MEDITATION AND THE BIBLE BY ARYEH KAPLAN SAMUEL WEISER, INC. York Beach, Maine First published in by Samuel Weiser, Inc. Meditation and the Bible by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Aryeh Moshe Eliyahu Kaplan was an American Orthodox rabbi and author known for his . (Kaplan himself utilized the meditative form of Kabbalah on a daily basis.) From onward . “A Tribute To Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan”.

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One the one hand, I find it very interesting to get to know a Jewish understanding of the Bible, since the way in which events and prophecies and such are interpreted is sometimes quite different. Kaplan’s note concerning ” Azazel ” Lev Should we follow his method and take the plethora of kabbalsitic texts published by scholars and adapt them as 21st century meditation?

The depth of the earth and beyond the earth. New York Jewish Week. While a graduate student at the University of Maryland, Rabbi Kaplan published the following academic papers:. In fact, I would go so far as to say, that the sincere student of the soul who lacks the Hebrew skills to read the original texts, but who begins his journey here, will find themselves thirsting to begin their studies into learning Hebrew — just so that they can get into these beautiful books, taking the soul to heaven!

The limits are pure ideas, which cannot be verbalized.

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Aryeh Kaplan – Wikipedia

Kaplan also removed as much as possible any anthropomorphism or direct visions of God. Meditation and The Bible takes the student into some of the best of basic texts to start with. Kaplan was described by Rabbi Pinchas Stolperhis original sponsor, as never fearing to speak his mind. fhe

The difference is very well spelt out and documented. He also removes reference to this as done at the time of prayer or to the personified Father in Heaven. Now, one can only do verbal archaeology by looking at meaning of words as translated in older commentaries which may preserve the true meaning. Kaplan did not read texts as visions, he did not a visionary path but one of internalization and mental contemplations.

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Not a huge fan of the river metaphor either, but I figure it’s probably familiar. Those wanting a proper path in the Jewish mystic tradition can feel safe and secure studying the texts which I discuss in these book reviews and other places.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. I have been taking a quick read through, and find it has a very mixed appeal. Readers will immediately see that the writers are people devoted to the sincere tradition without compromising upon real authenitic Torah and without any desire for anything less than sharing with the reader the beauty of authentic Torah and Judaism.

Roger Smith rated it it was amazing Feb 12, Think of the expanses of the sky and below as well as the directions of east, west, north and south. And sometimes Making Complicated turns into a Big Thing you hang on to, and you never get across the river because you are too busy endlessly re-decorating your raft or showing off how many cool dance moves you can do from the middle of the river.

Aryeh Kaplan left a legacy of the thousands of people whom he touched and elevated, and of the scores of books and papers that flowed from his pen.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Collected essays on Jewish themes from the noted writer and thinker. The same way Swami Vivekananda took the medieval Kurma Purana and turned it into modern meditation about sitting straight and focusing.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Academic scholarship in its discussions of Ashkenaz Piety and early kabbalah translate many passages about contemplative visualization done in that era.


A highly radical interpretation of the Bible demonstrating the methods of meditation used by the Prophets to meditatiom their unique states of consciousness.

Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan – Creating 20th Century Jewish Meditation

What if the Reform and Orthodox movements of had turned biblf transcendental idealism to create a meditative Torah? This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

But it is an intensely satisfying experience as well, because this book is crammed with substance and enlightenment. Goleman also focused on Buddhist meditation on infinite space as starting in the 5 th level of Buddhist meditation.

From biography to Kabbalah, from contemporary movements to cosmic speculation, Aryeh Kaplan was at home. Do not place a limit to your thoughts that you think about the creator. If he had not died, he would have been more interested in string theory in the kabbalah than a Jewish ashram. Comments The comments are moderated and checked when I get to them. The New York Times. Kaplan produced works on topics as varied as prayerJewish marriage and meditation ; his writing was also remarkable in that it incorporated ideas from across the spectrum of Rabbinic literatureincluding Kabbalah and Hasidut.

What if this had been the path into modernity for Judaism the way it was for Neo-Hinduism? Arheh, there is a place in which the Holy One, blessed be He, shows the created glory to the prophet according to the arywh of the hour. Kaplan did not grow up religious and was known as “Len”. He put forward creative and original ideas and hypotheses, all the time anchoring them in classical works of rabbinic literature. Then do the same with regard to the future.