Sefer Yetzirah (the "Book of Creation"), one of the earliest Kabbalistic works, teaches that the letters of the Hebrew alphabet are the building blocks of creation. Each letter has its own significance, spiritual energy, and reason for existing. In this revised version of Rabbi Ginsburgh's best-selling The Alef-Beit, Jewish Thought Revealed Through the Hebrew Letters, he explains how each letter's name, form, and numerical value play a role in the creative process of the cosmos. He draws on the understandings of the well-known mystic, the Baal Shem Tov, in depicting how each letter has nine dimensions, with impact in three worlds--the physical, spiritual, and Divine. In every letter there is the true completion of the soul, a chance to unite consciousness with the code of creation. Includes glossary, footnotes, and index.
One of the most important contributions of Chasidut to Judaism has been in the realm of psychology. Chasidic teachings interpret and apply the myriad Kabbalistic metaphors to the realm of the human psyche and soul. Yet, for all the expansive analyses and discussion of the human psyche produced by the Chasidic masters (specifically the Rebbes of Chabad-Lubavitch), there has been a pronounced lack of an ordered and modern review of the psyche. In the early years of the 20th century, Dr. Fischel Schneersohn, a colleague of Sigmund Freud and a relative of the then Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Shalom Dov Ber Schneersohn, took it upon himself to translate the Chasidic nomenclature and discourse on the...
Rabbi Ginsburgh reveals, in an in-depth analysis and spiritual meditation, how the dreidel's name, shape, spin, and symbols contain deep secrets and can be used as a meditative tool in expanding the horizons of our consciousness.
With so much information readily available today, the educators role must go beyond simply transferring knowledge to students. Drawing from the deep wisdom found in the classic teachings and stories of Kabbalah and Chassidut, The Art of Education focuses the educator on creating a lasting impression on students by opening their spirits to their own higher realms of consciousness and by helping them integrate newly found energy, will, and insights into everyday life. The Art of Education surveys the seven skills of the accomplished educator: communication, self-criticism, recognition, flexibility, attention to details, prioritization, and the correct use of reward and punishment. Together, these seven skills form a Kabbalistic structural model that when properly understood functions like a neurological key unlocking the inner educator in each of us.
In Transforming Darkness into Light, Rabbi Ginsburgh describes for the lay reader the basic elements of a system of Kabbalistic psychotherapy, as it has developed in thought and practice over centuries. The rabbi highlights many ways in which the Jewish mystical path to psychological well-being both agrees with and differs from the dominant schools of modern psychology, and also examines in-depth the pivotal role of the therapist.This book is a step-by-step guide to the ways emotional healing can empower our souls to rise above our egos and embrace a higher truth. It explores how we can separate out the negative influences of our lives, heal our wounds, and ultimately, taste the sweetness of inner peace.Includes glossary, footnotes, and index.
The ancient teachings of Jewish mysticism--Kabbalah--speak of the urgent need to rectify the world, instructing us how to mend the tattered fabric of our lives, as individuals and as active contributors to humanity's destiny. Today, the dream of Jewish security and cultural revival in Israel seems to be threatened as never before. After nearly two thousand years of exile, the Zionist dream--return to their homeland by the Jewish people--is fraught with challenge. Rabbi Ginsburgh analyzes the current crisis from a Kabbalistic perspective, and offers solutions that are both practical and in keeping with a spiritual approach to the problem. In this book, he outlines a practical program for healing the ills of the State of Israel in its approach to reestablishing a homeland. The proposals are at once profound and down-to-earth, and permeated by an optimism and love for the Jewish people and all humanity. Includes glossary, footnotes, and index.
As we move through life, we are constantly being addressed through both our normal and paranormal senses. Kabbalah teaches us that we can always benefit from these signals by adopting a dual strategy: the innocent path of simplicity together with the focused approach of rational analysis. "For some years now, I have been aware that I have the ability to tap into other worlds and experience various paranormal events... Should I try to work to eliminate these experiences from my life, and if so, how?" "I have a question regarding the removal of a curse on land and turning it into a blessing. Can you tell me any procedures or do's and don'ts concerning this? Any information will be appreciated....
The body-mind connection is a well-documented fact in today's medical paradigm. Yet, long before recent scientific research uncovered this natural linkage, it was described in Kabbalistic healing manuals, with one important difference--there it was understood to be a link between body, mind, and soul.Whether you rely on today's holistic healing or on more traditional medicine, you'll benefit from the Kabbalistic prescriptions for healing and understanding of human physiology laid out in this valuable book.Body, Mind, Soul: Kabbalah and Medicine includes: - A reference guide to the body-soul interaction- A detailed description of Kabbalah's understanding of disease and its root causes- Contemporary healing methods seen from a mystical point of view- A discussion of the healing power of prayer and teshuvah (return to G-d)
According to Jewish mysticism, the souls of a husband and wife originate in the same undifferentiated spiritual essence. These souls are bound as one, and the purpose of marriage is to enable a couple to manifest this unity in the context of everyday life. Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh shows how the natural process of mating of establishing a healthy relationship, fostering togetherness, and ultimately merging into true oneness--is a spiritual act of the highest order. Drawing on modern psychology and Kabbalistic wisdom, with many illustrations from Biblical personalities, the author traces the steps through which today's married couple can actualize their relationship ideals in their daily life. Includes glossary, footnotes, and index.