The Book of Letters: A Mystical Hebrew Alphabet

The Book of Letters: A Mystical Hebrew Alphabet

by Lawrence Kushner


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In calligraphy by the author. Folktales about and exploration of the mystical meanings of the Hebrew Alphabet. Open the old prayerbook-like pages of The Book of Letters and you will enter a special world of sacred tradition and religious feeling.

More than just symbols, all twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet overflow with meanings and personalities of their own. Rabbi Kushner draws from ancient Judaic sources, weaving Talmudic commentary, Hasidic folktales and Kabbalistic mysteries around the letters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683363446
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/01/1990
Series: Kushner
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 715,920
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Kushner, author, lecturer and spiritual leader, is regarded as one of the most creative religious thinkers and writers in America. A commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, he has focused us on spiritual renewal with wisdom and humor. Through his books and lectures, people of every faith and background have found inspiration and new strength for spiritual search and growth. It has been said that some spiritual leaders blend religion and psychology to help us walk better on the ground, but Lawrence Kushner draws on the wisdom of the mystics to help us dance better on the ceiling.

Kushner's acclaimed books include I’m God; You’re Not: Observations on Organized Religion & Other Disguises of the Ego; Honey from the Rock: An Easy Introduction to Jewish Mysticism; Invisible Lines of Connection: Sacred Stories of the Ordinary; The Book of Letters: A Mystical Hebrew Alphabet; Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians; and In God’s Hands, an inspiring fable for children, with Gary Schmidt (all Jewish Lights).

Kushner served as rabbi at Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, Massachusetts, for almost thirty years; he is currently the Emanu-El scholar at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, and an adjunct faculty member at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. He is fascinated by graphic design and computers (designing most of his Jewish Lights books). He enjoys Mozart, hanging around sailboats, and making his granddaughters giggle.

Table of Contents


1. / AMNESIA / Unio Mysticia
2. / AWAKENING / Blessing
3. / BEING / The Sabbath Day
4. / BREATHING / The Name of God
5. / COMING HOME / Repentance
6. / DUES / Sacrifices
7. / EXCHANGE / Redemption
8. / FAMILY / Israel
9. / FREEDOM / Supervision
10. / GARBAGE / Gossip
11. / IMAGERY / Idolatry
12. / INTEGRITY / Sincerity
13. / LAUGHTER / Ecstasy
14. / LIFE / Story
15. / LOVE / One
16. / MONEY / Charity
17. / POISON / Grudge
18. / POLITICS / Repair
19. / REMEMBERING / Order
20. / RESPONSE / Divine Commandment
21. / SCRIPT / Prayer
22. / SECRECY / Faith
23. / SELF / Soul
24. / TABLE / Altar
25. / TERROR / Life
26. / VISION / Truth
27. / WATER / Purity
28. / THE WAY / The Law
29. / YEAST / The Evil Urge
30. / YOURSELF / Messiah


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