Sleep, Death, and Rebirth - (New Perspectives in Post-Rabbinic Judaism) by Zvi Ish-Shalom (Hardcover)
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About the Book In this penetrating scholarly study, Zvi Ish-Shalom analyzes a set of complex kabbalistic practices taught by the sixteenth century master Isaac Luria, that were designed to capitalize on sleep and death states in order to effectively free oneself from the cycle of rebirth. Book Synopsis In the sixteenth century, the famous kabbalist Isaac Luria transmitted a secret trove of highly complex mystical practices to a select groups of students. These meditations were designed to capitalize on sleep and death states in order to effectively split one's soul into multiple parts, and which, when properly performed, permitted the adept to free oneself from the cycle of rebirth. Through an in-depth analysis of these contemplative practices within the broader context of Lurianic literature, Zvi Ish-Shalom guides us on a penetrating scholarly journey into a realm of mystical teachings and practices never before available in English, illuminating a radically monistic vision of reality at the heart of Kabbalistic metaphysics and practice. About the Author Zvi Ish-Shalom, Ph.D., is an associate professor of wisdom traditions at Naropa University and is the author of The Kedumah Experience: The Primordial Torah.

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