Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi

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"Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi is the Hebrew name of Warren Kenton, born in 1933 into a Sephardic Jewish Levite family in England. He has studied the Teaching since he was twenty-five and has visited the major historic sites of the Tradition in Europe, North Africa and Israel. Over this time, he has written sixteen books on the Kabbalah, including a novel. They have been translated into fifteen languages. Besides running courses in Britain, the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Canada, he has taught in ten European countries as well as in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Israel. He is the Principal Tutor of the Kabbalah Society and a Fellow of the Temenos Academy in London." [1]

He ran workshops for the Wrekin Trust and has lectured at the Theosophical Society, the Royal College of Art and the Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture. wiki He ran his 2009 Kabbalistic Summer School at Hawkwood College. [1]



A professor of Kabbalah at Hebrew University of Jerusalem has bemoaned the hijacking of kabba'lah by various New Age authors and has given Halevi as an example. Joseph Dan, in his work The Heart and the Fountain: An Anthology of Jewish Mystical Experiences, writes in footnote 57 to the introduction:

"Another distressing phenomenon is connected with the numerous books concerning kabbalah, its history, nature, and traditions, as instruction for modern living, published by "Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi" who is a nice English gentleman from Hampstead who does not know any Hebrew. His books were used as authentic, scholarly source by many, including Simo Parpola." wiki

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  1. Kabbalah Society Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi, organizational web page, accessed October 14, 2013.