Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi
Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi is the Hebrew name of Warren Kenton. After over fifty years of study, practice and visiting the ancient centres of Kabbalah in Europe, North Africa and Israel, he sees it as his task to translate the Judaic line of Kabbalah into a modern form for anyone who wishes to walk the Way of Kabbalah.
As the Principal Tutor of the Kabbalah Society, Halevi has taught groups in Britain, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and Brazil, as well as in Spain, Portugal, France, Holland, Belgium, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Israel. His fourteen books on Kabbalah, including a novel, have been translated into fourteen languages including Hebrew, Greek and Japanese. He lives and works in London, England, with his wife, Rebekah. Each year, Halevi conducts lectures and workshops in England and around the world. He has also recorded a number of Kabbalistic Meditations, which are designed for group and personal use (please click here for details of study groups, courses and CDs).
Halevi was born in London in 1933. His family on his mother’s side were Ashkenazim from Poland, while his father’s family were Sephardim, of a rabbinical line, from Bessarabia – once a province of the Ottoman empire. His full Hebrew name is Z’ev ben Shimon, ben Joshua, Haham-Halevi. Both his parents’ families were Levites, according to family records. When his paternal grandfather migrated to England in 1900, the name Haham was recorded by officials as Kaufman, which was later changed to Kenton. His Ashkenazi great-grandfather was Zerah Barnet, who helped found the Orthodox Meah Shearim district just outside the Old City of Jerusalem and a Hebrew yeshiva in Jaffa.