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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Why do we pray to be saved from Ayin Hara if we don't believe in it?

The Gemara says in Pesachim 110b כְּלָלָא דְמִילְּתָא כׇּל דְּקָפֵיד קָפְדִי בַּהֲדֵיהּ וּדְלָא קָפֵיד לָא קָפְדִי בַּהֲדֵיהּ וּמִיהוּ לְמֵיחַשׁ מִיבְּעֵי. The general rule is that anyone who is ...
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When is shabbos observed in the heavenly spheres? Israel time?

It says in the Zohar, volume 2, 135a-b that during shabbos "...Malchut is united within the mystery of Oneness so that the supernal mystery of Oneness may rest upon her. [This takes place during] ...
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What is the name of the book about Reincarnation (Gilgul) written by one of the Arizal students

The book consists about relating different lifes in the Torah. E.g: the couple Yossef and the Pharao's wife and Yoshua and Rachav are the same souls. The author is one of the Arizal's students.
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Beresheet 5:24 - What happened to Enokh?

In this genealogical chapter, in the portion enumerating the lineage from Metushelakh to Noakh, everyone gets an "and he died" except for Enokh, who gets an "and he was no longer, for ...
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Hagaddah with Kabbalistic incorporation

I'd like to view the Haggadah in light of Kabbalistic writings, such as the Zohar and subsequent works. Have there been any publications, whether in recent years or not, which cull together or explain ...
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Searching for a Compilation of Halachot and Minhagim Originating from the Zohar

The end of this article lists a selection of halachot sourced in the Zohar, Arizal or other kabbalistic writings. Are there any exhaustive compilations of such halachot and/or minhagim, specifically ...
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Looking for source of story about the Noda Beyehuda and the Baal Shem Tov

I'm looking for a source of a supposed conversation between the Node Beyehuda and the Baal Shem Tov regarding the reliablitiy of a mystical 'halachic sixth sense' in halacha. It involved the Baal Shem ...
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Is there a source connecting the spices of the temple incense to the various sefirot?

Does anyone know of a source or passage in Kabbalah or Hasidic literature that links the various spices for the Temple incense to the sefirot?
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Kislev and the letter Samech

I have seen somewhere that Kislev and the letter Samech are connected to each other. The sefer I saw it in, quoted the Likkutei Shas of the Arizal. Does anyone know what it says? And is there any ...
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Convert attached to another gilgul?

Someone just told me that a ger earns their Jewish status (on a kabbalistic level) by attaching themselves to a Jewish soul that has gone badly astray and needs to do a tikkun. By offering to do the ...
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Database of Gematria, Notarikon, and Temurah Findings

I have been aware of Gematria, but now just learned of Notarikon and Temurah. There is a cool twitter feed by the TilingBot on hyperbolic tessellations. It is essentially a database of all the types ...
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Tériel Tariel meaning and mythology

Good morning to all, Would you know if Tériel or Tariel has any meaning in Hebrew/Ancient Hebrew/Aramaic/Akkadian? And if there is any mythology attached to it? Maybe from the Zohar or Kabbalah as ...
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How does Ruach Hakodesh work?

Are there any sources in Seforim or other (reliable) sources that explain how Ruach Hakodesh works? There are a few questions on the forum here discussing how even regular people sometimes have these ...
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Which side of the sefirotic columns does daat lean towards?

I found in the gloss on Tanya, Iggeret HaKodesh, Epistle 12: "When Chesed does not insist (so to speak) on an unlimited revelation of kindness (but is satisfied to reveal the G‑dly illumination ...
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Greys “Aliens” mentioned in Kabala?

I have heard and even read (in Rav Zamir Cohen's book The Coming Revolution) that the most well known Alien phenotype, the "Greys" (who have large heads, large dark eyes, slits for noses, and very ...
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What is a dybbuk?

I heard that a dybbuk is kind of like a soul that came back from heaven and inhabits a body. 1. Does anyone have any more information that would make the concept easier to picture? 2. Is there a ...
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Were the Essenes considered apikorisim?

The ancient Essenes are known as being an highly Ascetic sect, with many Mystical and Monastical practices. In fact, Rav Aryeh Kaplan seems to imply that much of our Kabala actually originated from ...
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sfirot vesrus midot

Rav Menachem Mendel Mivitebsk wrote in Peri Hart's Bechukotay that the 10 words from which the world is created are linked to 10 occurrences of the word of G-d in Bereshit and there are the 10 sefirot....
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Practical Kabbalah saving lives

In a situation of pikuach nefesh (for one Jew or many Jews or even for a non Jew or many non Jews), if one knows how to utilize Kabbalah Masseios (Practical Kabbalah - Using Divine names for "...
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What is the origin of the “divine name” of דיקרנוסא

I noticed this kabbalistic holy name "דיקרנוסא" mentioned in the Amidah of a Edot haMizrach siddur in the extra supplications, and apparently it is not allowed to be pronounced. It sounds like it is ...
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In what sense does the Arizal claim that Rabbi Akiva was the reincarnation of Cain?

