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Bibliographic ressources

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).

 

Orthodox

 

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

Pub., 2011

Rubin, David Aharon. Eye to the infinite. A practical guide of Jewish meditation. London: Createspace, 2011.

Traditionnalist

Lahy Georges, Kabbale Extatique et Tšérouf, Paris, Lahy : 1993.

Ouaknin, Marc-Alain. Tsimtsoum: introduction à la méditation hébraïque. Paris : Albin

Michel, 2013.

 

Conservative

 

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.

 

Yitzhak Buxbaum

 

Jewish Renewal

Cooper, David A. God Is a Verb: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism. New York:

Riverhead, 1997

_____________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:

Trumpeter, 2009.

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.

 

Academic perspectives

 

Buber Martin

Elior Rachel

Fine Lawrence, Eitan Fishbane, Or Rose, Jewish Mysticism and the Spiritual Life: Classical Texts, Contemporary approaches

Idel Moshe

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.

Vernant Paul

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