The Female Face of God
International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.57-60.
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Perle Besserman holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and has written widely on mysticism.
Isaac Bashevis Singer praised her work on Kabbalah for its “clarity” and its “feeling for mystic lore,” and Publisher’s Weekly for its “wisdom [that] points to a universal practice of the heart.”
Her books include Oriental Mystics and Magicians, The Way of Witches, Monsters: Their Histories, Homes, and Habits (Doubleday); The Private Labyrinth of Malcolm Lowry: Under the Volcano and the Cabbala (Holt); Kabbalah: The Way of the Jewish Mystic (Doubleday/Randon House/Barnes and Noble); The Way of the Jewish Mystics (Shambhala/Random House); Crazy Clouds: Zen Radicals, Rebels and Reformers (with Manfred Steger, Shambhala/Random House); Owning It: Zen and the Art of Facing Life (Kodansha); The Shambhala Guide to Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism (Shambhala/Random House); Teachings of the Jewish Mystics (Shambhala/Random House); and Grassroots Zen (with Manfred Steger, Tuttle).
Her novel, PILGRIMAGE, was published by Houghton Mifflin, and her fiction has appeared in The Southern Humanities Review, The Nebraska Review, Briarcliff Review, Transatlantic Review, 13th Moon, Bamboo Ridge, Lilith, Hurricane Alice, Crab Creek Review, Other Voices, Agni, and Midstream. She has written for publications as varied as Mademoiselle, Manoa (Honolulu), The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, A Different Drummer, Canadian Literature, and East West. Kabbalah: The Way of the Jewish Mystic has been recorded as a “book on tape” (Sounds True Audio Editions). Besserman’s books have been translated into German, Spanish, Japanese, Czech, Italian, Hebrew, Portuguese, Russian, Dutch, Hungarian, and Thai.
Her most recent book is A New Kabblah for Women (Palgrave/St. Martin’s and Griffin Paperback Edition), and she is currently working on a new work of creative non-fiction on women and Zen (Palgrave/St. Martin’s).
Recipient of the Theodore Hoepfner Fiction Award and writer-in-residence at the Mishkenot Sha'ananim Artist Colony in Jerusalem, Perle Besserman appears regularly on national and international radio and television, presents workshops and colloquia on Kabbalah, Zen, and Women’s Spirituality, tours bookstores across the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel. With Manfred Steger, she is founding co-teacher of the Princeton Area Zen Group in Princeton, New Jersey.
Perle Besserman’s academic career includes teaching Comparative Literature and Women’s Studies at New York University, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, New York City, Briarcliff College, the University of Hawai’i System, Rutgers University, Illinois State University, and Southwest China University (in the People’s Republic of China).
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