Kabbala #1: What Is Kabbalah? – aish.com

Kabbala is the Torah’s expression of the way the world works. Removed from its source, it’s a lot of rubbish. (First in a series.) Most people have heard something or other about Kabbalah. But it is highly unlikely that what is going around in the general marketplace posing as Kabbalah is anywhere …

Kabbalah – Torah Cafe

Kabbalah. Kabbalah is the ancient Jewish mystical tradition which teaches the deepest insights into the essence of G-d, His interaction with the world, and the purpose of Creation.

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Kabbala #3: The Ten Sefirot – aish.com

A Kabbalistic concept explaining the multiplicity of God’s manifestations in the world helps us see how God is truly One. The building blocks of Kabbalistic terminology are the Ten Sefirot. These are the ten emanations or “lights” through which God interacts with, and relates to, His world. When …

Kabbalah and Lag B’Omer

Forget the red string. What exactly is Kabbalah? Lag B’Omer, the 33 rd day of the Omer, is celebrated as a commemoration of the memory of Rabi Shimon bar Yochai. A prominent sage of the Mishna, Rabbi Shimon is best known as the author of the chief mystical work, the Zohar, or “Luminescence …

Joseph From the Kabbalistic Perspective – aish.com

Thank you for this amazing article. Joseph is the foundation and the Beis HaMikdash cannot be built until Moses ascends Mt. Sinai. The clarity of the writings, then put with the kabbalistic knowledge of you Rabbi Kahn teaches to me that one can hope, study and strive for the knowledge and understanding that only comes with true faith and trust in everything that Hashem has done, will do and …

Kabbala #17: History of Kabbala: Part 1 – aish.com

Before exploring the rest of the Ten Sefirot, for the next couple of installments in this series I would like to delve into the source of Kabbalah, its development over the years and the reasons for its “secrecy.”. One of the reasons that the mystical tradition of Judaism is called Kabbalah (meaning “received”) is in order to emphasize that one must have received this mystical understanding of …

The Kabbalah of Today’s Global Conflicts – torahcafe.com

This lecture will address the fascinating parallels of current confrontations to the Jewish community to the millennia-old tensions between Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Along the way, you will discover how YOU can affect world events through your own actions. This lecture took place at the 12th annual National Jewish Retreat.

Kabbala #20: Netzach and Hod: Means to an End – aish.com

We will now describe the third group of sefirot which we will call the “tactical” sefirot; they are netzach, “victory,” and hod, “awe.” When we call these sefirot “tactical,” we mean that their purpose is not inherent in themselves, but rather as a means for something else. For example, if I wish …

Kabbala #5: Prayer, Study and the Ten Sefirot

Prayer lifts us above a fragmented world, where we turn our focus to only One God, whose many attributes make up one cohesive union. In previous articles we discussed the idea of Ten Sefirot – the ten attributes/manifestations of God – as being a cohesive union. We focused on the underlying unity of …

Seder Table: A Kabbalistic Perspective – aish.com

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Kabbala #23: Malchut: The Kingdom Within – aish.com

I first started Kabbalah study in the 1980’s. Each Shepahroth is rooted in the act of Creation, which like the Torah, is part of HaShem.So for me, each part is reflected is the ME that comes from HaSHem.

Kabbala #4: Why 10? – aish.com

The Sefirot are our human perceptions of God’s various interactions with the world, as discussed in “The Ten Sefirot.”. What is the significance of the number “ten”? In the Kabbalistic metaphor, numbers are not merely arithmetic notations. Numbers have a personality and are qualitatively meaningful.

Kabbala #21: Yesod: The Translator – aish.com

The sefirah of yesod, “foundation,” translates spiritual concepts into actions that unite us with God. Therefore, by analyzing the primary characteristics of this human organ, we can get a through understanding of the attribute of yesod. 1. We find that while the cells of every organ are very …

Kabbala #16: Beauty as Mercy – aish.com

The dynamic of interaction between the three sefirot of “action” can be compared to a courtroom where kindness, chesed, is the defender and judgment gevurah/din the prosecutor. The following verse to illustrate the relationship of these different modes. In a section dealing with God sitting and …

Kabbala #8: Binah – Processing Wisdom – aish.com

The second of the Ten Sefirot — binah – is the womb where raw understanding is developed and processed. In the last installment in this series, we have discussed chochmah or “inspired wisdom.” We now come to the second of the Ten Sefirot, which is binah or “processed wisdom,” also known as …

Kabbalistic Insights into Shvat – aish.com

Each month of the Hebrew calendar contains mystical meaning. Shvat teaches us about the wellsprings of wisdom. The word shvat is related to the Hebrew word for a staff or rod. A staff can be used as a symbol of power, or as a cane to lean on. It serves a master. This is an underlying theme of the …

Kabbala #6: The Sefirot and the Divine Plan

God funnels His will through the primary Sefirot of intellect, creating a world where each event and interaction is part of a larger, comprehensible pattern. We are now ready to introduce the Ten Sefirot — the ten emanations of God. At their fundamental level, the Ten Sefirot are a step-by-step …