18 books directly related to the Kabbalah 📚

All 18 Kabbalah books as recommended by authors and experts. Updated weekly.

The Zohar: Pritzker

By Daniel C. Matt,

Book cover of The Zohar: Pritzker

Why this book?

This is the most recent rendering of the Zohar into English. Translated by Daniel Matt who is a professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. This decade-long effort has produced an authoritative rendition of the Zohar. However, this is an academic venture that does not conform to the ancient tradition. Nonetheless, the literal translation of each word will help the new student break into the original text.

The Zohar: Pritzker

By Daniel C. Matt,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Zohar as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The first two volumes of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, translated with commentary by Daniel C. Matt, cover more than half of the Zohar's commentary on the Book of Genesis (through Genesis 32:3). This is the first translation ever made from a critical Aramaic text of the Zohar, which has been established by Professor Matt based on a wide range of original manuscripts. The extensive commentary, appearing at the bottom of each page, clarifies the kabbalistic symbolism and terminology, and cites sources and parallels from biblical, rabbinic, and kabbalistic texts. The translator's introduction is accompanied by a second introduction written by…


Book cover of Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation

Why this book?

Though the Zohar is ancient having been written two thousand years ago, the Sefer Yetizra/Book of Form was written four thousand years ago presenting the fundamental aspects to the Tree of Life known also and the Ten Luminaries. The original Patriarch Avraham is commonly accepted as the author of Sefer Yetizra. Having this primal knowledge of the Cabala will allow entrance into later texts and subsequent cabalistic ideas. Aryeh Kaplan is a trusted authority.

Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation

By Aryeh Kaplan,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Sefer Yetzirah as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Sefer Yetzirah is perhaps the oldest and most mysterious of all kabbalistic texts. In this landmark work of mystical studies, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan brings the text’s theoretical, meditative, and magical implications to light.

The book explores the dynamics of the spiritual domain, the worlds of the sefirot, souls and angels. Rabbi Kaplan explains that when properly understood the Sefer Yetzirah becomes an instruction manual for a very special type of meditation meant to strengthen concentration and to aid in the development of telekinetic and telepathic powers. Through the use of various signs, incantations, and divine names, initiates could also…

The Sacred Zohar

By Rabbi Simon Bar Yochai,

Book cover of The Sacred Zohar

Why this book?

There are 1835 pages in the book. If you read five pages a day or even just look at these holy words, you will finish the Zohar in a year. Just to have this beautiful sacred book in your library can only bring blessings into a person’s life. Each word in the Zohar is a window to Heaven; each letter is holy—indeed, each word is a Name of God. Treat this book with respect, put no other book above this book, and your actions will be noted in Heaven.

The Sacred Zohar

By Rabbi Simon Bar Yochai,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Sacred Zohar as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Sacred Zohar is considered by many to be a Book of Healing & Protection

This book is traditionally known as the world’s most esoteric sources of spiritual knowledge, of Holy Bible and shows the spiritual narrative and wisdom available to people of all faiths so that we may use its principles to live each day. It is the central work in the literature of the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition, by the greatest authority on Jewish mysticism, offers a sampling of its unique vision of the esoteric wonders of creation.

Please note: the first 30 pages introduction are in…


Book cover of The Thirteen Petalled Rose: A Discourse on the Essence of Jewish Existence and Belief

Why this book?

Adin Steinsaltz is another author who can be absolutely trusted in his ability to transmit ancient secrets with clarity, simplicity utilizing a complete concordance of knowledge meant to educate the reader. The first form of creation, as related in the preface to the Zohar, is the thirteen petal rose. Thirteen is the gematria of Echud/One, from here arises the seed to the Tree of Life.

