An excellent history of Kabbalah
The book "Meditation and Kabbalah" makes a great long term reference text to anyone interested in the history of the kabbalistic movements in Judaism. Rabbi Kaplan was an extremely scholarly researcher and had access to some original texts that few others have ever seen. He sets out looking at the kabbalistic schools as sources of meditative methods through time. This method of presentation aids the reader both in understanding the reasons behind different changes in practice through time (namely before and after the destruction of the Temple), and in understanding the flow of traditions through various schools and movements.
The book is extremely well footnoted, in Rabbi Kaplan's scholarly style. There are a few instances where it is disappointingly sparse in the sources for his opinions (for instance some of his opinions of different leaders in the last few hundred years being prominent kabbalists of their time). In general, this book will aid anyone interested in either practical meditative methods or historical methods in the kabbalistic schools.
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