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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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Is there a video or audio lesson explaining the Mittler Rebbe's Sharei Emunah?

BH Does anyone know if there a video or audio lesson explaining the Mittler Rebbe's Sharei Emunah, the first book in Torah Mitzvah Ve Torah Or?
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What is the dividing line between a segulah and nichush

The Torah in Leviticus 19:26 prohibits the following of omens, also known as issur nichush. I am curious what the dividing line between a Segulah, which are kabbalistic charms or signs of certain ...
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Does Kabbalah really teach this?

Israel Shahak in his book Jewish History, Jewish Religion: the Weight of Three Thousand Years claims that the majority of Orthodox Jews believe the following quotation. He does not give sources for ...
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Who is continuing the Vilna Gaon's tradition today in Israel?

The Vilna Gaon sent all his students to Israel to help with the redemption. However the Vilna Gaon was a major Kabbalist and the "Haredi" people I meet in Israel today are not. Also the ...
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Who where these commentaries of the book chovot Halevavot?

BH Who where these comentaries Pat Lechem, Marpe La Nefesh, and Tov Halevanon? And is Tov Halevanon the same as Lev Tov on Chovot Halevavot? Also heard there is also Nedar Bakodesh on Chavot Halevavot ...
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Why no Avinu Malkeinu on Hoshanah Rabbah

According to traditional kabbalah, Hoshanah Rabbah is analogous to Yom Kippur in the sense of being a day of final judgment for the year, my question is why isn’t Avinu Malkeinu part of the Hoshanah ...
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B'nei Yisroel: if sunken to the 50th level of tumah, beyond redemption

The Kedushas Levi explains (Shemos, Parshas Bo 14) that if the Jewish people sunk one more rung in impurity, they would have been beyond redemption: ‎When the Jewish people left Egypt in great haste, ...
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Is it true the Ari said that if there is hate of one scholar to another it's because they're from the same shoresh?

Is it true that the Ari said that if there is hate from two talmidei chachamim this is because they're from the same shoresh neshama?
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Reading "Shigyonot" as insanity - Ramak Or Ne'erav

ג) ומתעסק במעשה מרכבה, מי אמר לו, אלימא משום שגיונות לימא שאר מילי אורייתא שגם בהם שייך שגגה: https://www.sefaria.org/Or_Neerav,_PART_I_4.15 In this section of אור נערב the רמק goes back and forth on ...
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Would Torah consider kundalini awakening as Avoda Zara or is there a kosher equivilant that can be found in Jewish mysticism also?

BH Is kundalini awakening considered Avoda Zara or is there a kosher equivalent that can be found in Jewish mysticism also?
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What is the definition of "will" in Judaism?

I am trying to understand Keter (crown) from the Sefirot, and it keeps talking about "G-d's Will". But no formal or mathematical definition is given of "will". I am looking for ...
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Did Korach and friends sin in the Golden Calf?

There is a tradition in קבלה that קרח was secretly righteous and will come back in the end times and rise up. (They are not clear exactly about what he will do). I am wondering if part of what ...
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Is there an English Translation available of the Maamer Nefesh HaShfeilah by the Alter Rebbe?

BH Is there an English Translation available of the Maamer Nefesh HaShfeilah by the Alter Rebbe available online?
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Do you have any source about the connection between אגג and גוג or גוג ומגוג?

I was listening to a shiur that made a very interesting connection between Agag, Homon and the whole Purim story. The rov didn't go as deep as I hoped he would in relation to Agag, and I was wondering ...
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What is Omek Rom and omek Tachat in Chassidus

BH What is omek Rom and omek tachat in Chassidus how are both connected?
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Is there a Halacha that says that you shouldn’t stretch in public?

BH Is there a consept in Halacha that says that a person shouldn't stretch in public(ie. to keep it together in public)
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Urim and Thumim

I am currently researching the topic of Urim and Thumim and have two questions, maybe someone can help me or suggest sources: There are 72 letters on the Ephod (50 for the 12 tribes plus Avraham ...
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What part of the souls receives pleasure when saying a Bracha on smelling?

BH What part of the souls receives pleasure when smelling something?(Ie. Nefesh Ruach Neshama Chaya Yechida? And is it the part in the NRNChY of the Nefesh Elokit? or is it the NRNChY of the natural ...
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Mikva Erev Shabbat (for men) - looking for a detailed work on this practice

I would like to learn everything there is to learn about the practice of men going to mikva (immersing one's body in a ritual pool) on erev shabbat (Friday afternoon). I am not looking for a sif katan ...
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How did the early Kabbalists reconcile the belief in sefirot with the absolute unity of God?

