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Amazon Reviews. No Reviews are Available. Sort by:. Most Helpful Most Recent. James A classic What made the experience of listening to Shamati I Heard the most enjoyable? Monty Sincerily redsun For most of his life, he was a simple worker, doing road works, construction works, and low-level clerical work.
He joined his father Yehuda Ashlag, author of the Sulam commentary on The Book of Zohar on his trips, did his father's errands, and provided for his father's every need. He would often study with his father in private, and what he'd heard from his father he wrote in his personal notebook. Thus, thousands of unique notes were accumulated, documenting Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag's explanations concerning the spiritual work of an individual. He studied Kabbalah with his father for more than thirty years. When his father, Baal HaSulam, fell ill, he appointed the Rabash to give the lessons to his disciples in his stead.
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Due to disputes concerning the rights to publish The Book of Zohar with the Sulam commentary that his father wrote, Baruch Ashlag left Israel for three years, spending most of that time in the United Kingdom. He also taught Kabbalah in Gateshead and in other cities in the U.
Upon his return to Israel, the Rabash continued to study and to teach. He did not want to become publicly known as a Kabbalist; hence, as did his father, he declined any offers for official posts. After the end of the s, he changed his ways and began teaching Kabbalah in broader circles.
He would travel to wherever there was even the smallest demand to hear about Kabbalah. Among the cities he frequented were Hebron , Tiberias , and Jerusalem. He himself moved to the second floor of the building. In , some forty new students joined the group of Kabbalists that the Rabash had been teaching up to that point. To help them "fit in" with the group more easily and quickly, he began to compose essays describing the spiritual evolution of an individual, and the basics of the work in a group of Kabbalists.
Shamati: I Heard
In time, his disciples collected the essays he had written and published them in a five volume publication known as Shlavey ha Sulam "Rungs [of] the Ladder". The Rabash's primary engagement was interpretation and expansion of his father's Baal HaSulam compositions. The Rabash's essays are a far easier read than compositions of earlier Kabbalists, since they are written in a simple language. Baruch Ashlag dedicated most of his efforts to elaborate on an individual's spiritual path, from the very first steps, when one asks, "What is the meaning of my life?
His disciples testify that "the Rabash believed that any person, man or woman, and even the youngest child can study the internality of the Torah, if they only wish to complete the correction of their souls". The book title comes from the writing that appeared on the cover of the notebook in which it was written, where the Rabash himself wrote, "Shamati" I heard.
From the 2nd printing onward, the book also contains "The Melodies of the Upper World," music notes to 15 of the melodies Baal HaSulam and the Rabash composed. Rabbi Yehuda asserted that a human being is a social being and that one cannot exist without a society that provides for one's basic needs, and projects its values upon its members.