A New Kabbalah for Women by Perle Besserman

By Perle Besserman

The purple bracelet: it graces the wrists of diverse celebrities - from Madonna to Britney Spears - who've switched over to the non secular perform of Kabbalah. yet what's Kabbalah and the way can girls use it on their very own lives? In a brand new Kabbalah for girls, bestselling writer and instructor of Jewish mysticism and meditation, Perle Besserman, stocks a female method of spirituality. because the time of Moses, Jewish mysticism has been barred to ladies, and Shekhinah, the female facet of God, has been compelled underground. Now, many girls are adapting conventional mystical practices in radical new methods. Besserman is on the vanguard of this revolution. during this publication she lines the historical past of female-centered worship and tells the tale of looking for her personal route to fact. Combining practices from the Kabbalah with meditation, Besserman walks readers via step by step rituals to discover their very own own reference to the divine.

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It is where mothers tend to hold their babies, where the soothing sound of the heartbeat can be heard, and it is also the site of the left brain, usually identified with the “male” capacity for speech, linear spatial perception, and action, while the right brain is identified with “female” intuition, holistic spatial perception, and music appreciation. In our quest for equality with men we too often downgrade these right brain functions as inferior to those of the more “masculine,” action-oriented left brain.

Meditation itself is gender neutral, but it is important to acknowledge the world of distinctions before slipping into ecstatic oneness. The Talmud says that there are as many paths to Truth as there are human faces. Barred from those paths by centuries of misogynist tradition, women have reflexively assumed the “faces” assigned to them by men. And because the Jewish mystical path is itself a product of patriarchy, women today are called upon to meditate in a way that more genuinely reflects their own spirituality.

In your impurity you are endangering the life of your husband, your children, your grandchildren—all those in contact with you. Every letter you have written has endangered everyone on this trip. ” He’d stooped over and was gasping again, but I was no longer interested in helping him. In fact, I’d stopped giving a damn about him and all the other men on this trip blocking my way and spitting curses at me. For a split second I was tempted to slap his face. What’s the point? I thought. He’s crazy.

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