Zohar: The Book of Splendor: Basic Readings from the Kabbalah
by Gershom Scholem
One of the great masterpieces of Western religious thought, the Zohar represents an attempt to uncover hidden meanings behind the world of appearances. It is the central work in the literature of the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. This volume of selected passages from the Zohar, culled by the greatest authority on Jewish mysticism, offers a sampling of its unique vision of the esoteric wonders of creation; the life and destiny of the soul; the confluence of physical and divine love; suffering and death; exile and redemption.
Amazon customer review: “The book is very short – only about 125 pages. It is written in very easy to understand English by a well-known scholar on the subject, Gershom Scholem, and provides the reader with a nice introduction to some of the more prominent and interesting components of the Zohar. The introduction to the book sets the stage for the reader by providing sufficient background and explanation so that the reader, once immersed in the Zohar translation itself, has a framework to understand and evaluate the context. The excerpts from the Zohar will make the reader think, and provide a glimpse into some of the more esoteric Jewish rabbinical thought. A good intro on the subject.”
Book Club meeting schedule for 2019-2020.
All meetings in the Kol Emet library at 5:45 PM unless otherwise noted.
Sept. 20: Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow
Oct. 18: The Calling: A Novel About Spiritual Awakening by Gonzalo S. Rey
Nov. 22: Stalking Elijah: Adventures with Today’s Jewish Mystical Masters by Rodger Kamenetz
Dec. 13: The Last Watchman of Old Cairo: A Novel by Michael David Lukas
Jan. 17: Zohar: The Book of Splendor: Basic Readings from the Kabbalah by Gershom Scholem
Feb. 7: The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel by Heather Morris
Mar. 6: To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility by Jonathan Sacks
Mar. 29 at 10:00 AM – Tikkun Olam Book of the Year: The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture by Mary Pipher
May 8: The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
June 5: The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning by Jonathan Sacks