The Thirteen Petalled Rose: A Discourse on the Essence of Jewish Existence and Belief

By Adin Steinsaltz,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Thirteen Petalled Rose as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

From Madonna's music videos to the glossy pages of celebrity magazines and back to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Jewish mysticism has stepped into the modern consciousness like never before. In this classic work, world-renowned scholar Adin Steinsaltz answers the major questions asked by modern Jews about the nature of existence in God's universe. The title The Thirteen Petalled Rose is taken from the opening of the classic Jewish text on mysticism, the Zohar, and refers to the "collective souls of the Jewish people," which scholars have likened to the fullness of a rose and its thirteen petals. Along…

Book cover of Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism

Why this book?

From physical travel to the heavens to elaborate meditations on Hebrew letter permutations and terrifying dialogues with God: the richness of Jewish religious experience is narrated here with historical detail and psychological insight. Its final chapters which bring us close to our times are no less surprising: Scholem describes how the disillusionment with a prophetic figure who converts to Islam to save his own life sparked an atheist movement within Judaism. My favorite book on the psychology of religious experience, though written by a historian. 

Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism

By Gershom Scholem,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A collection of lectures on the features of the movement of mysticism that began in antiquity and continues in Hasidism today.

Secret Venice

By Thomas Jonglez, Paola Zoffoli,

Book cover of Secret Venice

Why this book?

If you truly want to know a city, you must go beyond even the best guidebooks into those specialized collections of stories, myths, gossip, and suppressed facts. Much cultural history is in fact officially recorded gossip, so there is no opprobrium in enjoying the salacious, highly local, and fascinating stories that are known only to oral history. This is such a book: a fascinating collection of legends, myths, gossip, and generally little-known stories about Venice.

Secret Venice

By Thomas Jonglez, Paola Zoffoli,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Secret Venice as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Discover the secrets of St. Mark's Basilica with not a tourist in sight, finally crack the mystery of the pillars around the Doge's Palace, take a trip on the only underground canal in Venice in search of the alchemical sculpture of the winged horse, lunch at a restaurant tucked away in a lagoon fisherman's house, track down Teriaca, that miracle potion brewed in Venice from time immemorial, decode the paintings of the Scuola di San Rocco applying the principles of the Jewish Kabbalah and see how Kabbalistic music influenced the construction of San Francesco della Vigna, visit an unknown underground…

Book cover of Tarot and the Gates of Light: A Kabbalistic Path to Liberation

Why this book?

What I love about this book is that it proves the old saying that there is nothing new under the sun to be wrong. Mark Horn’s Tarot and the Gates of Light blends together two traditions already closely linked; Tarot and Kabbalah. While it is Hermetic Qabalah that is mostly applied to Tarot, Mark Horn introduces a unique way to use the Tarot to practice Counting the Omer. This will be the most unique tarot book to have on the shelf as it offers you a rare transformative practice. 

Tarot and the Gates of Light: A Kabbalistic Path to Liberation

By Mark Horn,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Tarot and the Gates of Light as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

An innovative, spiritual workbook that integrates the Tarot and the Kabbalistic tradition of Counting the Omer

* Explores the origins and meaning of the 49-day Kabbalistic meditative practice of Counting the Omer and how it can lead to spiritual revelation, personal insight, and connection with the Divine

* Reveals the correspondence of the Tarot's minor arcana with the Sephirot of the Tree of Life and explains how both relate to the Omer meditation

* Provides a daily practice workbook that explores the related Sephirot and Tarot cards for each day, examines their Kabbalistic and spiritual meanings, and provides questions for…

Zohar - Vol 1-23 Hebrew

By Rabbi Simon Bar Yochai,

Book cover of Zohar - Vol 1-23 Hebrew

Why this book?

Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag (1885–1954) also known as the Baal Ha-Sulam was the first to translate the entire Zohar into Hebrew a hundred years ago. For those who have a skill in Hebrew and are interested in learning Zohar in the original language of Aramaic will find these 23 volumes indispensable. Though his explanations are not generally accepted by other scholars, his ability with language is laudable and his insights are valuable to anyone trying to break through into the actual text of the Zohar.

