An Introduction to the Kabbalah by Moshe Hallamish, Ruth Bar-Ilan, Ora Wiskind-Elper

By Moshe Hallamish, Ruth Bar-Ilan, Ora Wiskind-Elper

Provides an creation to the area of the Kabbalah, targeting either the Kabbalist as an individual and the key teachings of the Kabbalah.

"An advent to the Kabbalah is a lucid, scintillating consultant to the esoteric teachings of Judaism. The booklet is especially readable with no sacrificing scholarly sophistication." -- Daniel Matt, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley; writer of The Essential Kabbalah and God and the large Bang

This ebook acquaints the reader with the area of the Kabbalah. the 1st half discusses the Kabbalist as someone: the non-public transmission of Kabbalistic traditions, the Kabbalist’s characteristics and skills, must haves and early arrangements, dangers and achievements, in addition to ideas for uncovering mysteries and the assets of revelations. the second one half bargains with the main issues within the teachings of the Kabbalah, comparable to the doctrine of the Sefirot, the Sitra-Ahra--good and evil, the construction of the area, the prestige of the Torah and its commandments, the doctrine of the soul and the transmigration of souls. In treating those concerns, the publication additionally notes the assimilation of Kabbalistic notions in Jewish spiritual customs.

"This is a vital paintings. It presents an summary of the realm of Jewish mysticism with specific cognizance to the problems which are philosophically generated inside of that culture. It examines those concerns in a phenomenological manner, freed from the historiographical procedure practiced by way of many scholars of Gershom Scholem. The publication addresses a couple of major elements of Jewish mysticism in mild in their dating to common Jewish inspiration, no longer within the gentle of alternative traditions. It additionally presents the newcomer to the sector with very important assets from around the old continuum of the Kabbalah."-- Pinchas Giller, Washington college

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And we undertake from now on that for endless days and years in the world to come, each one shall toil ... to redeem and restore and raise the soul of each member of our fraternity in whatever he can.... In sum, that from now on, we have convened and associated and affiliated and united as one man, companions in all respects, to assist and help and strengthen and encourage e~ch other to repent and to reprimand and share each other's troubles, whether in this world or in the world to come.... And we have undertaken that none of us shall praise his companion, even if he is greater than he is ...

I have already mentioned the list found in Pirkey Heikhalot concerning proficiency in the sacred books. But in addition to the study of their intellectual aspect, the sources also insist on practice. In other words, whoever wishes to contemplate the secrets of the Kabbalah must practice what he preaches. "20 Rabbi Moses Cordovero too insists on the importance of study, which he details as follows: "Third, he should devotedly fill himself with the laws of the Talmud and the explanation of the di vine Commandments in the literal sense, as explained by Maimonides in his Code of Law [HaYad ha-lzazakah}.

Yehudah Halevi said, no one ever denied this tradition, and therefore it is indisputable. ," was left unanswered. We do not know for sure what secret the Shekhinah revealed to the elect individuals, nor what of it they understood thoroughly and what of it was grasped by those to whom they communicated these revelations. As the author of Gle Razaya admits, "This is what I attained by my limited comprehension and if anyone offers better, plausible answers, I am willing to accept them 'to magnify the Law and make it honorable" [cf.

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