Shomer Emunim

The Introduction to Kabbalah

THIS BOOK IS FOR THOSE:

Intrigued by the Arizal’s (Lurianic) Kabbalah.

Confused by the debates over Kabbalah’s authenticity.

Fascinated by how centuries-old Kabbalistic ideas converge with modern science.

Challenged by how the technological changes around us fit in with Torah and Kabbalah.

Desiring resolution of the ongoing debates over key ideas in Jewish thought.

Curious to understand exactly who and what the Messiah is.

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Shomer Emunim Abstract

Of the few genuine introductions to Kabbalah, Shomer Emunim stands out prominently for its clarity, brevity and accessibility. Penned in the late 1720s by the master Italian Kabbalist, Rabbi Yosef Ergas, its virtues have been extolled by Kabbalists of note ever since. Shomer Emunim powerfully responds to those who claim Kabbalah was fabricated. It also explains Kabbalistic concepts simply, dispelling the illegitimate views of those encouraging blasphemous religious compromise by distorting those concepts. The original Shomer Emunim Hebrew text, together with its complete, facing-page, English translation and commentary, are presented in an innovative and easily digestible format.

The in-depth Kabbalah Overview complements and significantly expands on the basic Kabbalistic concepts presented in Shomer Emunim. Using very recently developed frameworks of scientific understanding, it demonstrates the remarkable contemporary relevance of centuries-old Kabbalistic concepts.

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Avinoam Fraenkel

In my teenage years, an unexpected life-changing crisis sent me on a quest to answer life’s big questions. Following high school graduation, I embarked on a path of discovery, studying Chassidic and Lithuanian Jewish thought in various Yeshivot (higher colleges of Jewish education). My searching stimulated a desire for deeper Jewish knowledge, sparking a passion for Kabbalah study throughout my subsequent working life as a hi-tech professional and receiving Smicha (Rabbinical ordination) along the way. Many of my questions now have satisfying answers that have been recorded in my books:

  • Nefesh HaTzimtzum, Volume 1: Rabbi Chaim Volozhin’s Nefesh HaChaim with Translation and Commentary (816 pages, Urim Publications, 2015)
  • Nefesh HaTzimtzum, Volume 2: Understanding Nefesh HaChaim through the Key Concept of Tzimtzum and Related Writings (760 pages, Urim Publications, 2015)
  • Shomer Emunim: The Introduction to Kabbalah (1080 pages, Urim Publications, 2021)

I invite you to read more about me and my journey here.

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