Kaplan, Aryeh (Transl., Introd., and Commentary); The Bahir: Illumination. Attributed to Rabbi Nehunia ben haKana, master of a first century esoteric school. First published in 1176 by the Kabbalists at Provence. Cited by every primary text in Kabbalah, frequently by the Ramban, printed in 1651. It contains one of the earliest presentations of the ten Sefirot. It includes a discussion of the concept of reincarnation, also Tzimzum which is the self-constriction of G-d’s light. Part Two of this book consists of a 95 page commentary by the author Aryeh Kaplan.

Kaplan, Aryeh; Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation - InTheory and Practice. Oldest Kabbalah text known, quoted as early as in the 6th century BCE. Mentioned in reference to Rabbis Akiva and Elazar in Talmud, and by Kabbalists of 16th century Safed.

Levy, Naomi; Hope Will Find You: My Search for the Wisdom to Stop Waiting and Start Living. Rabbi Levy was in the first class for rabbis that included women at the Jewish Theologic Seminary. At age 26, she became one of the first Conservative rabbis in the world. This book was written in response to her own crisis in which she found herself the mother of a 5 year old daughter diagnosed with a rare neurological degenerative disease thought to be fatal. The book has been described as a beautiful, poignant response which keeps alive one’s celebration and gratitude for life. Rabbi Naomi was the March 2011 Scholar-in Residence for the Jewish Federation, Temple Emanuel and Congregation Ahavas Israel in Grand Rapids.

Levy, Naomi; Talking To G-d: Personal Prayers for Times of Joy, Sadness, Struggle and Celebrations.

Levy, Naomi; To Begin Again: The Journey Toward Comfort, Strength, and Faith in Difficult Times. This book tells of Rabbi Levy’s response to her father’s mindless murder when she was 15 years old. How, with faith, prayer, and trust, she was able to set her life back on track, becoming a beacon for others.

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