Of Blessings and Curses – The Zohar

The Zohar is a basic work of Kabbalah authored by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and his students (2nd century CE). English translation of annotated selections by Rabbi Moshe Miller (Morristown, N.J.: Fiftieth Gate Publications, 2000) includes a detailed introduction covering the history and basic concepts of Kabbalah.

Mastering One’s Desires – Self-Improvement

Taming one’s obstinate desires is a key element in attaining our educational goals with regard to loyalty to Torah, holistic Judaism, and human perfection.Accustoming oneself to forgo personal desires is an important objective in its own right even if the particular desire does not entail any halachic prohibitions.

Adam Kadmon – Jewish Virtual Library

ADAM KADMON (Primordial Man), kabbalistic concept.The Gnostics inferred from the verse “Let us make man in our image” (Gen. 1:26) that the physical Adam was created in the image of a spiritual entity also called Adam.

7 Jewish Ways to Give Thanks – How many of the classic …

Literally “may you merit to do mitzvahs,” this term is often used to thank someone for an act of kindness. This reflects the rabbinic notion that the reward for a good deed is the ability to perform another one. Now that’s the real Jewish way to say thanks—and probably the oldest. You don …

The Glassblower Analogy – First Steps

The Zohar is a basic work of Kabbalah authored by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and his students (2nd century CE). English translation of annotated selections by Rabbi Moshe Miller (Morristown, N.J.: Fiftieth Gate Publications, 2000) includes a detailed introduction covering the history and basic concepts of Kabbalah.

The Hebrew Letters: Shin – GalEinai – Revealing the Torah …

The Eternal Flame. The letter shin appears engraved on both sides of the head- tefilin.On the right side, the shin possesses three heads, while on the left side it possesses four heads.In Kabbalah we are taught that the three-headed shin is the shin of this world while the four- headed shin is the shin of the World to Come. The secret of the shin is “the flame [Divine Revelation] bound to …

7 Things You Should Know About Hebrew | My Jewish Learning

Hebrew is the language of the Bible, Jewish prayer and —since the early 20th century — a modern language spoken in Israel. Below are seven important things to know about this storied language. 1) The Alphabet (Called the Aleph-Bet) Has 22 Letters. The earliest Hebrew texts date from the end of …