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Let me say, first, that this is extraordinarily intricate and complicated. I have only the roughest knowledge of the precepts of Kabbalah, and found this to be quite difficult to get through. The book is structured into five parts (1. The first verses of creation, 2. The alphabet, 3. The Seven Voices and Sefirot, 4. The Ten Sefirot, and 5. Mysteries of the soul). Kaplan does a masterful job in the introductory analysis, and parts are extraordinarily compelling. From the introduction, one of the
Kaplan is goofy. as bad as bobby Thurman.
A bizarre book in that it makes no sense at times, but overall it is a fairly coherent system despite its complexity. This requires a lot of effort to understand, so I think it’s best to take small steps with it. As Kaplan notes, reading the whole text to get the gist of it first is the best approach. My understanding of the text is limited now, so I can’t comment too much on it; but I can say there are aspects of it that I like immensely, while there are others that seem like a big stretch. As
I enjoyed this book very much. Enlightening and interesting.
And now they do not see light, it is brilliant (Bahir) in the skies. Job 37:21. And that is what this book is; brilliant. Takes another look at the Sefirot and concepts such as the Divine Constriction. This book has a translated version in the first half and a commentary by Rab. Aryeh Kaplan in the second half. Very enlightening.