Kabbalah is the mystical teachings in Judaism that are mainly based on the Zohar (traditionally attributed to Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai) and then later elaborated upon by others such as Rabbis Isaac Luria and Israel Baal Shem.

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Etz chaim question: Circular vs. linear sefirot

The Arizal explains in Etz Chaim, Palace of Adam Kadmon, how the sefirot have both linear and circular aspects. He also connects this to the soul levels, the nefashot being the circular aspects and ...
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How are sorcery or witchcraft viewed in Judaism and Jewish Mysticism?

How are sorcery or witchcraft viewed in Judaism? I have heard that it has something to do with Kabbalah. Please correct me if I am wrong. Also Solomon (may peace and blessings be upon him) is falsely ...
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How exactly are the three tamei klipot the source of a forbidden thing?

I often hear that something which is forbidden originates from the three tamei klipot - where no good comes from - and as such it cannot be used for good. However, that which is permitted originates ...
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Souls (Neshamos) of converts

When I was in Yeshiva many years ago I heard one of the rebbeim (teachers) of the yeshiva speaking to a young man that had converted to Judaism and that was very successful in learning about "his ...
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Purpose of Gilgulei Sheleg (rolling in snow)

what is the earliest source of the practice of gilgulei sheleg (rolling in snow)? also, what is the purpose of this and why specifically snow instead of cold water or whatever .
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What happens to the angels post tikkun olam?

What happens to the spiritual entities such as the angels when the tikkun olam is complete and Moshiach has arrived? Will they also attain a place in Olam Haba?
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The Origins of the Zohar - Why is it accepted as being true?

I've read arguments and counter arguments for the origins of the Zohar and I'm perplexed. I personally accept the truths in kabbalah and chassidut, but I didn't realize how the Zohar sort of just ...
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Raising of the sparks

Central in the chassidic philosophy is the concept of the raising of the sparks of holiness to the realm of Atzilut. For Source, see for example this: "It is part of the spiritual structure of the ...
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Sefirotic dominance

Background for question: "One who is versed in kabbala knows how to act at the right time by knowing which sefira dominates at a particular time, and he cleaves to the light of the dominant sefira. He ...
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From where do we know that sexual intercourse with a non-jewish woman is forbidden?

From where do we know that a jewish man cannot have sexuel intercourse with a non-jewish woman? What say the Kabbala about this ? Is it related to dark forces, "qelipoth"?
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What is the chassidic version of ruach?

In my understanding by comparing the Arizals works to the Tanya, the animal soul = nefesh, the G-dly soul = neshamah. But what about ruach?
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Why is kabbalah so secretive?

The basic information of Jewish mysticism is readily available online and in print today. Yet kabbalah continues to be treated as knowledge that is secret and is only appropriate for people to learn ...
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Is one a heretic if he does not believe in Kabbalah?

Is one a heretic if he does not believe in Kabbalah? Not necessarily that the Rashbi authored the Zohar, but in the general tenets of kabbalah including but not limited to: tzimtzum, sefirot, ...
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Why isn't the Kabbalistic doctrine of Sefirot considered Shittuf if the Christian Trinity is?

From the answers to this question it seems that most if not all Jewish sources treat Trinitarian Christianity (in particular, their doctrine of the Trinity) as either Shittuf or outright Avoda Zara, ...
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Maharal and Kabbala (a few questions)

Since the Maharal (born 1512) lived around the same time as the Arizal (born 1534), and it doesn't seem like they had any acquaintances. Which sources did the Maharal utilize when learning Kabala? ...
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Conditions for Learning Kabala

What are the necessary conditions for being ready to learn Kabala? And if one meets those conditions, what books should he start with? Please provide a source.
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Why didn't the prophets (and others “inspired from Above”) ever learn the secrets of science or cures for disease?

Why is it that people like the prophets, and other, more modern figures who are seen as being divinely inspired (the kabbalists, the Chasidic rebbes, etc.) never seem to be told secrets of science, ...
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Seeking living holy clairvoyant

I have a question to ask someone who possesses clairvoyant powers which definitely derive from the side of holiness. Who is the best person today to ask? (They also needs to be someone who does not ...
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Mekubal in New York

I am looking for an authenticated mekubal in New York who is also a Torah scholar and can assist me with a pressing personal issue.
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Suffering of the righteous - kabbalistic interpretation

There is one concept in kabbalah that always have bothered me, the concept of suffering of the righteous for the purpose of "cleansing" the soul for olam habah. The question often comes up in the ...
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Are all non-human creations reincarnations?

I have heard from my Rav and during a few derashot of HaRav Eliyahu Mansour that a neshamah previously brought into 'Olam HaZeh in human form, but needing additional tiqqun (i.e. soul correction) and ...
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Source for the Usage of “Kabbalah”

What are the earliest sources that refer to Jewish mysticism in particular as "kabblah". (Preferably the answer should include an indication that the word was associated with this in particular, ...
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Was there any foreknowledge of the Paris hostage crisis within Judaism?

