The Master of the Ladder
The Life and Teachings of Rabbi Yehudah Leib Ashlag
by Rabbi Avraham Mordecai Gottleib
Translated and Edited by Yedidah Cohen
390 pages trade paperback
black and white photos; index; glossary
In The Master of the Ladder we find the story of a great Kabbalist. We experience his passion for serving God, we learn of the spiritual path he received from his Masters, and we struggle with him in his courage and perseverance in opening up the inner wisdom of the Torah, the Kabbalah
Told through Rabbi Ashlag's personal documents, interviews with those who knew him, his letters, and his teachings, we get a vibrant, inner view of a great sage who was in constant union with his Creator.
We also get a dynamic view of the opening of Kabbalah and what it means for us to have this wisdom in our turbulent generation. Many excerpts form his writings and teachings are given throughout the book, and there is a comprehensive glossary.
Friday morning, before dawn,
Breathing in the clear air,
The barrier is lifted, blown away, past.
Now His salvation is forever.
His delights pour forth, unending.
The light! He shows, like that! with a finger.
He will show me wonders in His Torah,
I will be satiated by His delights all my days.
Poem written by Rabbi Ashlag given to his student Rabbi Sinkovsky