Zohar - Vol 1-23 Hebrew

By Rabbi Simon Bar Yochai,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Zohar - Vol 1-23 Hebrew as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Zohar is a Hebrew word that means splendor. In its simplest form, the Zohar is a commentary on the Bible. Although the wisdom available in its pages is older than Creation itself, the text of the Zohar was composed approximately 2000 years ago. In the centuries that followed, the Zohar was often suppressed by religious and secular authorities who feared its power to transform the lives of those who gained access to the sacred writings. The sages of Kabbalah also realized that the Zohar must wait until humankind was ready to receive it.

The Golem and the Jinni

By Helene Wecker,

Book cover of The Golem and the Jinni

Why this book?

I loved this book because it combined unexpected things. New York City in 1899 is full of immigrants from all over the world, living in communities that rub together in crowded, often impoverished situations. In that realistic setting the story places a female golem and a male jinni. Reading about two non-human creatures from Jewish and Arab cultures figuring out how to exist in the human world made me think about what it means to be human and how communities work. Plus there's interesting stuff about Kabbalistic magic, baking, and life in the desert.

The Golem and the Jinni

By Helene Wecker,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked The Golem and the Jinni as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

'One of only two novels I've ever loved whose main characters are not human' BARBARA KINGSOLVER

For fans of The Essex Serpent and The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock.

'By far my favourite book of of the year' Guardian

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.

Ahmad is a djinni, a being of fire, born in…


Book cover of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Tarot

Why this book?

I like many of Rachel Pollack's books, but this was one of the first tarot books I read. This kind of book is perfect for me to learn something. It reads very easily, more like a course than a book with pages full of text. The layout is light and each page is richly illustrated with colour photos including tarot cards from all over the world, so you can compare and get a good idea of ​​the character of each card.

All facets of tarot, which you can delve into later, are discussed: origin, history & the different traditions, symbols & colours, the Tree of Life & the Hebrew letters, numbers & the paths of the Sefiroth, Kabbalah & astrology, the journey of the fool through the Major Arcana, different readings & card spreads, different ways to use the tarot cards: to meditate, to work with dreams, games, storytelling and music.

Rachel also pays attention to the value of making your own tarot deck, by copying, colouring or painting it. Or by making your own version in a very simple way with collage techniques or photography. Or by designing or illustrating your own new tarot deck. And that is exactly what I have done. I created my own deck to deepen myself more into each card separately and to pass on this wisdom. Making your own tarot deck is also a journey through self-discovery and spiritual development.

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Tarot

By Rachel Pollack,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Complete Illustrated Guide to Tarot as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The tarot is an ancient system of wisdom, using a deck of 78 illustrated cards, which is designed to enhance both daily life and spiritual development. This reference includes information on the origins, history and structure of the tarot, the symbolism of the cards, and how to do a reading.

Book cover of Mind Mirror Close Encounters with Yourself

Why this book?

While designing and illustrating my own Sun and Moon Tarot, I followed the normal order of letters of the Hebrew alphabet and therefore also their values. And I respected the original Western Hermetic order of the cards on the paths of the Tree of Life and their corresponding Hebrew letters. This system is explained in detail in this book.

Rufus C. Camphausen describes in detail how the numbering of the tarot cards has been changed by different groups of people (Kabbalists, Astrologers, the Hermetic order of the Golden Dawn & Aleister Crowley, A. E. Waite of the Rider Waite Tarot). The same is true with the assignment of the planets and zodiac signs and the assignment of the numbers and the Hebrew letters on the paths of the Sefiroth (Tree of Life in Kabbalah).

Together with Van Leeuwen he also created ‘The Kabbalistic Tarot/Tree-of-life Tarot’. This tarot deck was designed as a study aid for learning the Kabbalistic and Astrological associations in Tarot. The images on each card are wholly symbolic. Instead of illustrated scenes, the Major Arcana features the Tree of Life with a path between two Sefiroth highlighted. Within each of the two Sefiroth, a planetary symbol is inscribed. The Minor Arcana shows a zodiac wheel with three houses highlighted and a small glyph of the Tree of Life is in the center of the Zodiac wheel.

