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Perle Besserman

Perle Besserman

A descendant of the Baal Shem Tov, Perle Besserman has studied Jewish mysticism with Rabbis Zvi Yehuda Kook and Aryeh Kaplan. She has written several books on mysticism, including Kabbalah: The Way of the Jewish Mystic (published under the name Perle Epstein), and is the editor of an anthology in Shambhala Pocket Classics, The Way of the Jewish Mystics. She presents workshops on women's spirituality around the United States and in Europe.

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About Author

Recipient of the Theodore Hoepfner Fiction Award and past writer-in-residence at the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Artist Colony in Jerusalem, Pushcart Prize nominee Perle Besserman was praised by Isaac Bashevis Singer for the “clarity and feeling for mystic lore” of her writing and by Publishers Weekly for its “wisdom [that] points to a universal practice of the heart.” Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Southern Humanities Review, The Nebraska Review, Briarcliff Review, Transatlantic Review, 13th Moon, and Lilith.


Besserman has also written for various publications such as Mademoiselle, the Boston Globe, the Village Voice, A Different Drummer, Canadian Literature, and East West. She has appeared on national and international radio and television, as well as in two Canadian documentary films about her work, and currently divides her time between Honolulu, Hawai’I, and Melbourne, Australia.