The Kedumah Experience: The Primordial Torah
The Kedumah Experience: The Primordial Torah
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Author: Ish-Shalom, Zvi

Brand: Albion-Andalus Books

Binding: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 416

Release Date: 10-11-2017

Details: Product Description There is an ancient Hebrew text that speaks of a Torah Kedumah, a “Primordial Teaching,” that existed before the creation of the world. This is not the Torah as it is known in conventional terms; it something far more mysterious—something pre-existent and pre-creation. The Primordial Torah does not come from some ancient time, and is not based on any historical texts; it is a teaching more primordial than the creation of the world, and thus not bound to the dimensions of time and space. This book is based on the first public presentation of the Kedumah Teaching—the mystical path of the Primordial Torah. With clarity, humor, and erudition, Zvi Ish-Shalom guides us on an experiential journey back to our deepest nature, the non-conceptual ground of reality and primordial source of all wisdom teachings. Review "This book is a treasure of the most profound Jewish mysticism from very ancient sources which predate the Kabbalah, and which also, through Zvi Ish-Shalom's expert presentation, makes available for people of our time of all religious traditions" - Father Thomas Keating, founding teacher of the Centering Prayer movement and author of Open Mind, Open Heart "An exciting, inspiring, and ground breaking book. Zvi lays bare the ultimate, primordial spirituality of the "Torah," what is finally real and true in Judaism. In these pages, Zvi frees the Torah from its social and cultural limitations so that, with him, we many see and appreciate the full measure of its sacred and universal truth. In Zvi's reading, the Torah, over the millennia so faithfully honored and protected in Judaic tradition, can now be discovered not only as the innermost, animating force of Judaism but as the spiritual inheritance of all people, no matter their time or place. Zvi's impeccable training and experience as an Orthodox Rabbi positions him to show us the true, spiritual meaning of "orthodoxy" in Judaism, that is, utter fidelity to the infinite depth and wisdom of the Torah. The very nature of the Torah itself requires, in his view, that the Torah be freed for all humanity. This book is important both for Jews, "practicing" and otherwise, and also for all people who are engaged in the spiritual quest." - Reginald A. Ray, University Professor, Naropa University and Co- founder of Dharma Ocean Foundation. Author of Secrets of the Vajra World and Touching Enlightenment. "I am delighted that Rabbi Zvi Ish-Shalom is sharing his captivating and touching reflections on the profound tradition of Jewish mysticism and other contemplative paths in The Kedumah Experience: The Primordial Torah. As a follower of the Vajrayana tradition of Buddhism, I have always valued a wide variety of spiritual approaches to awakening the heart and mind and discovering new insights about ourselves and our world. I am confident that readers from all backgrounds will find in this beautiful book a compelling invitation to explore the nature of their experience." - Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, abbot of Dzogchen Monastery, president of Nalandabodhi, founder of Nītārtha Institute, and author of Rebel Buddha and Emotional Rescue. "Zvi Ish-Shalom's experience with a variety of therapies and meditation have given him a deep psychological sophistication. He is not only conceptually involved in the teachings; he is an adept in applying them experientially, with introspective awareness." - Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement and co-author of A Heart Afire: Stories and Teachings of the Early Hasidic Masters "The Kedumah Experience is an innovative and creative examination of the potential of Kabbalah to move beyond the confines of normative Judaism and speak to the world about the nature and depth of human consciousness through the lens of the Jewish esoteric tradition. Combining learned expositions of mystical lore with a practical guide to its adaptation through conversation and practice, Ish-Shalom's book will i

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