Kabbala #23: Malchut: The Kingdom Within

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 #9: Daat – The Bridge Between Idea and Reality

First I must mention my reverence for these articles on the Kabbalah. It is a relief to find insight in “mystical” truths without having to weed through the sea of occult terminology and ritual that often hides the proper message.

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 #7: Chochma: Inspired Intellect

Out of the Ten Sefirot, chochmah, wisdom is the trait which allows creating something out of nothing, for it truly comes from “nowhere.” Let us now take a closer look at those of the Ten Sefirot that relate to the intellect. The word me’ayin can be properly translated as “from where” or “nowhere …

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 …

Parshat Vayigash: Joseph From the Kabbalistic Perspective

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 #20: Netzach and Hod: Means to an End

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 …

Kabbala #15: Tiferet: Beautiful Synthesis

Tiferet– which literally means “beauty” or “glory” — is the most central as it mediates between chesed (“kindness”) and gevurah (“strength”).. Literally taken, the word “middle” implies a compromise, a “little of this” and a “little of that.” But the word “middle” has a much more positive and pronounced connotation when used as a description of tiferet.

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 ‚ÄúLuminescence …

Video: Learning Kabbalah – aish.com

For thousands of years, no one was allowed to study Kabbalah until age 40 and until they understood Torah at a higher level than most of the well studied scholars.

Kabbala #2: Perceiving the Infinite

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.

Kabbala #17: History of Kabbala: Part 1

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 #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 …

Kabbala #24: Keter: The Sefirah that Isn’t

Keter manifests itself in the world as inexplicable “will” that goes beyond reason or cause and effect. We have portrayed the sefirot as a chain of command starting with the idea (chochmah) and finishing with the implementation (malchut). However, the “idea” is never the real beginning of an act …

Kabbala #21: Yesod: The Translator

All of the sefirot are compared to human organs, which are seen as counterparts to these sefirot.According to Kabbalah, the counterpart of yesod, “foundation,” is the male reproductive ability.And as such, all of the laws of sanctity governing male desire and passion are termed kedushas midas yesod, “the sanctity of the attribute of yesod.”. Therefore, by analyzing the primary characteristics …

Kabbala #10: Chesed – The World is Built on Kindness

The fourth of the Ten Sefirot — chesed– precedes all others because it is the only one that is unconditional and unmotivated. In the earlier parts to these series, we have explored the meaning of the first three of the Ten Sefirot, which we described as the attributes of the “intellect.” We are …