Mind Mirror Close Encounters with Yourself

By Rufus C. Camphausen,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Mind Mirror Close Encounters with Yourself as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"A paper concerning the Tarot and the Tree of Life."

Come Closer

By Sara Gran,

Book cover of Come Closer

Why this book?

She’s either possessed by a particularly vicious spirit or just plain insane. Either way, I’ve never been able to forget the terrible things she does, although I read this so long ago, I can’t remember her name. It’s not gory; it’s eerie, and most of the horror is suggested rather than shown, meaning our own imaginations contribute to the impact. Ghost story or psychological horror, you decide.

Come Closer

By Sara Gran,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Come Closer as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

'A dark, seductive cocktail of a thriller, with a splash of black humour and a twist of horror.' Francine Toon, author of Pine

There was no reason to assume anything out of the ordinary was going on.
Strange noises in the apartment.
Impulsive behaviour.
Intense dreams.
It wasn't like everything went wrong all at once.
Shoplifting.
Fighting.
Blackouts.
There must be a reasonable explanation for all this.

'It will scare the pants off you. It is a perfect horror novel.' Paul Tremblay
'A short, sharp shocker . . . Relentlessly creepy.' Sunday Times
'Deeply scary.' The Times
'Terrifying.' Daily Mail…

Book cover of My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging

Why this book?

This book is filled with gems of description and of insight into the human condition. Presented as wisdom passed down lovingly by the author’s grandfather, these stand alone stories build up to a book of thoughtfulness. She writes movingly of herself as a little girl who learns faithfulness through watering a paper cup of soil and seeds until they sprout. Equally movingly she writes as a doctor about a patient, a “man of vision” who does not fit into any existing mold and is thereby isolated by his “deep sense of difference” from others. 

My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging

By Rachel Naomi Remen,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked My Grandfather's Blessings as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In My Grandfather's Blessings, Rachel Naomi Remen, a cancer physician and master storyteller, uses her luminous stories to remind us of the power of our kindness and the joy of being alive.

Dr. Remen's grandfather, an orthodox rabbi and scholar of the Kabbalah, saw life as a web of connection and knew that everyone belonged to him, and that he belonged to everyone. He taught her that blessing one another is what fills our emptiness, heals our loneliness, and connects us more deeply to life.

Life has given us many more blessings than we have allowed ourselves to receive. My…


Book cover of The Last Kabbalist in Lisbon

Why this book?

Zimler is an award-winning American writer who has lived in Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city, since 1990. I admire Zimler’s historical fiction for its fact-based accuracy, and The Last Kabbalist is a beauty for that reason. His acclaimed novel details the Portuguese inquisition and the massacre of its Jews in 1506. Via his incisive research and great storytelling, Zimler sheds light on this period of history unknown to many Portuguese; as a result, there is now a Jewish Memorial Plaque in Rossio Square in Lisbon’s city center, honouring the two to five thousand Jews who were massacred. 

The Last Kabbalist in Lisbon

By Richard Zimler,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Last Kabbalist in Lisbon as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Berekiah Zarco, a young manuscript illustrator, searches for the killer of his uncle Abraham, a renowned kabbalist discovered murdered in a secret synagogue, in a historical mystery set in sixteenthcentury Lisbon, Portugal. Reprint.

Book cover of Tarot for Change: Using the Cards for Self-Care, Acceptance, and Growth

Why this book?

The last book is actually the most recent, with a title as direct as it can get. While my orientation is Kabbalistic, the Kabbalah is highly psychological, and Dore’s book brings the wisdom of behavioral psychology to working with the cards. This isn’t about telling fortunes but working with the cards in this way can change your future, because in fact, it helps you change yourself. And really, that’s what the cards are for. Best of all, the book is highly personal, so while you’re connecting with the author, you’re learning how to better connect with yourself. 

