Pillar of Prayer Guidance in Contemplative Prayer, Sacred Study, and the Spiritual Life, from the Baal Shem Tov and His Circle

ISBN-10: 1891785796

ISBN-13: 9781891785795

Edition: 2011

Authors: Menachem Kallus, Aubrey L. Glazer

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The spiritual involution that swept through eastern Europe in the 18th century continues to resonate for spiritual seekers today. The mystic Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer revealed profound teachings of great insight that continue delineating the foundations of Jewish contemplative spiritual practice. What remains to be rediscovered is a remarkable journey into the mystical foundation of Jewish prayer life, including: “The Union of Worlds, Souls and Divinity in Prayer, Study, and Speech;” “Constricted Consciousness and Actualizing Genuine Presence;” “Preaching Reproof and Prayer;” “Sincere Prayer—The Union of Speech and Thought;” “Teachings on Sincerity, Spontaneity, and Volition;” and “God’s Will and Knowledge.” Appealing beyond Hasidism alone, this modern translation of an important spiritual work is a must for those both newly- and well-acquainted with Jewish tradition.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Fons Vitae of Kentucky, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 372
Size: 6.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Menachem Kallus is a rabbi and a translator who has contributed toSh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility.Aubrey L. Glazerserves as senior rabbi at the Jewish Community Center of Harrison, New York. His research is part of a larger commitment to revitalizing Hebrew culture and civilization, and his publications include scholarly studies and annotated translations inHebrew.He lives in New York City.

In memoriam
Dedicatory Preface to Spiritual Affinities Series
Translator's Preface and Dedication
Introduction: Rabbi Israel Ba'al Shem Tov: Prophet of a New Paradigm
Abbreviations and Transcription Scheme
Pillar of Prayer: Translation and Annotation
The Union of Worlds, Souls, and Divinity in Prayer, Study, and Speech
Preparation for Prayer and Entering into Contemplation
Constricted Consciousness and Actualizing Genuine Presence
Lurianic Transformations and Simple Transformations
Prayer, Preaching, and Reproof
Prayer with Lurianic Kawanot; Identifying the Mystical in Kabbalah
Sincere Prayer-The Union of Speech and Thought
Distracting Thought, Thought Transformation, and the Raising of the Worlds
Miscellaneous Teachings on Sincerity, Spontaneity, Volition, and Love
Prayer for the Sh'khinah and Prayer for One's Enemies
God's Will and Knowledge; Messianic Prayer, and Creative Union
Concluding Sections-Parting Advice
Spiritual Affinity Series
Imaginal Journeying to Istanbul, mon amour. Devotional Sociabilities in Beshtian Hasidism and Turkish-Sufism
Glossary of Terms and Their Usages in This Work
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