. The Path of Kabbalah, by Michael Laitman.

I am a student of the contemporary interpretation of Kabbalah as taught by Laitman and have been so for about three and a half years. My background is an eclectic one comprised of studies in biology, art and the social sciences. What does it mean when I say I have studied Kabbalah? In the US, kabbalah can be studied, from the academic point of view or from the view of an actual practitioner of Kabbalah with an actual teacher. The former allows the reader to survey the material with the view of the scholar who has knowledge of context, yet not necessarily the knowledge of experience, hence an academic author due to purely rational reasons cannot do the experience of Kabbalah justice. For the Kabalistic mind is a mind that is training or trained to access mental capacity and sensation beyond reason.

Kabbalah is a very ancient view of the world stemming from or compiled from cultures even older than 5700 years ago. It's name means the Way of Receiving. Receiving What? Don't we receive everything from our 5 senses? The Kabbalist would chuckle and proceed to diagram and outline to a student the myriad sensations that comprise an individual's state of mind, separate from the experiences of the 5 senses. Kabbalah rightly ascribes those sensations or feelings as acts of reception; reception from whom?

The Kabbalist's universe at its most spare and abstract level is defined as harboring two unique and fundamental forces; the desire to bestow or altruism and the desire to receive or egoism. The desire to bestow, also known as the Singular, unique and fundamental quanta of the universe, or simply Creator is the source. It's action creates the desire to receive. This "thing" or "it" is extremely complex, but it has a plan and an original thought, that has been discerned by the great sages of Kabbalah.

This thesis is what is discussed in The Path of Kabbalah, it is discussed from the point of view of the person receiving this energy or this thought of creation. It quickly goes into the root of creation and purpose of an individual and seeks to explain the first order sensations. One of which is the point in the heart; the heart being the metaphoric term for the emotional feeling state of a person. The point in the heart is the desire so to speak to attain a connection to this wider universe created by the Creator. If a person has a desire to attain spirituality, they will know it and Kabbalah speaks to the further refinement of this attainment.

The book is broken down into the following sections:

Part One: The Beginning ....................................9
Part Two: Phases of Spiritual Evolution ................... 70
Part Three: The Structure of the Upper Worlds .......140
Part Four: Proper Study ........................................... 253
Part Five: Religion, Prejudice and Kabbalah .......... 306
Part Six: Genesis ..................................................... 320
Part Seven: The Inner Meaning ................................ 33
Detailed Table of Contents ..................................... 372
Our Other Books ........................................................ 377
About Bnei Baruch ................................................... 379
How To Contact Bnei Baruch ................................. 380

To a potential reader: I believe this text will give you a very good introduction to the spiritual methodology of Kabbalah. The text outlines the basics one needs to understand it as a spiritual methodology to attain transcendence and an invitation to join with others in pursuing this method.


A note on the intent of this particular school's emphasis. Laitman tells the story of how he came to know Baruch Ashlag, his mentor.

The rabbi did not teach his students for the purpose of accumulating
theoretical knowledge of the names of spiritual concepts, or for the
purpose of philosophizing without understanding the nature of things.
Instead, he wanted to bring his students to a state where they would feel
these concepts. This is an entirely different method than a theoretical
study. In that method, the purpose is not the quantity of knowledge that
the student acquires, but its quality, meaning, the extent to which the
things the student hears help him approach the things he reads about
by himself.

As a person committed to this spiritual path, the above quote strikes me as the deep intention of this school, to give to a person seriously looking for a spiritual path either from a Jewish or Christian perspective, a methodology to pursue the attainment of a mystical union with the greater whole.

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