Connecting to God
Connecting to God
Ancient Kabbalah and Modern Psychology
By Abner Weiss
Bell Tower, Hardcover, 9781400083343, 316pp.
Publication Date: September 13, 2005
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.
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.
In Praise ofConnecting to God
“An elegant and compelling introduction not only to what Kabbalah is, but how it can transform and elevate your life. The stories drawn from Rabbi Weiss’s rabbinical and life experience are simply extraordinary.” —Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of Jewish Literacy and The Book of Jewish Values
“When I began to read this book, I was deeply skeptical of Kabbalah. By the time I finished it, I had gained profound respect for its insights into the human soul. It is the first book to make sense of the Sefirot, which I had always dismissed as arbitrary and irrational. Rabbi Weiss has done a superb job of making difficult concepts accessible.” —Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
“A hallmark of genuine, authentic wisdom is that it can be spoken of in plain terms and translated into practical applications to everyday life. This is precisely what Rabbi Abner Weiss has achieved. Connecting to God is both informative and transformative. Blending instruction and the uplifting stories of changed lives, this book is a treasure that will enrich everyone who reads it.” —Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words
“A major contribution to a field of growing importance; a book whose quality, integrity, and wisdom shine forth.” —Mark Cohen, Ph.D., cotranslator of In the Shadow of the Ladder:Introductions to Kabbalah by Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag
“A beautifully woven synthesis of Kabbalah and psychology, written in a lively style and format that is sure to attract a wide audience, not only among the devotees of mysticism but also those pining for life’s meaning.” —Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center