Tarot for Change: Using the Cards for Self-Care, Acceptance, and Growth

By Jessica Dore,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Tarot for Change as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Unlock the transformative power of tarot with this unique investigation into the psychology of its secrets, symbols and stories.

Symbols have been used in modern psychology for generations, from the interpretation of fairy tales to inkblot tests. Although tarot is often thought of as a spiritual tool for divination and fortune-telling, it too contains a set of symbols that can help us better understand our selves and align with our values. In this book, Jessica Dore reveals years of secrets and insights about how to work with tarot to activate your potential.

You'll discover:
* the importance of choosing the…

Book cover of The Ecstasy Beyond Knowing: A Manual of Meditation

Why this book?

It is not enough to read about the existence of states of consciousness beyond what we have experienced. The practices in this book, many of which I have learned from this renowned spiritual teacher, offer a course of development to radically change your consciousness, open you to life experiences, and give you tools for further transformation.

The Ecstasy Beyond Knowing: A Manual of Meditation

By Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Ecstasy Beyond Knowing as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Ecstasy Beyond Knowing represents the distilled wisdom of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan’s long lifetime of spiritual seeking and experiences, his dialogues and deep friendships with other mystics and spiritual teachers, and his explorations into the nature of reality with scientists and philosophers.Meditation techniques are explained in detail along with the principles behind them, including practices with breath, light, energy, sound and mantram, inspired visualizations, and the Sufi dhikr. The Sufi process and stages of transformation are interwoven with those of Hinduism, Buddhism, the Jewish Kabbalah, the glorification of the Christian Mass, and the alchemical process of self-transfiguration. The height,…

Book cover of The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners

Why this book?

This classic of Eastern philosophy endures for a reason: it contains timeless, essential teachings for living with a full heart, with ease, and in peace. The passages in this book reverberate with universal truths that can be easily applied to the parent-child relationship. The truths in The Bhagavad Gita are universal because they are self-evident, and the reader will likely have the experience not of acquiring new concepts, but of remembering what is known on a soul level but may have been forgotten.

The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners

By Jack Hawley,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Bhagavad Gita as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Bhagavad Gita has been called India’s greatest contribution to the world. For more than five thousand years, this great scripture has shown millions in the East how to fill their lives with serenity and love. In these pages, Jack Hawley brings these ancient secrets to Western seekers in a beautiful prose version that makes the story of the Gita clear and exciting, and makes its truths understandable and easy to apply to our busy lives.

The Gita is a universal love song sung by God to His friend man. It can’t be confined by any creed. It is a…

Book cover of The Esoteric Tarot: Ancient Sources Rediscovered in Hermeticism and Cabalah

Why this book?

Tarot scholar and art historian, Ronald Decker, provides a solid and up-to-date grounding in the history and esoteric sources that informed the design of the earliest tarot decks. Decker balances the demands of historical scholarship with esoteric insights derived from Hermeticism, Neoplatonism, and the Kabbalah to provide a foundational text in the various traditions underpinning the notion of an esoteric tarot.

The Esoteric Tarot: Ancient Sources Rediscovered in Hermeticism and Cabalah

By Ronald Decker,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Esoteric Tarot as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

That the Tarot originated in ancient Egypt as a divinatory tool is a romantic misconception. Ron Decker's meticulous scholarship will surprise practitioners and academics alike, revealing the Tarot's true evolution and meanings as its inventor(s) understood it.

The Tarot consists of the Minor Arcana, four suits of cards similar to our modern deck, and the Major Arcana, twenty-two allegorical or "trump" cards. Decker says the four-suit deck was invented in Asia Minor before AD 1000; Italian courtiers added the trumps in the 1400s. But Tarot was first used as a game. Tarot divination was only created in the 1700s by…