Bridging this gap, however, is the essence of Kabbalah, one of whose literal meanings is in fact “finding parallels.” It is therefore gratifying to see Daniela Abravanel’s book, wherein many of these parallels are presented to the reader, offering instructive insights into all fields of knowledge, from ecology and physics to psychology and medicine.
The author’s succinct yet inspiring style, coupled with her clear grasp of the subject matter, has enabled her to present many Kabbalistic concepts in a refreshingly new light. The stimulating material, accompanied by masterfully executed works of artists who have clearly integrated these very concepts into their images, creates a compelling book, which will certainly motivate its readers to deepen their connection with Jewish spirituality and seek further vistas of authentic Jewish knowledge and practice.
As is evident on every page, this book springs from its author’s heartfelt devotion to the subject. As the sages teach us, “words that issue from the very heart of the speaker will surely enter the hearts of the listener.” We are further taught in Kabbalah that the heart is the central point both of the physical body and of our psychological and spiritual makeup. As such, it links directly with the super-conscious facet of the psyche, which is expressed most fully in the subtle nuances of inspired art. Thus, the artwork in the book will assuredly help the reader assimilate and integrate the book’s conceptual depth into his or her own life.
In that spirit, we wish the readers of this unique book an exhilarating
journey into the depths of Jewish mysticism. As the founder of Chassidut, Rabbi Yisrael Ba’al Shem Tov was told, the Messiah will come when the inner dimensions of the Torah have spread forth to the farthest reaches of human consciousness, vitalizing every field of knowledge with Divine awareness. May this book be a further catalyst toward achieving the “critical mass” necessary to bring about this eagerly awaited and crucially needed transformation of reality.