Did any school of thought within Judaism (like Kabbalah) predict the Paris hostage crisis? Did any Jewish scholar make a prediction? Are there any rumors about such a foreknowledge? The question is ...
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Soul of convert ( Jew in non-Jewish body) [duplicate]

I would like to know espescially from a kabbalistic viewpoint: Is it possible that a Jew gets born into the body of a non-Jew because of reasons connected to previous lifetimes and has to find his ...
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What is the difference between the Sphirot and the Trinity? [duplicate]

In yeshiva, I learned that the ten Sphirot are a part of the essence of G-d, and that some of the Mekubalim direct different part of Shmone Esre to different Sphirot. They (the Mekubalim) also believe ...
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Commentary to Sefer Yetzirah of R. Yehuda Ben Barlizai

Where can I find the commentary of R. Yehuda Ben Barzilai to the Sefer Yetzira? I am particularly looking for the 1858 Berlin ed.
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Sheidim, fact or fiction?

Are there really such thing as sheidim? If so, what are they? Please include sources.
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Kabala in Halacha

Which of the major authors or codifiers of halacha. . . a) refer directly to or quote from kabala in their legal discussions? b) employ conclusions based only on kabala in their legal argumentation ...
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Reincarnation vs. resurrection of the dead

Some Jews believe in reincarnation. They are also supposed to accept the Resurrection of the Dead, where actual bodies are resurrected. In that case, for each soul, which body is resurrected?
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Is Baal HaSulam kosher?

There is a wide range of credible, and not so credible sources in the field of Kabbalah. I was wondering if the works of the Baal HaSulam (Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag) such as "Talmud Eser Sefirot" are ...
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What is special in 22? [duplicate]

The Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters and according to Kabbalah everything has been created on a spiritual level by those 22 forces. But what exactly? Some teachers say we've 22 chromosomes, but I don't ...
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Jewish mourning practices - candle cup of water salt for seven days after burial

I am looking for more information regarding the following custom or minhag excerpt: "It was customary to keep a candle burning in the death chamber during the week after burial; one report has it ...
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English translation of etz chayim (arizal)

Does anyone know of a good English translation of Etz Chayim by the Arizal?
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Counting of hours and days

The Torah states (Deuteronomy 18:10) “There shall not be found among you one who calculates times.” There are however, "permissable" counting, such as the counting of the omer, the counting of My ...
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Punishment for damage from an Ayin Hara according to the Zohar and Kabbalah

Ive read that when it comes to din / punishments, one may only be punished for physical actions (including speech / lashon hara) but never because of thoughts and emotions. However, what about the ...
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Are Segulot a Prohibition of Nichush?

Rambam Hilchot Avodat Kochavim 11:12 writes: הלוחש על המכה וקורא פסוק מן התורה, וכן הקורא על התינוק שלא יבעת, והמניח ספר תורה או תפילין על הקטן בשביל שיישן - לא די להם שהם בכלל מנחשים וחוברים, אלא ...
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Nullifying a chametz-based medication before Pesach

Let's say you are a choleh who is permitted or required to take a chometz-containing medication during Pesach (according to the halachos described here: ...
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What are the major ancient literature on Judaic mysticism and spiritual development?

What are the major ancient literature on Judaic mysticism and spiritual development? By ancient I mean B.C.E. I also would appreciate if you can also provide links to online English translations if ...
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Accusations against the Zohar HaKadosh:

Are there any responses by Rishonim or Aharonim (even contemporaries) against those who criticize the Kabbala and the Zohar done by many people? Like this accusation ...
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Do gentiles have neshamot?

As I have seen here, some say that only Jews have a neshama, others say that all humans have one. There was a reference there only of the former opinion (Jews only), and I know from elsewhere that ...
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Palm-reading in Judaism

Are there Jewish sources which affirm the validity of the art of palm-reading? If yes, how does this work. i.e. what is the underlying idea behind it. (the reason I ask, is because I actually met ...
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Is the Kabbalah Center kosher? [duplicate]

I suspect many have heard of the Kabbalah Center. Founded by Philip Berg (who went by the moniker of R' Yehudah Berg, despite likely lacking semicha), the Kabbalah center is known for publishing ...
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What did the Arizal's contemporaries write about him?

Over here, ray posits that the validity of certain schools of Jewish philosophy rests on the Arizal's word. The Arizal was most famous for his teachings in Safed (though he only lived there for two ...
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Testing Hashem (for Monetary Gain)

If I remember right, The Legacy of Maran Rav Aharon Kotler describes how a son tests his father's ability to sense if a glass has been toveled in a mikveh. The father passed the test consistently. ...
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What is the difference between the Zohar Hakadosh, the Tikounei Zohar and the Zohar Hadash?

What is the difference between these 3 series of sefarim: the Zohar Hakadosh, the Tikounei Zohar and the Zohar Hadash? Also, what is the Matok Midevash in the Zohar?
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Demons and smoke

R. Kaduri used to smoke three times a day. At his old age, I wouldn't think that he did it for any other reason but to smoke. I've heard from a lecture by Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi that R. Kaduri was asked ...
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What are the five level of Neshama according to the Zohar

What are the five level of the Neshama for a Jew and the two level for a non-Jew according to the Zorah? What are their meaning? What is the source in the Zohar of this.
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How are we to understand Lurianic Kabbalah?

We believe that the Torah is eternal and never-changing. And yet, the Arizal brought quite a number of innovations to our religion. Although none really change halacha, they certainly do build upon ...
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Trimming or Shaving the Moustache

Are there any halachic or kabbalistic reasons to forbid (or avoid) trimming or shaving one's moustache? I am defining "shaving" as cutting until there is no visible hair remaining, and "trimming" as ...
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Is there really a distinct “Jewish soul”?

I have heard many times about Jews having a "special soul" or a "Jewish soul" - a soul which is either lacking and/or fundamentally different than that of non-Jews. However, the sources which are ...