8 January 1933 – 21 September 2020


Warren Kenton (Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi) was one of the original Fellows of the Temenos Academy. Between 1991 and 2009 he gave 23 lectures on the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah at the Academy; he also opened and closed the Temenos conference in Oxford in 2013. Warren studied at Saint Martin’s School of Art where he met his exact contemporary Keith Critchlow; the two men remained friends until Keith’s death in April 2020. He was also a close friend, and confidant, of the principal founder of the Academy, Kathleen Raine. Warren Kenton was the leading expert on the Toledano tradition of Kabbalah, and the author of numerous books on this subject. As a man, and an extraordinarily dedicated teacher, he was possessed of great practical wisdom, human warmth, and humour; because of this he touched the lives of many people and was held in respect and affection by his many students around the world. He was a unique individual who will be missed but long remembered.

Here follows one of the early lectures that Warren Kenton delivered to the Temenos Academy on 14th December 1993:

In this talk he is introduced by his friend, Professor Keith Critchlow:

Kabbalah: Esoteric System of the West


The Kabbalah Society is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi and has the following tribute:

  The Most Sacred Word


A tribute in BESHARA magazine can be found HERE


(NB   An essay, The Names of God, by Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi will be published in

Temenos Academy Review 26 later in 2023)



[Photo credit: Jane Clark]


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