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Kabbalah, Mysticism, and Messianism
  Religious Treatments of Kaballah
          Band, Arnold. The Tales: Nahman of Bratslav. New York NY:
          Paulist Press. 1978. [Although Paulist Press is a
          Christian publishing house, Dr. Band is a long-time
          professor of Jewish Studies at UCLA]
          Bokser, Ben Zion (ed.) Abraham Isaac Kook: The Lights of
          Penitence, The Moral Principles, Lights of Holiness,
          Essays, Letters, And Poems. New York NY: Paulist Press.
          Kaplan, Aryeh, Meditation and the Bible. Samuel Weiser
          Inc., York Beach, Maine, 1978, ISBN 0-87728-617-5
          Kaplan, Aryeh (trans.) The Bahir: An Ancient Kabbalistic
          Text Attributed to Rabbi Nehuniah ben HaKana, First
          Century, C.E. New York: S. Weiser, 1979.
          Kaplan, Aryeh. Meditation and Kabbalah. Samuel Weiser
          Inc., York Beach, Maine, 1982, ISBN 0-87728-616-7
          Kaplan, Aryeh. Jewish Meditation. Schocken Books Inc., New
          York, 1985, ISBN 0-8052-4006-3 (hardcover), ISBN
          0-8052-0781-3 (paperback)
          Kaplan, Aryeh. Innerspace, Introduction to Kabbalah,
          Meditation, and Prophecy. Maznaim Publishing Corp., 4304
          12th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11219, 718-438-7680, New
          York/Jerusalem, 1990.
          Kaplan, Aryeh (trans.). Sefer Ye-zirah (The book of
          Creation): In Theory and Practice. York Beach, ME: S.
          Weiser, 1990.
          Kehot. A Jewish Mysticism Primer Kehot, Brooklyn NY. 1989.
          [A collection of essays from an international conference]
          Robinson, Ira. Moses Cordovero's Introduction to Kabbalah:
          An Annotated Translation of His Or Ne'erav. Yeshiva
          University Press (New York) and Ktav Publishing (Hoboken,
          New Jersey). ISBN 0-88125-439-8. 1993. [This is a classic
          text authored by the Rama"k, who headed the the Safed
          community just before the Ariza"l (Rabbi Yitzkhak Luria).
          It is an indispensible introduction for the serious
          student. Try to learn it in Hebrew if you are able.]
          Shochet, J. I. The Mystical Dimension. Kehot, Brooklyn NY.
          1990. [3 volumes: The Mystical Tradition (explains basics
          of Jewish mysticism), Deep Calling unto Deep (mytical
          examination of prayer and repentence), Chassidic
          Dimensions (Lubavitch Chassidism application of
          Sperling Harry, and Simon, Maruice, trans. The Zohar.
          Soncino, London. 1933 [Difficult to read without Hebrew
          Weiner, Herbert. 9 1/2 Mystics, The Kabbala Today. Holt
          Rinehard and Winston, New York. 1969.

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