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Aug 27 '15 at 13:01 comment added Clarus Dignus @Shalom I can appreciate the contextual superficiality of a Western, pop-cultural, dilution of a legitimate body of gnosis. Can Kabbalah not be understood by bypassing the seemingly prerequisite submission to the doctrines of contemporary organised religions? It is my concern that much of the doctrine of man, in all his pettiness and misgivings, has come to be confused with the unadulterated doctrine of G-d. e.g. In studying man's inception, I curtail my research to Ancient Babylon, the Sumerians and the Epic of Gilgamesh rather than the prediluvian accounts of the Old Testament.
Aug 27 '15 at 12:50 comment added Clarus Dignus @Daniel I feared as much. I imagine a litany of convoluted interpolations, disinformation and perhaps even counter-intelligence exists on the subject matter of Kabbalah. Much of it seems unashamedly meshed with new age ideologies. I feel innately drawn towards the esoteric practices of the occult system of Kabbalah (and alchemy incidentally). As abstract as this may sound, I sense at the core of my being that Kabbalistic teachings pave the path towards my transcending of my earthbound corporeal form and coming to know myself through simultaneously knowing G-d. I feel as if it's an imperative.
Aug 27 '15 at 12:46 comment added Shalom @ClarusDignus what Daniel said. Rabbi Adin Shteinzaltz (who has mastered the traditional Jewish corpus, e.g. the Talmud, and then classical sources of kabbala, e.g. the Zohar) has commented: "today's pop kabbala is to religion what pornography is to love."
Aug 27 '15 at 11:57 comment added Daniel @ClarusDignus Kabbalah iscertainly not considered the apex of Judaism. It does have some importance although most Jews never study it in depth. Traditionally, Kabbalah was something that was not even touched until one had a very near complete mastery of the more fundamental parts of Judaism. In modern times, it has become common to teach a corrupted version of Kabbalah that is supposedly "independent" of Judaism to non-Jews and irreligious Jews. That Kabbalah has nothing to do with Judaism and at worst, is a complete scam. The red string thing is also at best a superstition and at worst a scam
Aug 27 '15 at 11:33 comment added Clarus Dignus Thank you for sharing your wisdom, particularly so for introducing me to the moral of Gedaliah's imprudence. Where in the spectrum of Judaism does the red string precept reside? Is it but a fringe superstition? Furthermore, is Kabbalah not considered to be the apex of Judaism? I ask these two questions in direct response to the first line of your answer. Can you exposit, with specificity, why you're so quick and unequivocal in dismissing both practices? I'm not challenging your reasoning; I merely wish to understand it.
Aug 27 '15 at 0:44 history answered Shalom CC BY-SA 3.0