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Publisher's Summary

Simple Kabbalah shows how to bring esoteric knowledge into everyday life. Scholar Kim Zetter presents a brief history of ancient kabbalistic beliefs, explaining key tenets and the main symbol, the Tree of Life. Meditations and exercises help listeners learn to use kabbalah to calm the mind, sharpen awareness, and improve relationships.

©1999 Conari Press (P)2000 Phoenix Books

Critic Reviews

"This book is a useful introduction for those who wish to investigate arcane elements of Jewish theology and philosophy." (Publishers Weekly)
“Zetter, a longtime journalist on Jewish and Israeli topics, has done an admirable job making Kabbalah accessible, with clear descriptions of the history of Kabbalah, its theology, and of the mystical Tree of Life at its center.” (Library Journal)
“Zetter has written a masterful account of the influence of Kabbalah on mankind over the ages and a respectful look at this part of Jewish culture and thought. Theodore Bikel, one of our most respected and beloved actors, gives this material the reverence it deserves by transcending awareness of himself and inhabiting the essence of the author's message.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Rodrigo
  • Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 02-04-15

Small, Simple, Great!!!

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With a precise language, the author discusses SHORTLY about the principles of Kabbalah. A very nice mnemonic on all the lexicon of the basic words and characters of the history of Kabbalah. Indicated for beginners and early stdents, but for those who already studied for years... It is still a very good memory strenghtner.<br/>The narrator pronounces the hebrew words correctly, with an acceptable and pleasant accent. Five stars, indeed, for fulfilling its task.

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Nicely done

Having come to this book with nothing more than curiosity of Kabbalah, reading this offered background, historical context, and a simple introduction to basic foundational concepts of Kabbalah. Like learning how to tread water before starting an intensive swimming class. Of course the Hebrew words, letters and pronunciations were all "Greek to me", and actual reading will be necessary to learn the words and complete this introduction.

The narrator was clear and pleasant to the ear. Overall, time well spent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Interesting beginners listen

Theodore Bikel's voice was constantly dropping. It made it very difficult to listen in a car or through any type of speaker system. Had to use ear buds. I'm sure I lost a lot of the book due to this.

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Simple Kabbalah

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very enjoyable. Well read. And worth listening to twice. Overall good. Thought that the stories added to the quality of understanding. I enjoyed.

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If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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  • david
  • columbus, OH, United States
  • 11-17-13

excellent book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is excellent for someone who is really interested in the kabbalah. I originally had this book on cassette tapes, and I still have them however. When I have the opportunity to have this title for my kindle it's a must.

What other book might you compare Simple Kabbalah to and why?

David Copper any title.

Which character – as performed by Theodore Bikel – was your favorite?

He is very professional, and has a nice voice range

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's not about a laugh or a cry, it's about the kabbalah it is filled with good information and is well written.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful