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Meditation and Judaism


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Chapter 1 Meditation . . . A Jewish Concept? Chapter 2 Defining Meditation Chapter 3 Extraordinary Phenomena Encountered Through Meditation Chapter 4 Preparing for the Meditative Session Chapter 5 A Classification of Jewish Meditations Chapter 6 Meditation and the Five Senses Chapter 7 The Four Who Encountered the Orchard: The Spiritual Trappings of Advanced Meditations Chapter 8 The Spirituality of the Torah as It Relates to Meditation Chapter 9 Intellectual Analytical Meditation Chapter 10 Divine Ecstasy: Achieving the State of No Self-Awareness Chapter 11 The Ayin of Jewish Meditation Versus the Nothingness in Other Meditations Chapter 12 Character Refinement-Meditating to Achieve a Better Self Chapter 13 Eight Steps to Meditation

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DovBer Pinson is a world-renowned scholar, thinker, teacher, and author. His books include Reincarnation and Judaism, Inner Rhythms, and Toward the Infinite. Presently he is Dean of the Iyyun Institute in Brooklyn.


This clearly written work is a comprehensive study of Jewish meditation, offering an in-depth study of Jewish meditative practices through history. Rabbi Pinson (Inner Rhythms: The Kabbalah of Music), currently the Rosh Kollel Dean of Advanced Studies in Vancouver, Canada, offers a refreshingly substantive addition to a field rife with misinformation. Pinson refers to various secular thinkers, but his great strength lies in his masterly knowledge of the Jewish sages, among them the seven Chabad Rebbes, the Maharal, the Baal Shem Tov, the Malbim, the Rosh, and many others. He traces the historical evolution of meditation in Jewish thought, showing how these Jewish sages have addressed the subject. Pinson also shows expert familiarity with classic Jewish texts, such as the Tanakh, mishnah, Bavli, Zohar, and Sefer Yetzirah. A welcome addition to the field of meditation and Judaism, this scholarly book is recommended for synagogue libraries, meditation centers, and public libraries with deep collections in Judaica.-David B. Levy, Beth Avraham Synagogue Lib., Baltimore Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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