jewish mysticism, magic, and folklore

Suggested Readings in Jewish Mysticism, Magic, and Folklore (a work in progress)


Blech, Benjamin

[amazon_image id=”1568219180″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Secrets of Hebrew Words[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”1568219180″ target=”_blank” ]The Secrets of Hebrew Words[/amazon_link]

Dresner, Samuel H.

[amazon_image id=”1568212399″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The World of a Hasidic Master: Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”1568212399″ target=”_blank” ]The World of a Hasidic Master: Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev[/amazon_link]

Gesenius, William

—  A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament (with Biblical Aramaic Appendix)


Ginsburgh, R’ Yitzchak

— The Aleph-Beit: Jewish Thought Revealed through the Hebrew Letters


Ginzburg, Louis

— The Legends of the Jews [multiple volumes]


Glazerson, Matityahu

— Hebrew: Source of Languages

— Letters of Fire: Mystical Insights into the Hebrew Language

— The Secrets of the Haggadah


Halevi, Z’ev ben Shimon

— The Anointed [and many other works]


James, William

— The Varieties of Religious Experience


Kaplan, R’ Aryeh (translations and commentaries)

— The Bahir Illumination: Attributed to R’ Nehunia ben haKana, master of the first century esoteric school

— The Living Torah [bilingual edition]

— Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation in Theory and Practice


Lindquist, Galina

— Conjuring Hope: Healing and Magic in Contemporary Russia

— Ritual in its Own Right [with Don Handelman]


Murphy, Michael

— The Future of the Body: Explorations into the Further Evolution of Human Nature


Scholem, G.

— Sabbatei Sevi: Mystical Messiah


Schwartz, Howard

— The Four Who Entered Paradise


Seidman, Naomi

— A Marriage Made in Heaven: The Sexual Politics of Hebrew and Yiddish


Sharot, Stephen

— Messianism, Mysticism and Magic: A Sociological Analysis of Jewish Religious Movements


Singer, Isaac Bashevis

— Gimpel the Fool

— The Magician of Lublin

— The Spinoza of Market Street


Trachtenberg, Joshua

— Jewish Magic and Superstition


Wahiduddin, Richard Shelquist

— Bismillah al-rahman al-rahim



Winkler, Gershon

— Magic of the Ordinary: Recovering the Shamanic in Judaism


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