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Connecting to God: Ancient Kabbalah and Modern Psychologyby Abner Weiss
Synopses & Reviews
Distinguished rabbi, marriage and family therapist, kabbalist, and popular lecturer, Abner Weiss is extraordinarily qualified to write this book. In Connecting to God, he elucidates the teachings of Kabbalah, showing how the Ten Sefirot of the Tree of Life are the transformers of divine energy in our bodies and the building blocks of creation—Weiss calls them “our spiritual genome.”
He has created a psychological system and diagnostic method from kabbalistic texts, and he uses these clinically tested interventions in his therapeutic practice. Here he tells twenty-eight stories of people he has helped liberate from their dysfunctional behavior, empowering them to achieve spiritual growth. With Rabbi Weiss as our guide, we can use this kabbalistic approach to psychology to inform our lives with its insights, rebalance what is out of kilter, and heal the emotional wounds we have suffered. Connecting to God is a wise, wonderful, and transformational book.
From the Hardcover edition.
A distinguished rabbi, psychologist, and therapist combines the mystic teachings of Kabbalah with modern psychology to create an effective new approach to the diagnosis and treatment of dysfunctional behavior, explaining how to transform the divine energy within us to rebalance the soul, heal emotional wounds, and reconnect with God. 15,000 first printing.
About the Author
Abner Weiss is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a member of the American Psychological Association. He was senior rabbi of Durban, South Africa, the Riverdale Jewish Center in New York, Beth Jacob Congregation of Beverly Hills, and the Western Marble Arch Synagogue in London. He has held professorships in Jewish thought at the University of Natal, Yeshiva University, and London University and has served as chief judge of the Rabbinical Court (Beth Din) of Los Angeles, president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, and vice president of the Rabbinical Council of America.
Rabbi Weiss has studied Kabbalah since 1965 and given lectures on it in North America, South Africa, Australia, and England. He lives in Los Angeles and is rabbi of the Westwood Village Synagogue and copresident of Village Mental Health Associates.
Table of Contents
Psychology and spirituality : the bridge — Kabbalah : the secret Torah — The essence of kabbalah — The human soul — The spiritual genome : how we think — The spiritual genome : how we feel — The spiritual genome : how we relate — Repairing the world — Why we are unhappy — Reclaiming our lives — Rebalancing our sefirot of cognition — Rebalancing our sefirot of feeling — Rebalancing our sefirot of relating — Rebalancing our sefirah of malchut — After sefirah rebalancing : from healing to growth.
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