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I’ve added some more books to the Shalom Salam bookstore and several new categories such as Kabbalah and Jewish-Sufi dialogue. The link is in the blogroll over to the right or click here. The image on the left is of a book by Melila Hellner-Eshed, A River flows from Eden: The Language of Mystical experience in the Zohar. The following is an excerpt of which you can read more by clicking on the image.
Excerpt: The Zohar is the jewel in the crown of Jewish mystical literature. It is unparalleled in terms of its acceptance, sanctity, and influence on the consciousness of generations of Jews–and all this despite its apparently sudden appearance toward the end of the thirteenth century. Its mysterious style, and the unique mystical-religious dimension it offered Jewish life, quickly captured the hearts and minds of its readers. The mythical-erotic creativity that burst forth from its pages turned the Zohar into a world unto itself. Its surprising interpretations of biblical verses resonated in the souls of many, along with its deep insights into the human psyche–in both joy and grief.