I'am an Italian noahide I read that in the Shaar HaGilgulim it is written that Rabbi Akiva was the reincarnation of Cain. As ignorant of Kabbalah, I cannot understand how the evil figure of Cain can ...
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Is there an analogy between the concept of “sefirot” and that of Hindu “devataas”? [closed]

I am an Italian noahide. I recently discovered that relevant rabbinic authorities have changed the traditional orientation of the Jewish position towards the Hindu faith, considered in the past to ...
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Any basis in Jewish tradition of crossing oneself as in the Christian 'sign of the cross' hand gesture? [closed]

Is there any Jewish tradition of crossing oneself as in the Christian 'sign of the cross' hand gesture? I'm aware of a crossover between Jewish tradition and other mystical traditions which involves ...
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Hashem's Ontology and the Sefirot

My question is, Hashem ontologically speaking, His Being, is a singular, yichud in all respects. So does this conception stop at Ein Sof, or even before Ein Sof? And once the ohr proceeds forth from ...
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10 types of angels

In Hilchot Yesodei Hatorah 2:7 Rambam says: שִׁנּוּי שְׁמוֹת הַמַּלְאָכִים עַל שֵׁם מַעֲלָתָם הוּא. וּלְפִיכָךְ נִקְרָאִים חַיּוֹת הַקֹּדֶשׁ וְהֵם לְמַעְלָה מִן הַכּל וְאוֹפַנִּים וְאֶרְאֶלִּים ...
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Is Gilgulei Neshamot ever mentioned in Shas?

I have heard that somewhere in Shas, there is a case of Gilgul neshama mentioned. Is there actually such a case, and where is this to be found?
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Did Rashi learn Kabbalah?

On Bereishis 27:27, Rashi makes the following comment: כריח שדה אשר ברכו ה'. שֶׁנָּתַן בּוֹ רֵיחַ טוֹב וְזֶהוּ שְׂדֵה תַּפּוּחִים, כָּךְ דָּרְשׁוּ רַזִ"לִ: The Artscroll Chumash Rashi set ...
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History of Kabbalah

Has anyone attempted to write a historical sketch of the history of the shalsheles HaKabbalah (which, in this instance, I use to refer to Toras HaSod)? In other words, what was megale to Moshe Rabbenu,...
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What is ‘Atika Kadisha’?

In פתיחת אליהו it mentions the עתיקא קדישא, which literally means the Ancient Holy One. Is that a name of HaShem or referring to something else?
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Which Books in English Go into Kabbalistic Depth of the Beit Hamikdash?

Looking for a reference book in English from the mekorot on every aspect of the Beit Hamikdash.
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Are there Orthodox Jews who do not consider the Zohar’s validity?

Knowing that the Kabbalistic movement started among the Sephardic Jews it spread to the Ashkenazim much later. Although the Hasidic movement is very Kabbalah oriented. Many important rabbis especially ...
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Ein Sof - Name or describes the Atzmuth?

I have read conflicting views on whether Ein Sof (אין סוף) is a name of G-d, like for instance Havaya, or it describes, so to say, the Atzmuth. For the Gra and the Ram'hal, it seems that Ein Sof is a ...
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Zohar's interpretation of Bereshit 1

The Zohar's interpretation of the words 'Bereshit bara Elohim', usually translated as 'In the beginning G-d created', seems not to understand the word Elohim to be the subject of the verb bara, but ...
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Does Judaism discourage inquiring after the dead? [closed]

My aunt has recently passed away suddenly. It is hard to believe. Although I am coming to understand more and more the meaning of her passing, I am still unsettled that HaShem has let this decree ...
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What can I do to help bring a refuah shlema to a relative in critical condition? [closed]

A family member just got into a car accident (please pray for the refuah shlemah of Tang Jing bas Huai Jun). She is in critical condition, having her head injured. What is the best thing I can do to ...
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Non-Jews reincarnating in Jews

I read in the name of (Ariz"l) some Kabbalistic books that Zimri Ben Salu was the reincarnation of Shechem ben Chamor that took Dina and the story of Bnot Moav is [allegorically] a repetition of the ...
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Naming your baby - does the name influence the child?

Inspired by this question: Is there any significance to the name you choose to give your child? Does the name have any influence over the child? Is there any reason to choose to name your son after ...
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Deceased individuals appearing after death

Inspired by this answer: Are there any documented stories of deceased people appearing after death to live people? [I am not looking for stories where someone dead appeared in a dream] The Gemara in ...
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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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