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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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Crying on Rosh Hashanah

When the Jews gathered at the water gate in Jerusalem on Rosh Hashanah to hear Ezra and the Levites read them the Torah, they cried. Hearing the Torah read and explained made them realize how far they ...
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What's the spiritual difference between the Temple vessels and the utensils?

For ease of reference, I'll refer to the main ten kli hamikdash as the vessels and the 93 klei sharet as the utensils. Per the Zohar, the ten vessels represent the ten sefirot: The Menorah - chesed ...
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Description of Sefirot from Zohar - source please

I heard a Rav say in a shiur that "the Zohar says that 'Hashem brought forth 10 sefirot and personalize/identified with them'". I would like to know where in the Zohar this is stated, if ...
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What's the connection between the yod's on the letter tzadik, the faces of Adam and chava, and the kruvim

I have heard but I cannot find any sources linking these concepts. The Shulchan Aruch HaRav mentions that the yod's on the letter tzadik are written upside down in ktav arizal; basically not facing ...
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Why does the Kabbalah believe that human sin creates demons?

According to this entry in Wikipedia: "In Kabbalah, demons are regarded a necessary part of the divine emanation in the material world and a byproduct of human sin (Qliphoth). After they are ...
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Info about Kabbalah text translators E. Collé and H. Collé

I want to read a good English translation of Etz Chaim by Chaim Vital. I found this one online by E. Collé and H. Collé. It appears to be scholarly, but I can't find amy information online about ...
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Book about the mystic meaning of Yom Kippur?

I’m trying to find a book about the mystic meaning for Yom Kippur, I believe the books title is something honey.
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Shalosh Klipos Hatme'os

What are the 3 tamei klipos, my question isn't what they are as a whole (what they represent), rather like a list, what are the three?
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Visions of false gods

How does Judaism and Kabbalah explain occurrences and visions of false gods like Jesus to Christians, Shiva to Hindus, Muhammad to Sufis in dreams, some of these like Jesus even appear to non-Jewish ...
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What is the purpose of all the candles around the dead body of a Rabbi before the levaya?

I saw the pictures of R' Shalom Cohen and the Gaavid and I am wondering.
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Spiritual meaning of different segmentations of the 613 Mitzvos

For the lovers of the spiritual and Gematrias. We can segment the number of Mitzvos in many different ways: positive (248) vs negative (365), Mitzvos specifically for men, women, or everyone Temple-...
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Where does the Ben Ish Hai speak about the spread of Kabbalah in Od Yosef Hai

I recall once hearing that the Ben Ish Hai in Od Yosef Hai proves that Kabbalah is true by showing that there are mysterious things in the world that can only be explained by Kabbalah. He also ...
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English Translation of Milhamoth Hashem by Yiḥyeh Qafiḥ

Milhamoth Hashem is Yiḥyeh Qafiḥ's controversial work, presenting his group's philosophy and questioning the authenticity of the Zohar and it's attribution to the sage R' Shimon bar Yohai. Is there an ...
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What do the Nephilim represent? [duplicate]

There are some underlying beliefs around Nephilim that migtht make people feel uncomfortable, but I think are applicable and a pattern of human behavior, in particular human sexual behavior, of which ...
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Where can one find the Sava and Yanuka in the Zohar?

I've heard of a section of Zohar that deals with a wunderkind who enlightened educated rabbis, and a section that deals with a wise old man. Where can I find it?
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Is all mankind suppose to reach the level of the Tzadick

In the cycle of reincarnation is every one to reincarnate until they reach the level of Tzadick or simply until they fulfill the Mitzvot?
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What is Judaism's take on Kabbalah? [closed]

I like to research religions and recently I started studying Kabbalah. They claim that they've unlocked the key to the "upper worlds" and a few more claims such as there's no satan, no free ...
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Non-Jewish G-dly Souls

Can the contrasting views of non-Jewish soul from Maimonides and from Kabbalah be reconciled? Maimonides is quite explicit that all human beings have the potential for a G-dly soul, which is manifest ...
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How could Haman be a gilgul of Eisav?

