Questions tagged [mysticism-kabbalah]

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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Kavanoth in prayer: personal or not?

I am not a student of kabbalah, however I have a fundamental question about prayer with kavanoth (and in fact prayer in general, assuming that the effect of kavanoth is there even when one does not ...
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Warnings of R. Chaim Vital

I read in related questions that R. 'Haim Vital lists in his introduction to Ets 'Haim 20 conditions regarding whether one is fit to learn pnimiut. However, I cannot find such a list in the book ...
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Is there a documented Kabbalistic idea behind the 80/20 who stayed/and left Bavel and Mitzrayim?

According to Chazal we have this 80/20 phenomenon in Bavel and Mitzrayim, or in other words, only 1 in 5 came out. What is the reason for this ratio in Kabbalistic reasons and it seems to be repeating ...
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Is the author of the Shu“t HaRidvaz the same one as the one known to be the rebbe of the Ariza”l?

I've heard that the Ariza"l was a talmid of the Ridvaz. I am wondering if it is the same person who authored the Shu"t HaRidvaz as I find that interesting since he seems to be someone that devoted his ...
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Where to start learning kabbalah

Granted one needs to have a good background in the Talmud, Halacha and Tanach, where does one start to learn Kabbalah after mastering the things stated above?
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Origin of counting Omer according to the Sephirot?

What is the origin of the association of each day of the Omer with a particular pair of Sephirot (Hesed sh'b'Hesed, etc.)? I'm looking for the earliest textual mentions.
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Hebrew Letters and corresponding body parts

When I was a little child, I remember being taught that each of the Hebrew letters had a corresponding body part. I am sure I learned what they were at the time, but I've long forgotten most of them. ...
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What does it mean to create artificial animals from Sefer Yetzirah?

Could someone please explain this quote: The brothers would use the secrets of Sefer Yetzirah to create artifical animals and women (golems). I am not Jewish but would like to have an ...
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Are there still anti-Kabbalah Orthodox Jewish movements?

Throughout history, there were Orthodox Jewish Rabbis who were against Kabbalah, the doctrine of reincarnation, etc. Are there still today Jewish movements that are anti-Kabbalah?
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Aurora Borealis in Midrashim

We see many fascinating works of Hashem around the world and one of which is Aurora Borealis. Do our midrashim or books on mysticism have anything to say about its origin or anything related to it?
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Introductory seforim for learning Kabbalah

Are there any seforim which serve as an introduction to learning Kabbalah? These seforim, I imagine, would give the basic terms and ideas of Kabbalah along with some explanation for the novice learner....
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Colours for months

According inner.org, each month of the year has a corresponding colour to it. This does not seem to be in Sefer Yetzirah. What is the source for this and what is the significance with regards to each ...
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Where is Olam HaPirud? And what are the forces therein?

I see this world mentioned vaguely but I can't find where Olam HaPirud/Peyrud/Peirud or alma de-peruda is located in the hishtalshelut. I read today's Tanya: such service remains below in this “...
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Divine Name of Ehy-eh Asher Ehy-eh

Shemot 3:14 speaks about one of the name of Hashem called Eh-yeh Asher Eh-yeh. How does this name go along with the redemtion from egypt? Why specifically this name is used?
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The reverse name YHWH not for Adar?

As most of us know, each month has a combination of the holy name YHWH - that's 3 letters YHW times 4 places gives 12 combinations. It is intended to be kept in mind while saying the Brocho of Musaf ...
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Does Satan have 12 wings?

Someone told me that according to Pirke de Rabbi Eliezer, Satan has 12 wings. Is it true? The tanakh doesn't say anything about Satan's look then where does it come from?
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Need help in deciphering a Litvish term regarding Yichud Hashem

I have listening to shiurim of R'Kessin, regarding the Yichud of HKB"H (Ramchal). He uses a couple of terms I need to transliterate so I can do further research. Phonetically: Yichud "shli tusoy" --...
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Do Karaites have the Kabbalah?

When studying the Kabbalah it is clear that the tradition of its wisdom did not start at Mount Sinai but dates back to the creation of the world (a hint here): וכתוב בשער הספר כי המלאך רזיאל מסר את ...
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5 or 6 - Written vs Oral Torah (Z"A vs Malchus)

This question is intended only for those familiar with some basic Kabbalistic concepts. As we know (from יהו"ה), that ו (Vav, number 6) stands for Z"A (masculine) and ה (He, number 5) stands for ...
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Rashbi and Talking in Shul

In this video, Rav Gamliel Rabinovitch shlita says that Rasbhi writes that one who speaks during davening is a kofer b'elokei yisrael. On this, I have two questions. 1) Where is this source from ...
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Practical Kabbalah

Amongst us are many such charlatans, that can read your mind and know your soul's essence. My question is, how? How do these "people" know how to do such holy acts!? Is there a book that teaches a ...
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Can one see an angel?

Are there any sources saying how one can see or call an angel?
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The Kabbalistic aspect of Gemara Rashi, Tosfos

Are there any sources that talk about the Kabbalistic aspect of Gemara Rashi Tosfos? The effect it has in ones life and the upper worlds?
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What are the seven wisdoms? [closed]

I've read several biographies where the author will say that "this person was an expert in the seven wisdoms". Well, I'd like to know if any of y'all can help me out by explaining to me what are these ...
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Machloket about the goal of the creation

The book Mishnat Chasidim from Rabbi Emanuel Chy Ricchi, begins by a presentation of the project of creation. He gives two reasons, for Ish Yare (man who fears God): To make known His perfection, To ...
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Is there a chashash of sheidim with liquids other than water?

