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While Sefer Yetzirah does give a basic outline in creating a Golem(though arguably that is not the primary purpose of those parts), it does not give a specific formula. Much of that is relegated to the commentaries, and even there the procedure is patchy at best. The most detailed instructions can be found in the commentaries of Avraham Abulafia and an ...


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The main original source talking about the Golem was the Niflaos Maharal published in 1909. It claims to have been written by the son-in-law of the Maharal (R' Yitzchok Katz) and was kept in the library in Metz, until (after being in the hands of some middle-men) it was discovered by R' Yudel Rosenberg of Warsaw. R' Rosenberg claims that the Noda Biyehuda ...


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Chabad.org has an article by Yael Levine Katz about three women with connections to Tzfas (Safed) that either were kabbalists, or exhibited kabbalist-like characteristics. Francesa Sarah mentioned by R' Chaim Vital, was said to have had a maggid, or angelic tutor. Fioretta Modena Channah Rochel Werbemacher or "The Maiden of Ludmir" who gathered something ...


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Sorcery and witchcraft are explicitly forbidden by the Torah. Period. However, there are other methods of manipulating nature that do not fall into the category of "sorcery". For example, when a prophet or a tzaddik performs a miracle, they do it with G-d's implicit help and/or permission. Mystically, the difference between these two methods (sorcery and ...


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The Gemara writes: "Abaye said, 'The laws about sorcery parallel the laws of [forbidden labor] on Shabbos. Some of them [i.e., some acts, are punishable] by stoning; some of them [leave the perpetrator] exempt [from stoning,] but [are nonetheless] forbidden; and some of them [are] permissible in the first place....[Actions that are] permissible in the first ...


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The dispensation to practice Kabalah Maasis via Sefer Yetzira is codified in Shulchan Aruch (YD 179, based on Sanhedrin 57b). The Shach there (:18) quotes the Levush who states: [The reason this is permitted is because] they are Holy Names, and Hashem gave them the ability to be able to perform things through the pious and prophets. One who utilizes them ...


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Personally, I think that segulos are psychological aids. It's not that you bake a key in your challah and magically you somehow make more money. Rather, the baking of the key in the challah is supposed to be a symbolic gesture that will convey to you that all parnassah really comes from God. And once that becomes more clear to you, it will help your prayers, ...


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It would seem from the Rambam in Hilchot Avoda Zara Chapter 11 (Hebrew, English) that such practices are strictly forbidden and contrary to the spirit of Judaism. Here are some particularly relevant selections: It is forbidden to practice soothsaying as idolaters do, as [Leviticus 19:26] states: "Do not act as a soothsayer." What is meant by a ...


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Creating people through the use of Sefer Yetzira is mentioned in Gemora Sanhedrin 65b and Rashi there. It seems that common usage of the word "golem" refers to such a practice. In Rabbi Chaim Volozhin's introduction to "Sefer Dezniyusa" of the Gaon of Vilna he relates that the Gr"a told him that he had a very precise version of Sefer Yetzira to which R' ...


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found a rare audio by the famous kabalist Rabbi Yaakov Hillel see: http://audio.ohr.edu/track/id=521 there he says that such people DO exist, but one must be careful who to trust. He says "I can take you to arabs with such powers". He explains there the criteria for testing who is from the side of good and who is from the other side. Interestingly, I went ...


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The gemarah in sanhedrin 95a reads ...He then mounted his [sc. David's] mule and rode off, and the earth contracted under him. Whilst riding, he saw Orpah his [sc. Ishbi-benob's] mother spinning. On descrying him, she broke off [the thread of] the spindle and threw it [the spindle] at him, intending to kill him. Then she said, 'Young man, bring me the ...


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The uriv v'tumim was activated using the shem ha'meforash. See this post (relevant portion excerpted below). the activating element of the Urim VeTumim: So what exactly are the Urim VeTumim that were placed in the “Choshen”, and how was the High Priest thereby enabled to receive Divine Communications with regard to going to war, distributing land and ...


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I think you are referring to this: Pulsa Denurah The source and the sifrei kabbalah that describe it are the Seforim Sefer ha-Razim and Harba de-Moshe . I don't know three people there are a lot more not mentioned in the article either and cut off means Dead in most cases.


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The idea of being "cut off from its source" I believe is also related in Mesechet Chagiga (I think around 14a or so). When Rabbi Meir asked Acher to do teshuva, Acher related he was riding on a horse on Yom Kippur past a shul, where a voice emenated "All you come back to me, all except Acher", to which he took it to mean that he could never repent. ...


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Sefer yetsirah defenitely does play a big role in the aspect of the golem, but it is more than that. one would have to be a master of the entire pardes--(pshat remes drash and sod) to fully "create" as the great sages were. one would have to know the sod of the letters with a heart thats pure and have fear of heaven.


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The laws of damage are not restricted to an ox. The gemara in bava Kama extends them to several other animals explicitly and to all animals (and objects) based on certain commonalities, such as intention to harm or normalcy to harm. (Unlike the laws of kashrus which may depend on the biological source or nature of an animal.) So if this sefer yetzira ox has ...


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For a more contemporary example I would include Yemima Avital founder of the Yemima school. for an overview see this paper, particularly starting on page 199 for description of connection to kabbalah.


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That would depend at what kind of advice you're asking. I asked this question to one of my Rebbeim once, concerning a mekubal who undeniably had such powers, but who I had no reason to consider a Gadol or Tzaddik. I wasn't even sure whether he's a Talmid Chacham. What my Rebbi told me made a lot of sense. He said if one is simply going for a Bracha, go to an ...


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No, he isn't talking about prayer. He's talking about uses of Hashem's names that have definite effects, almost the way magical spells act. One example of this is when Moshe killed a mitzri by uttering a shem Hashem, name of Hashem, according to Rashi in Sh'mot 2:14. There are prayers composed by the meukbalim that include this use of names as an element ...



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