I’m curious about the teachings of the Kabbalah. Can you simplify them for me?

9 Responses to “Can you explain the Kabbalah?”

  • bok:

    Red bracelets. Celebrities.

  • Muhammad Body of Dog:

    I think you are going to have to ask Michael Dorn.

  • india lima foxtrot:

    *makes flowy gestures*


    *holds up arm with red bracelet*

  • Mathew:

    There are four levels of understanding of the Torah, and these levels are remembered by use of a mnemonic, “PaRDeS.” The letters stand for
    Pshat: simple, plain, intended meaning (the opposite of Drash) (sometimes inaccurately referred to as the literal meaning)
    Remez: alluded meaning (reading between the lines). Remez in modern Hebrew means hint. Traditionally: remez referred to methods such as gematria (word-number values).
    Derash: from Hebrew darash: “inquire” (“seek”) — the comparative (midrashic) meaning, as given through similar occurrences.
    Sod: (pronounced with a long O as in ‘bone’) — “secret” (“mystery”) or the mystical meaning, as given through inspiration or revelation.

    Cabala is taken from the deepest of the four, and takes the deepest immersion in Torah to understand. The popular Cabala that you find being taught on TV or bookstore shelves is mass market commercial version, and mostly not real cabala at all. The rabbis say one should not even TRY to study Cabala until he’s 40 years old, and that assumes a 40 year old Observant Jewish person, steeped in Judaism his whole life and very well acquainted with the Talmud and other Jewish texts.

  • Neanie:

    Go to Chabad.org and see what you can find. They are a Jewish but spiritual sect and you will be able to get a simplified explanation that makes sense to you.

  • Mark:

    ancient Babylonian mysticism.

  • Andi:

    Kabbalah is the mystical part of judaism. Is the esoteric part. Is about making contact with the source of creation. Kabbalah does not talk about god, because that is considered imagination and therefore idolatry (meaning reducing infinity to a preset form). It has been hidden for a long time, and kabbalists themselves spred many rumors about it (which you will see here in the answers you will get).

    In essence the teachings are as such: seeing there is a creation, and things we didn’t earn (like being born, nature, the sun etc.) we can assume a creator, that is good that does good (as seen in nature). However this contradicts out human experience (we see bad). Kabbalah says this perception is due to our nature that is not in equivalence of form, or quality to that which is perceived. (this is also wattered down as the law of attraction in other literature).

    The solution to become aware of this law of good we see in nature, is to be in the same form as “It”, just like tuning a radio, to be good (also known as love) and then we can be in contact with this upper force of good.

    Practically how is done? Kabbalah states you can pray to an invisible and imaginary god all you want, it’s not going to happen, because all things that are in the nature of the will to receive, do eventually fade, they are not permanent. So find in yourself the will to bestow. How? You have people around you that you can practice getting better and better at it.

    A famous past kabbalist (Hillel) was asked: “explain to me the whole kabbalah while standing in one leg”, he answered: “love your neighbor as thyself. the rest is just practice”.

    This is the just of it. Religion is about receiving something from a vending machine. Kabbalah is about correcting yourself in order to attain the law with which the machine works.

  • Jean-Paul (also in Spanish):

    Kabbalah is a scientific practical method for anyone who has a desire to discover what lies beyond the limits of human perception. To engage the method there is only one requirement and no other one: the desire to attain.

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