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.
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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.

Publisher: New York : Schocken Books, [1995]
Copyright Date: ©1985
ISBN: 9780805210378
Branch Call Number: 296.72 Kap
Characteristics: xi, 165 pages ; 21 cm

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Dec 05, 2015

An excellent little primer. This is Aryeh Kaplan's brilliant and efficient rundown of general meditation, the history of Jewish meditation, and the beginnings Jewish meditation practice. For tons of Jews who left their synagogues to join (often Buddhist) meditation practices, this may be of interest. This may also be of use to younger Jews who barely even stayed at the shul past high school because it felt so stifled.
Just within the last two centuries, a Jewish practice of meditation that was over a millennium old has nearly disappeared, leaving many introspective Jews trying to find other ways of meditating. This book outlines the deep history of Jewish meditation and then proceeds to give clear and useful information about how to start your own Jewish meditation.

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