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.

Kabbalah: Predicting the Future – torahcafe.com

Has your news feed got you down? Are you concerned about the fate of the world? No joke: Ancient mystics knew more about the events of our times than even the most popular journalists, political pundits, and current events bloggers of today.

Video: Learning Kabbalah – aish.com

Rabbi Yaakov Salomon, C.S.W. is a noted psychotherapist, in private practice in Brooklyn, N.Y. for over 25 years. He is a Senior Lecturer and the Creative Director of Aish Hatorah’s Discovery Productions.

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 …

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 …

Joseph From the Kabbalistic Perspective – aish.com

As we have already seen, early on Joseph is linked to the fulfillment of Jacob’s legacy. These are the generations of Jacob, Joseph was seventeen years old …[Genesis 37:2] At the outset, the Torah connects Jacob with Joseph. Of all his sons specifically Joseph holds the key to not only Jacob’s but …

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 #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 …

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 #2: Perceiving the Infinite – aish.com

How can we get a glimpse of God? Kabbala reveals how the Infinite interacts with humanity. The Kabbalah is about understanding God. This brings us to a major paradox, because how can we — who are finite, understand God, who is Infinite. The Kabbalah describes God as Ein Sof, which in Hebrew means …

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 …

Life of Pi – aishcom

The upcoming 3D blockbuster, Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee and based on the bestselling book by Yann Martel, tells the story of a boy adrift on a lifeboat in the Pacific, accompanied by a 400-pound Bengal tiger. That will make for some great visuals, but the question is whether Hollywood can capture the subtlety of a novel that deals with deeper questions of religious morality and the …

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 #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 #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 #19: History of Kabbala Part II – aish.com

The imagery of Kabbalah, which examines God’s actions through metaphor, can never lead to the creation of images or the suggestion that the One God exists in fragments. We have shown in the previous article in this series that in the Torah itself there is a clear — albeit veiled — allusion to a …

Kabbala #22: Yesod: Foundation – aish.com

The sefirah of yesod anchors the world to its spiritual bedrock. The word yesod means “foundation.” Why, indeed, is the term yesod used to describe this attribute? Let us first describe what is a foundation in the realm of construction. A person builds a big and imposing building. It may be made of …