There are many people who spill out water (at least in chassidic circles) before drinking it based off of a statement in Gemoro Brochos if I remember correctly that says water left uncovered gains a ...
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Will Olam Haba eventually end?

I heard a while back that according to the kabalists, there is a big dispute whether Olam Haba is forever or whether it will eventually end and all the souls will cease to exist as hinted in the verse ...
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Ma'ase Merkava inside Rambam's 'The Basics of the Torah'

Rambam Yesodey HaTorah 2 wrote: "דְּבָרִים אֵלּוּ שֶׁאָמַרְנוּ בְּעִנְיָן זֶה בִּשְׁנֵי פְּרָקִים אֵלּוּ כְּמוֹ טִפָּה מִן הַיָּם הֵם מִמַּה שֶּׁצָּרִיךְ לְבָאֵר בְּעִנְיָן זֶה. וּבֵאוּר כָּל ...
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Is there a spiritual significance to the fact one of the most heavily Jewish neighborhoods in NYC is “Crown” Heights?

This may seem like a strange question but I was curious if there was any religious significance to this. Possibly, Jews following the opinion of a Rabbi who saw the name as signifying a place of ...
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Is there no word for objects/'things' in Hebrew aside from referring to things as 'words'?

I read the following passage and wonder about the first couple of sentences, which are pretty practical and I wonder if they're 'empirically' true. In common Hebrew language, how are 'things' referred ...
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Women and the 248 words in Shema

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 61:3) brings from the Zohar that there are 245 words in the three paragraphs of the Shema that we say. Since there are 248 limbs in a person's body, the SA and the Rema provide ...
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What blessing does one make on non-kosher food? [duplicate]

Is a blessing made on non-kosher food that one is normally forbidden (אסור) to eat when one is in an exceptional circumstance? (like for example, starving and without other food) The food becomes ...
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“The Sophisticate and the Simpleton” story by Rabbi Nachman- where is the earliest mention of “the Devil” in Jewish Literature?

In his story The Sophisticate and the Simpleton Rabbi Nachman mentions the Devil (Source from Wikisource) Meanwhile someone came and said, "The Devil [Yid. Toivl, Heb. Azazel] has sent for you [...
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Why is Kabbalah sometimes referred to as “derech ha'emes”?

The Ramban (and others) often refer to pshatim that are of kabbalistic nature as being al derech ha'emes. Here is one example from Vayikra 23:36: ועל דרך האמת כי ששת ימים עשה ה' את השמים ואת הארץ (...
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First usage of golem to refer to a man-made humanoid

There's a famous folk tale that the Maharal created a golem, some sort of human shaped creature. The tale has it that he created it using practical Kabbalah. The gemarra even describes amoraim ...
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Can a sin be completely cleaned?

If a person does a sin, is it possible to completely clean it in the spiritual and physical worlds as it never happened and fix all the damages it caused? What are the sources that prove that? Are ...
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They could change nature and predict nature, but could not explain it

In contrast to the secularist position that the physical world is ours by right, whereas the spiritual world is hidden/inaccessible, the Jewish and generally religious position seems to be that Gd ...
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Were the spiritual worlds created (sources)?

I was told the spiritual worlds are above time, does that mean they always existed? What does it mean that on some level they do not experience any change? Sources please.
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Origin of the minhag to hold the kiddush cup in one's palm

There is a minhag which many have while reciting kiddush which is to hold the kiddush cup in the palm of the hand, with the fingers pointing upward without touching the cup. I have heard two ...
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What is the history and origin of the Etz Chayim symbol and the 10 Sefiroth?

This question is related to the question 'what is the origin of the Hebrew language?' since Hebrew is a key part of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. However, the question of Hebrew language origins seems ...
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According to Kabbalah is it okay to have a pet dove?

I want to buy a dove but my parents say that they heard that according to Kabbalah you cannot own a bird as a pet. I want to know what Kabbalah says about this.
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If we can't understand G-d at all, why do our sources try?

I have for a long time been been confused and dismayed that, although our sources -- including kabbalistic ones -- acknowledge frequently, emphatically, and without limitation that לית מחשבה תפיסא בך ...
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Picture by R' Aryeh Kaplan on the front cover of the Aryeh Kaplan Reader

Hello does anyone know of anyone I could contact or where I could look with regard to an explanation of the painting on the front of the Aryeh Kaplan Reader by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan himself?
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Zohar about the 18-19th century [duplicate]

I saw a quote one time--I believe it was in an Artscroll sefer--from the Zohar about how there would be tremendous spiritual and cultural revelations that would occur around the 18th-19th centuries. (...
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Position of Tefillin Shel Rosh

Why is it that we wear our tefillin specifically above our hairline? Is there any special reason for that part of the head? I recently heard the answer from a Rabbi however I couldn't recall. I am ...
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Talk to me about din

We always hear about din vs. rachamim, which got me thinking: If rachamim is made up of chesed and gevurah, then what are the components of din? I find it interesting or else inexplicable that the ...
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What is the earliest mention of the Zohar being explicitly cited in Jewish Literature?

What is the earliest mention of the Zohar being explicitly cited in Jewish texts? I've asked some friends but we were unable to determine where it was.
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Practical Kabbalah consequences

I remember hearing that there was a rabbi that used practical kabbalah with his disciples to fight SM' + LL', but I cannot remember his name. Arizal has prohibited it, right? I remember that he gave ...
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Water is Chesed

I read somewhere that "according to the kabala, water represents Chesed (kindness)". Any one know a source for this, and what that means in layman's terms?
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What is klipa (kabbala)

In kabala/chassidus Klipa translated as a shell, (i think it is used as a name of the source of evil) That is the etymology of the word? Why is the word shell used? It is somthing in it? (what?) or ...