The Arizal in Sefer HaGilgulim ch. 35 says that Haman was a gilgul (reincarnation) of Eisav. How is that possible being that Eisav had the din (status) of an Yisroel meshumad (apostate Jew Kidushin ...
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Are there any midrashim that state Shechem and Dinah were in love or that it was consensual?

It is written in Bereshit that Shechem "defiled" Dinah, and all opinions I've learned agree that it was rape, but are there any that dissent? I wonder if "defiled" could also apply ...
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Can intercourse mean marriage even without any actual marriage?

If two people have intercourse, can it sometimes be considered that they are now married on some level, or in any sense? I don't remember the sources, but there is a concept that a man gives a part of ...
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Are the Sefiros round?

I heard from someone many years ago that that the Sefiros are round somehow. I was wondering if there are any authentic sources in kabalah? I realize they are not physical things but nevertheless is ...
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What zodiac system is used in Jewish horoscopes - sidereal or tropical?

The zodiac systems are repeatedly discussed in various Kabbalistic treatises, including the Sefer Yetzirah and the Zohar. However, what is the zodiac system there: tropical or sidereal? Tropical - the ...
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Why did Haman make both a lottery AND gallows to reach the 50th gate?

BH It says in the Maamer Al Kayn Karoo, 5750 that Haman [harasha] knew that according to Seder Histalshiloos, he would have no chance to [chos vishlom] win over the Yidden, since Seder Histalshiloos ...
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Question about Joseph the Righteous, Yoshke, and Capture and Enclothing by the Sitra Ahra

Still aspects unanswered, please see edit at bottom of post if interested. The book Divine and Demonic in the Poetic Mythology of the Zohar (p. 247) discusses the concept of the "Other side" ...
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There are at least 3 english translations of Sha'ar HaGilgulim with the same cover, but different page lengths and publishers. What's the difference?

Edit added at bottom of page. I have the one from Eichlers with 918 pages, but I noticed these others, and I am wondering if the one I own is missing chapters or pages of the translation that another ...
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What were the negative names of holy people in Tanakh, and vice versa?

Quoting from Chabad's articles on Sha'ar Gilgulim: God created a corresponding reality with respect to this as well. Therefore just as there is for a person a pre-determined name from the side of ...
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If the nations' ministers are all appointed by Hashem, why is it idol worship? [closed]

I apologize if this is a stupid question, but I was pondering it today and I hope you will find it as interesting as I do. Every Rabbinic opinion I've seen, although there are plenty I haven't of ...
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What are the best (english) texts for wordplay in commentaries? Ie, concordance. Also, that include mystical interpretations from multiple Rabbis? [closed]

In Tanakh specific to the first levels of pardes, every word has a meaning, and many Rabbinic teachings in "oral Torah" associated with those meanings. However, with Kabbalistic ...
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Basis for Hassidut

Is hassidut based on the canonical Jewish texts (Tanakh, Mishna, Midrash, Gemara)? What is its basis? In other words, how do we know that hassidut has divine roots and presents us with ontological ...
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Hassidut for Non-Mystics

I have difficulty connecting to mysticism. Can anyone recommend a hassidic thinker or a work of Hassidut that would be appealing to someone who is not into mysticism?
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Question about reincarnation

I once heard a Rabbi recount a story of the Baal Shem Tov. A student of the Baal Shem Tov witnessed a rich man leave some money in an area, a poor man found it and took it. The student asked the Baal ...
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Jewish Mysticism/Kabbalah - Separation of souls from Hashem good, bad, or neither? [closed]

This is an except from G.K. Chesterton's "Romance of Orthodoxy". Chesterton was a English writer, philosopher, lay theologian, and argues that Buddhism and the Theosophical concept of one ...
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According to Halacha, are there rules for practicing celibacy, living a life as a monk or nun? Or is it simply prohibited? [duplicate]

Having children (or being "fruitful") is considered the first mitzvah and commandment, and is considered an "obligation" according to Halacha - but are there any rules for those ...
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melech lemech klum - What is the source? מלך למך כלם

What is the source of this abbreviation? melech is an acronym for: m = moach (brain), l = lev (heart), k = kaved (liver) if a person is as he should be, so he is melech (king) [brain rules], if a ...
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Black Raven bad luck?

