THE ZOHAR
"Whoever is in this world and does not toil to know the Holy One Blessed be He, it is better had he not been created." (Zohar, Terumah 161b)

MAIMONIDES
“One only loves the Holy One blessed be He through the knowledge of Him.  This love is commensurate to the knowledge.  If the knowledge is little, the love will be little; and if the knowledge is great, the love will be great.  Thus, it is imperative for a person to dedicate himself to understand and contemplate the wisdom and knowledge that inform him of his Creator.” (Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Teshuvah 10:6)

THE ARIZAL
"A person does not completely fulfill his obligation [to study Torah] by involving himself with Tanach, Mishnah, Aggada, and the Babylonian Talmud.  Rather, one is obligated to involve himself to the best of his ability in the secrets of the Torah and the Work of the Chariot, for there is no greater pleasure for G-d in all the creation than when His children below involve themselves in the secrets of Torah - to know His greatness, His beauty, and His supremacy." (Introduction to Etz Chaim)

RABBI CHAIM VITAL
"The redemption will be brought about in the merit of those who study and involve themselves in the teachings of Kabbalah." (Introduction to Shaar HaHakdamot)
 

 

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KUNTRES HAHITPAALUT - ON DIVINE INSPIRATION
This book, authored by the Holy Rabbi Dov Ber of Lubavitch, is popularly known as "The Tract on Ecstasy." In Chassidic circles it is famed as the prelude to Shaar HaYichud - The Gate of Unity. It explains the stages of Divine spiritual consciousness that result from Hitbonenut meditation, and also diagnoses many different levels of spiritual illnesses and how to avoid and overcome them. It is a unique and incredible guide to self knowledge and experiential levels of Divine meditation.

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THE GATE OF UNITY
This book, authored by the Holy Rabbi Dov Ber of Lubavitch, is known as THE KEY to Chassidus (See HaYom Yom - Shushan Purim, Adar Sheni). It explains the entire methodology and system of Kabbalah and Chassidus, and is therefore foundational to unlocking the secrets of Kabbalah and the treasure houses of Chassidus.  It is a must read for any serious minded seeker of G-d's Truth. (39 of 54 chapters currently available)

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THE PRINCIPLES OF RELIGION
This eighteen page article is a rational exposition on the thirteen foundational principles of all faith set forth by Maimonides.  Through this brilliant and revolutionary article, one is capable of rationally comprehending how these principles are not just a matter of belief, but are self evident truths which are as necessary to our existence as the air that we breathe. (18 pages)

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THE GATE OF RETURN
This book is a translation of Derech Chayim - The Way of Life, by the Holy Rabbi Dov Ber of Lubavitch.  The main focus of this work is to explain how one can cleave and literally bind himself to the very Essence of G-d.  It discusses in great detail the effects of sin upon ones soul, and is a must read for all those who desire to truly return and come close to G-d. (8 of 27 chapters currently available)

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THE KNOWLEDGE OF G-D
This book is an excellent introduction to the entire system of Kabbalah, in a way of comprehension and understanding.  Part one explains the Kabbalistic System of the Chaining Down of the Worlds - known as the Seder Hishtalshelut. This knowledge is the foundation of all Kabbalistic thought, and gives great insight into the nature of our existence, and into G-d.  The second part is an introduction to the Kabbalistic method of contemplation and meditation, known as Hitbonenut.  Part three explains how the various levels of one's soul become revealed through Hitbonenut meditation. (145 pages)

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THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM
This book is a compendium of primary principles of Kabbalah, and is an excellent desk reference for Kabbalistic terms and concepts. (50 pages) 

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