Jewish Meditation

Jewish Meditation : A Practical Guide

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Students of mediation are usually surprised to discover that a Jewish mediation tradition exists and that it was an authentic and integral part of mainstream Judaism until the eighteenth century. Jewish Meditation is a step-by-step introduction to meditation and the Jewish practice of meditation in particular. This practical guide covers such topics as mantra meditation, contemplation, and visualization within a Jewish context. It shows us how to use meditative techniques to enhance prayer using the traditional liturgy--the Amidah and the Shema. Through simple exercises and clear explanations of theory, Rabbi Kaplan gives us the tools to develop our spiritual potential through an authentically Jewish meditative practice.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 132 x 202 x 14mm | 60g
  • Schocken Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0805210377
  • 9780805210378
  • 86,027

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Kaplan shows that meditation is consistent with traditional Jewish thought and practice. The book presents a variety of meditative techniques to help make the reader a better person, and develop a closer relationship to God.
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Review quote

"The classic text for Jews who want to experience the meditative methods of their own spiritual tradition."
--Daniel Goleman, author of The Meditative Mind

"[This is] the first book to read on the subject. It is a gentle, clear introduction and provides exercises and practices that can be used right away by any Jew who wants a deeper prayer experience."
--Rodger Kamenetz, author of The Jew in the Lotus

"New and old davveners can learn from this sainted teacher how to deepen their holy processes . . . One can, with the help of God and the aid of this manual, tap into the Cosmic."
--Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi "A guide to Jewish prayer and meditation that is both grounded in the tradition and genuinely mind-expanding. For anyone seeking to connect with the spiritual side of Judaism, this book is essential."
--William Novak "At a time when Jews are rediscovering their hunger for spirituality, Kaplan's clear and comprehensive book could well be one of the most important Jewish books of our time.
--Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
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About Aryeh Kaplan

ARYEH KAPLAN, who died in 1983, was a well-known Orthodox rabbi and teacher of Jewish meditation. He is the author of many books, including a translation of the Torah commentary Me'am Lo'ez.
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