There is a Jewish Bukharin custom to consider a black Raven going next to you a sign of bad luck (someone in the family will be the opposite of life rh"l). Is this a non-Jewish superstition? Or a ...
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No gentiles in gehinnom?

I was listening to a discussion, and the Rabbi said that some of the sages had the opinion, that non Jews do not enter gehinnom. This is the second time I have heard this. My question is as follows. ...
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Sex in the world to come

I was reading Minhat Yehuda. In the book, the Tzadik Rabbi Yehuda Fatiya asks the destroying angels what they are like. The angels mentioned things like how they ate manna, had kids, died, etc. So my ...
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Remote Viewing and Judaism

I’m fascinated to know if there are any kabbalistic ideas and/or aggadic references in chazalic literature that refer to or discusses the idea of “remote viewing” ( the practice of seeking impressions ...
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How do certain Hassidic rebbes/mekubalim read palms and fortune tell? [closed]

I'm asking this as a skeptic who doesn't believe in palm reading, ESP or the mystical. Many orthodox Jews (I know several of them) visit Chassidic rebbes and mekubalim for palm reading and/or fortune-...
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Who made this claim about the author of Sefer Habahir?

Asking for someone else: "I remember a quote of some medieval or later rabbi disputing the claim that Rabbi Nechunya [ben Hakanah] wrote the Sefer HaBahir, saying something like god forbid that a ...
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What is said about wearing a Tallit Katan night?

Many questions here have been centered on the halachot if wearing a Tallit katan at night. My question take a a different approach. I have heard that Kabbalah speaks about the benefit of wearing a ...
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What is my Zodiac sign? [closed]

I was born on the 25 of Tishrei 1981 at approx. 5:30 PM. According to most secular astrologers I am considered to be a Libra/Scorpio cusp sun sign (Oct. 19-25). Tishrei is considered the month of ...
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How do Jews discern genuine spiritual experiences from hallucinations?

When believers appeal to their private spiritual experiences to argue for their faith, skeptics typically respond by dismissing their stories entirely, conjecturing that these are more likely cases of ...
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From where do we get the birthplace of R Nehunia Ben Hakana?

According to Aryeh Kaplan in his introduction to the Bahir, R Nehunia Ben Hakana is from Ammaus (Emmaus). This is also indicated on the Jewish Virtual Encyclopedia and Wikipedia. None of these sources ...
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Was there an opposition to Arizal?

There was a big conflict about the Hashkafa of Rambam. But it seems that there was nothing to contradict the Arizal, as if everybody agreed with the fact that he learned with Elyahu, and so him being ...
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After death, does one experience the company of his loved ones in heaven?

Please provide sources, preferably kabbalistic.
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What is the occupation of the soul, Jewish and non-Jewish, in the months prior to birth?

After reading an interesting scientific article concerning how mammals apparently dream prior to birth, it reminded me of Rabbi Simlai in Niddah 30b discussing how each Jewish soul learns the entire ...
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Thirty two pairs of letters from Adam to Terach

I'm reading in the Zohar on Shir Hashirim 64 that there are thirty-two sets of the alphabet advanced until Israel stood at Mount Sinai. Basically, all the first and final letters of the names of main ...
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Looking for the source that connects the days of the week to the sefirot

I found a picture of it, but I absolutely cannot find the title. I remember reading about certain months correlating to din, some rachamim, the rest judgment is pending. So, I'm hoping this book has ...
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