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|Introductory Kabbalah texts
|The Essence of Kabbalah, by Brian L. Lancaster.
I have 20-30 books on Kabbalah, this is easily the best introduction. It, more than any other introductory texts, provides a real insight into what Kabbalah is all about; what it is, how it works as a path. This is a profound and lucid text that provides an true entry into the study of Kabbalah.
|The Essential Kabbalah: Heart of Jewish
Mysticism, by Daniel Matt
Provides a clear overview and a great selection of excerpts from the original texts.
|Intermediate Study Source Text
|Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation: In Theory and Practice
by Aryeh Kaplan
All books by Aryeh Kaplan are exception. This is essential reading. The first source text to read, this will get you in touch with the Kabbalah system.
|Bahir: Illumination by Aryeh Kaplan
Another great translation of an essential Kabbalistic text by Kaplan.
|Ultimately to learn Kabbalah, you must enter into the heart of the Kabbalah, reading the main text, the Zohar. This can be very difficult reading without a mentor. It is a huge undertaking just on the amount of reading (23 large volumes) and it is filled with symbolism, hidden meanings and allegorical stories; even when the philosophy is presented directly, it can be difficult. But the process itself is Divine...
|Advanced: The Zohar is the huge (23 volume) set
|The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, by Daniel Matt
A wonderful translation, deeply annotated. The best English version (still in progress, so far the first four volumes have been printed)
The Zohar (and Kabbalah in general) is very difficult to read on your own without a mentor, theses annotations help.
|The Zohar: The Kabbalah Center In 23 Large Hardbound
Acceptable version from the Kabbalah Center, but the Matt Pritzker edition is preferred for a better translation and the most insightful commentary.
|Hebrew Language Study
|Teach Yourself to Read Hebrew (CD &
Book Set) by Ethelyn Simon, Joseph Anderson
My highest recommendation. I learned more with this small book in a week, than in months of previous study. Ten lessons teach students how to pronounce any Hebrew word (Sephardic pronunciation). Be sure to get the book/CD set, the companion audio ensures the proper pronunciation.
|Shalom TV has an excellent program on learning the Hebrew Alphabet titled From the Aleph Bet
NOTE: I found my SPEAKING skills were greatly improved by learning how to READ Hebrew.
Hebrew II (Audio CD) by
Completing the 2nd volume will give you a basic conversational skill in Hebrew.
|Hebrew Language Study
The Jewish Study Bible: featuring The Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation
if you want to study Hebrew then the interlinear versions have the Hebrew text with each word translated either:
orah: The Five Books of Moses - The Interlinear Bible: Hebrew / English
of the JPS Translation
The Schottenstein Interlinear Edition of the The Torah (and more)has an Interlinear Translation and a commentary (multi-volume)
Old Testament Parsing Guide (get the later revised edition) Todd S. Beall
.. has every VERB conjugated for every verse..
|Hermetic Branch (Only)
|The Qabalistic Tarot: A Textbook of Mystical
Philosophy, by Robert Wang
The single most
important reference for Qabalistic Tarot. If you pursue the Hermetic
study, this is an essential study of the symbolism of Tarot. Relates the
Kabbalah, especially the Tree of Life (it's Sephirot and Paths) to each
card of the Tarot. Presents images from four important decks: the
Golden Dawn Tarot, the Thoth Tarot, the Rider-Waite Tarot,
and the traditional Marseilles deck.
|Hermetic - Specific to the Thoth Deck
|The next section is on Tarot in the context of Kabbalistic study (or Qabalistic may be more accurate).
, by Pamela Eakins.
Tarot as a spiritual practice. Uses the "Tarot of the Spirit" deck by Pamela's mother.
, by Amber Jayanti.
Brings Tarot philosophy into everyday life.
|For those interested in Kabbalah Study
|Other Tarot books
|Tarot as a Spiritual Path
|A breakthrough book, takes Tarot into the 21st Century (post-modern). This can help you transcend the Classical and Hermetic traditions and open into intuitive, expansive readings and a new view of Tarot's possibilities and functions.
|Shalom TV has many wonderful programs. Reading Hebrews lessons,
Also recommended: the series "Kabbalah Revealed" host Anthony Kosenic (a student of Michael Laitman)
My highest recommendation.
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