Book Release: Kinesthetic Kabbalah: Spiritual Practices from Martial Arts and Jewish Mysticism
“In order to change the world, we must first make the effort to change ourselves and develop more harmonious and spiritual ways of interacting with our fellow person.”
Spirituality from Martial Arts and Jewish Mysticism
The world is a pretty stressful place to live nowadays. In addition to war, terrorism and the uncertain economy, our personal lives are filled with competing priorities such as making a living, finding love, dealing with family, and the daily chaos of shopping, paying bills and driving on over-crowded streets and highways. Living with high levels of stress is not only harmful to our bodies, it is unhealthy for our souls. The challenge we all face is creating spirituality and peace in our less-than-tranquil, everyday lives.
Kinesthetic Kabbalah: Spiritual Practices from Martial Arts and Jewish Mysticism is a practical guide filled with stories, anecdotes, and insights, as well as teachings and suggestions for developing a more peaceful, spiritually centered way of relating to others and managing situations of tension and hostility in an increasingly threatening world. Based on Daniel Kohn’s experiences as a rabbi and martial artist, Kinesthetic Kabbalah examines the parallels between the ancient Jewish mystical teachings of Kabbalah and Eastern philosophy as manifested in the Japanese defensive martial art of aikido. This book draws on both spiritual systems to present a manual of principles and practices to change ourselves and improve the world around us.
For mystics and realists alike, Kinesthetic Kabbalah offers an in-depth spiritual analysis of martial arts and mysticism and presents its lessons in an approachable, non-sectarian way. This book is a manual that draws on two vastly different traditions, yet uncovers surprising parallels and immediately presents practices for self-improvement.
About the Author:
Daniel Kohn received rabbinical ordination in 1991 and has practiced aikido for the last fifteen years. Serving as a professional educator and congregational spiritual leader in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California, Rabbi Kohn’s articles have appeared in Tikkun Magazine, The Jewish Spectator, Aikido Today Magazine and online at Jewish.com, MyJewishLearning.com, Belief.net and InterfaithFamily.com. A second degree black belt in aikido, Rabbi Kohn lives with his wife and daughter in the San Francisco Bay area. Kinesthetic Kabbalah is his third book and he can be reached at www.kinesthetickabbalah.com