A picture or portrait of your bookshelf. Showcasing literature IN ALL IT'S GLORY!
(This term was originally defined by author Rick Riordan).
Not to be confused with selfie .
As you can see, everything in my shelfie is color coordinated.
by chocopath December 17, 2013
Anyway, here is my shelfie in all it's glory:
|Trainee Golem Builder 101 bookshelf|
Anyway, let's take a close look at some of the books and explain why they might be of interest to a trainee golem builder...
|Sefer Yetzirah (2) and Emek Hamelech|
Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan translated and added commentary to one version of the text. But having started studying other commentaries (and there are well over 20 different commentaries) the Rabbi Kaplan version is somewhat academic and not that easy to turn in to a practical manual of meditation and magic.
The blue slim volume second from the right is the commentary on Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Creation) by Rabbi Moshe Cordovero (wiki entry). He lived around the time of the Arizal and drew on some interesting sources such as Rabbi Abraham Abulafia.
Next to that book is the two volume set entitled Emek Hamelech. It actually details the steps needed to build a golem. However, before rushing to follow the steps please bear in mind even if someone provides you with instructions for building a jet engine - you still need the fuel to make it go. The book Emek Hamelech ("Valley of the King") was written by Naftali Hertz ben Yaakov Elchanan.
|Abraham Abulafia (4 blue books in middle)|
The books in order from right to left are: 1. Chayei ha-Olam ha-Ba ("Life of the World to Come") (1280), 2. Imrei Shefer ("Words of Beauty") (1291), 3. Gan Naul ("Sealed Garden", a commentary on Sefer Yetzirah), 4. Otzar Eden Ganuz "Hidden Treasury of Eden", another commentary on Sefer Yetzirah. He wrote many more books, but for the moment I am holding off purchasing them as I have yet to study these four. Amnon Gross has, in my opinion, been instrumental in bringing Abulafia's teaching in to the hands of the masses - even if for example Proff. Idel has some concerns about the accuracy of the manuscript transcriptions.
|Sodei Raziya, Sha'ar Kedush, Ginat Egoz, |
Shorshei HaShemot, Sefer Peulot
Anyway, I have just been informed that selfie (and hence probably shelfies too) are meant to be glanced at briefly and not over analyzed. Looking back at this post, I think that I have failed to grasp what a selfie or shelfie is all about. So I'll stop here and re-visit several of these books in more detail over the next year or two as and when I get through them.
The book that I am currently studying is: the commentary on Sefer Yetzirah ("Book of Creation") by Rabbi Moshe Cordovero. After several months of very slow progress, I have made it to the commentary on chapter 1, verse 9...