23 Mar 2010
The purpose of this site is to collect all books published in English about Jewish Kabbalah. It will only list one edition for each book. Only a small sample of non-Jewish Kabbalah books will be included.
February 9: 100th blog entry
July 17: 3000th visit (3786 pageviews)
August 6: 500th book
October 12: 600th book
July 5: 1000th visit this year (2109 pageviews)
December 31: Total for this year: 1995 visit with 3785 pageviews
September 7: content was moved to the new domain and the “suggest a book” and “search Kabbalah sites” features were added.
August 24: registered the seferim.net domain.
March 25: the new version of the list went live with 311 books transferred from the previous version.
March 17: I bought ReaderWare and started to move the content of the site into it.
April 8: 400th book
I started to blog about Kabbalah related books. My first entry was from December 23 . That year I made 4 entries, in 2005 14, and in 2006 only 9.
I updated the list more or less regularly. After that I found less time to do so.
The list starts 58 items. The earliest version from May 20 of that year can be found on archive.org.
In order to differentiate amongst the hundreds of books it is useful to cluster them by some criteria. On this site you will find the categories listed below. You may disagree with the classification, but I believe it is still can be helpful. (Some books belong to more than one category.) The focus of this site is on the first four categories.
- Academic – Books written from an academic perspective. The work has (at least some) scholarly merits or intentions.
- Religious – Books written with explicitly religious context and objective. To help to create religious Jewish experience or put the teachings of the Kabbalah into a religious perspective. Primary books (Zohar, Bahir,Sefer Yetzirah…) also included here, because they were written from a this perspective.
- Fiction – Fictional works, novels, short stories, poetry with strong Kabbalistic themes.
- Meditation/Spirituality – Guides on how to use Jewish Kabbalah for meditation and/or how Kabbalah can be used to attain/maintain spirituality.
- Commercial – Kabbalah Centre – Books published by the Kabbalah Centre (think Madonna), their affiliates and predecessors.
- Popularizer - Written for generic audience with the explicit purpose of making Kabbalah available to everybody. Introductory type of books and Bnei Baruch/Michael Laitman books are included too
- Qabalah – An umbrella category for all non-Jewish Kabbalah books, including New Age, Christian, Magick …
- I removed the pre and suffixes from the author’s names, including rabbi, rav, PhD
- I made sure that an author’s name appears the same for every book on the site, even if it is displayed differently on some of his/her books.