Read about Jewish spirituality and meditation from various perspectives
To support your practice and to help you help you understand better and learn about Jewish Meditation, here is a bibliography with the main books published, in English and in French, on the subject.
Reading resources are classified here in two categories: primary literature (books on Jewish meditation), and secondary literature (academic books about Jewish Spirituality).
Jewish Meditation books
In order to help you better know and choose your sources, the bibliography is classified here according to the Jewish denomination or trend, their author belongs to. Sometimes boundaries are not so clear, so please keep in mind that this typology is, as any, limited, as the positioning of the authors is sometimes more complex- some rabbis for instance have an orthodox background and a Jewish Renewal affiliation).
Ḳalonimus, Ḳalman Shapira Ben Elimelekh. Conscious Community: A Guide to Inner Work.
Transl. Andrea Cohen Kiener Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1996
Kaplan, Aryeh. Jewish Meditation: A Practical Guide. New York: Schocken, 1985.
Kaplan, Aryeh. Meditation and the Bible. York Beach, Me.: S. Weiser, 1988.
Kaplan, Aryeh. Meditation and Kabbalah. Boston, MA [u.a.: Weiser, 1985
Kook, Abraham Isaac, and Ben Zion Bokser. The Lights of Penitence ; The Moral Principles ;
Lights of Holiness ; Essays, Letters and Poems. New York: Paulist, 1978.
Pinson, DovBer. Meditation and Judaism: Exploring the Jewish Meditative Paths. Lanham,
MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004.
Pinson, DovBer. Thirty-two Gates of Wisdom: Awakening through Kabbalah. Teaneck, NJ:
Ben Yehuda, 2008
Pinson, DovBer. Reclaiming the Self: On the Pathway of Teshuvah. Brooklyn, NY: Iyyun
Rubin, David Aharon. Eye to the infinite. A practical guide of Jewish meditation. London: Createspace, 2011.
Lahy Georges, Kabbale Extatique et Tšérouf, Paris, Lahy : 1993.
Ouaknin, Marc-Alain. Tsimtsoum: introduction à la méditation hébraïque. Paris : Albin
Lew Alan. Be Still and Get Going: A Jewish Meditation Practice for Real Life. New York:
Little and Brown 2005.
Slater, Jonathan P. Mindful Jewish Living: Compassionate Practice. New York: Aviv, 2004
_______________ A partner in Holiness. Deepening mindfulness, practicing compassion and
enriching our lives through the wisdom of R. Levi Yitzhak of Berdidchev’s Kedushat Levi, Vol.1 and vol.2. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Pub 2014.
Cooper, David A. God Is a Verb: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism. New York:
_____________The Handbook of Jewish Meditation Practices: A Guide for Enriching the
Sabbath and Other Days of Your Life. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Pub., 2000
Davis, Avram. Meditation from the Heart of Judaism: Today's Teachers Share Their Practices,
Techniques, and Faith. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Pub., 1997
__________The Way of Flame: A Guide to the Forgotten Mystical Tradition of Jewish
Meditation. [San Francisco]: HarperSanFrancisco, 1996
Gefen, Nan Fink. Discovering Jewish Meditation: Instruction & Guidance for Learning an Ancient Spiritual Practice. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Pub., 1999
Michaelson, Jay. God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness and Embodied Spiritual
Practice. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Pub., 2007
____________Everything Is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism. Boston:
Roth, Jeff. Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life: Awakening Your Heart, Connecting with God. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Pub., 2009
Shachter Shalomi Zalman
Interreligious/comparative religion perspectives
Fischer, Norman. Opening to You: Zen-inspired Translations of the Psalms. New York:
Viking Compass, 2002.
Glick, Yoel, Seeking the divine presence. The three pillars of Jewish spiritual life, Trattford 2009.
________, Living the Life of Jewish Meditation: A Comprehensive Guide to Practice and
Experience. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2014.
________Walking the path of the Jewish Mystic. How to expand your awareness and
transform your life. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Pub 2015.
Fine Lawrence, Eitan Fishbane, Or Rose, Jewish Mysticism and the Spiritual Life: Classical Texts, Contemporary approaches
Polen Nehamia, The Holy Fire: The Teachings of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira, the Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson Press, 1999.
Scholem, Gershom. Les grands courants de la mystique juive. Paris : Payot,1950.
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