• Shimmush Tehillim, Tehillim, Psalms 151-155 and Their

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    The kabbalistic writings of Nathan. who chose to follow Shabbatai into Islam.” Some Sabbatean groups were even accused of holding orgies and transgressing other moral laws of Judaism—a charge which may not be fully without basis. The most familiar example of this is Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming the Sabbath). Says the Zohar: "The process of creation has taken place on two planes, one above and one below. .. . Traditional Qabalistic (or Cabalistic, or, indeed, Kabbalistic -- read this book to find out what the difference is...we know you've always wondered) sources tend to be a bit, er, dry.
  • Jewish Wisdom on the Afterlife: The Mysteries, The Myths,

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    The most famous work of Kabbalah, the Zohar, was revealed to the Jewish world in the thirteenth century by Moses De Leon. Thus, the Head God brought forth the Head Gods in the grand, head council. 133 By any literate interpretation of Hebrew, this is an impossible reading. It is the disciples of the Zohar and of Kabbalah who deal with those subjects of spirituality, of communion with God, of angels and the afterlife, of prophecies and predictions that are left unexplored in the Jewish texts meant for the general populace.
  • The Secret Life of God: Discovering the Divine within You

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    He told me that his visions always show him that the redemption of Israel depends on me. And it is impossible for a servant to serve two masters; otherwise, he will honor the one and treat the other contemptuously. Another instance of what looks like a sect of esoteric teachers among the Jews of the first centuries is the Vatīkīn, i.e. 'men of firm principles.' Their mysticism seems to have clustered mostly round the sentiments and outward conduct governing prayer.
  • The Doctrinal Content Of The Kabalah In Respect Of God And

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    I will discuss more about Tzvi and a few key people among the Sabbateans in the “The Khazarian Jews” section of the Summary later. According to Scholem, Unfortunately, the most voluminous kabbalistic work of the 13th century, The Zohar, namely, the complex of writings included within it, must be entirely eliminated from this discussion of the origin or early stages of the Kabbalah. The object of its thought, which is also eternal and identified with it, is, as it were, the plan of the universe, in its entire existence and its duration in space and in time.
  • Sichos In English: Volume 17 - Nissan-Elul, 5743

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    As I climbed the front steps, I came face to face with an old man standing barefoot at the gate. But the historical and textual evidence suggests that it was precisely on the basis of such claims that kabbalists were able to initiate a substantial reformulation of the meaning of Judaism. All that lives is an expression of God’s language—and what is it that Revelation can reveal in the last resort if not the name of God?53 The Hebrew language conceals a symbolic dimension.
  • The Anthology of Jewish Mysticism

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    CONTEMPORARY SAGES: The Great Chasidic Masters of the Twentieth Century. Jung was asked once by a reporter: “Do you believe in God?” He answered: “No, I know.” In other terms, he was saying: I don’t have to believe, because I know that God is. People who are into Kaballah and the Zohar are caught up in mysticism; something which only leads people away from the Truth of Scripture. That’s the best motivator for other people to want to be what you are.” Rabbi Tzadok Cable with ‘Kabbalah Me’ director Steven Bram at the Banyas in Israel. (courtesy) It seems to be working: Miriam, who never wanted to take on any Jewish rituals before, recently purchased kosher meat and lit Shabbat candles.
  • Exit Strategy

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    It is also worth considering how much the warp and woof of the messianic and antinomian that underlies much of Scholem's historiography of Kabbala is born from, and serves, his Zionism, In an interview a short time before his death he admitted that he believed his work was already “dated” and thus, I assume, in need of revision and revaluation. Nobody reading her Secret Doctrine and noting the many references to the Kabbalah could doubt her intimate knowledge of these writings.
  • Jewish History and Divine Providence: Theodicy and the

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    Wandering through the neighborhood of Bhendi Bazaar, faced with its Masjid Railway Station and the crowd of hijab-clad women swirling around it, I assumed that the station takes its name from a nearby mosque. Swartz. “ineffable”). and linguistic permutations of these components.36 Does the Sefer Yetsirah belong in the category of early Jewish mystical texts? Whether, as has been suggested, the uncanny imagery of the Merkabah lore is to be sought, for its origin, in the teachings of Mithraism, or, as has also been suggested, in certain branches of Mohammedan mysticism, one can see quite clearly how its governing idea is based on a conception general to all the mystics, viz. that the quest for the ultimate Reality is a kind of pilgrimage, and the seeker is a traveller towards his home in God.
  • Lubavitcher Rabbi's Memoirs, Volume I: Tracing the Origins

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    Madonna supposedly paid close to $10,000 to get this spiritually radiant water into the central heating system of her mansion. [8] She even thinks the mystical water can solve the radiation problem at Chernobyl. [9] The Kabbalah as practised by the Kabbalah Centre is not Judaism as regular Jews see it. [10] [11] A spokesman for the London Kabbalah Centre sparked outrage among Jews by saying the Jews brought the Holocaust on themselves by not practising Kabbalah as the Centre says it should be practised.
  • Between Heschel and Buber: A Comparative Study (Emunot:

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    He is very meticulous in his work, and may even draw some immediate conclusions from the data at hand. The will of God is immanent in everything; and from it have proceeded the two forms of being, "materia universalis" (ὕλη) and "forma universalis." They all emerge from the Ein Sof, the Infinite. The Ein Sof interacts with the universe through ten emanations from this essence, known as the Ten Sefirot. As it would be impossible to give the reader any tangible notion of these involved stretches of philological reasoning, without introducing a considerable amount of Hebrew words and Hebrew grammatical terminology, the subject can only be dealt with fragmentarily.