It's possible the question has already been asked here, but wasn't able to find. So please excuse me for posting this again. The early Jewish philosophers/thinkers (Saadia, Ramabam, Bachya Ibn Pakuda ...
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The Plague of Darkness and the Light that rectified it

The Maharal of Prague (Gevuros Hashem, 57) famously explains that the ten plagues in Mitzrayim, correspond to the ten utterances of G-d with which the world and the heavens were created. The Shem ...
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Hashkafic reasons for not teaching secular topics

What are hashkafic reasons that some Jewish schools not teach secular science and only focus on religious education, when there are doctrines in Kabbalah about the natural universe being ...
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How can He reign over no subjects? [אדון עולם אשר מלך בטרם כל יצור נברא]

אדון עולם אשר מלך בטרם כל יצור How can He have "reigned" over no one? Shouldn't another term have been used? אין מלך בלא עם ! (I'd also like to hear an explanation from Chassidus.) Possible ...
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How should a Jew deal with a haunting?

I know that the historical view on ghosts in Judaism is mixed. That being said, there does exists a belief in certain types of Ashkenazi folklore regarding a dybbuk. The belief is these being spirits ...
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Basic Kabbalah books for kids

I'm looking for children's books that teach basic Kabbalah concepts in a simple way. Preferably with illustrations and stories. EDIT: For all the discussion in the comments, remember that I am asking ...
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Kabbalistic concepts taught in an allegorical story

Looking for a book filled with stories (real or allegorical) which implicitly teach different Kabalistic concepts and how they're applied/relevant to different situations. Something like a Kabbalistic ...
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Where do our thoughts come from? [closed]

Source: https://nehoraschool.com/are-our-thoughts-ours/ Are there any torah or talmudic sources for the statements in this article here?: Rabbi Yehuda Leib Ashlag, the great master Kabbalist, teaches ...
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Did Ramban ever cite kabbalah books?

Is there any evidence Ramban (Nachmanides) had access to books of kabbalah and did he ever cite them? I believe he is generally seen as Maimonides’ mystical counterpart. Is there any historical record ...
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Source for winding retzuos around the finger 3 times

Rambam writes (tefilin 3:12): וְאֹרֶךְ רְצוּעָה שֶׁלַּיָּד - כְּדֵי שֶׁתַּקִּיף אֶת הַזְּרוֹעַ וְיִקְשֹׁר מִמֶּנָּה הַקֶּשֶׁר, וְתִמָּתַח רְצוּעָה אַחַת עַד אֶצְבַּע אֶמְצָעִית, וְיִכְרֹךְ מִמֶּנָּה ...
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Heter for "saying tehilim"

Rambam writes (avodah zarah 11:12): הַלּוֹחֵשׁ עַל הַמַּכָּה וְקוֹרֵא פָּסוּק מִן הַתּוֹרָה, וְכֵן הַקּוֹרֵא עַל הַתִּינוֹק שֶׁלֹּא יִבָּעֵת, הַמַּנִּיחַ סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה אוֹ תְּפִלִּין עַל הַקָּטָן ...
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Washing hands in the morning/Wrapping hand tefilin according to Rambam

I'm curious as to communities (or even individuals) that follow Rambam w/o any zoharic or kabbalistic influence (e.g. R Y. Kapach/Kafih/Qafih's if it isn't already extinct), how do they wash their ...
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Parshas Vayechi: The impurity of Philistim

The Shivlei Pinches (Parshas Vayechi, 5774) shares an incredible idea about the spiritual impurity/kelipah of the Philistim (Hebrew here). The Shivlei Pinches explains, regarding Shimshon HaGibor, ...
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When did the Zohar become near universally accepted

In Jewish history, when did the Zohar become the near universally accepted Sefer it is today? Was it shortly after it was re circulated by Moshe de Leon? Or was it in a later century? What is the ...
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Sha'arei Orah - Self-Contradictory?

Sha'arei Orah (Gates of Light) is a book by Rabbi Joseph Gikatilla. It is a book of kabbalah and features an in-depth discussions on the attributes of each sefirah. However, many of its statements (at ...
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Are there more sources which say "foreign thoughts" are harmless if they are not "yours"?

I have found here in the אגרא דכלה https://www.sefaria.org/Agra_DeKala,_Re'eh.14 that if there is no intention behind a foreign thought you are not to push it away but rather elevate it. I have some ...
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Why do we shake our tzitzit after kiddush levana? [duplicate]

I have just said Kiddush Levanah and was told that i should shake my Tzitzit immediately afterwards...are there any specific Kabbalistic reasons for this?
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Does the Kabbalah explain why David’s sin affected his children

I believe Rashi said in 2 Samuel 12 that due to David’s sin the king lost many children. Why, according to Kabbalah, did David's sin have this affect on his children?
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Reincarnation as animals

One of the doctrines of Lurianic Kabbalah is the notion of reincarnation. My question is if it is possible to reincarnate as an animal when you die as a human?
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Hanging pictures of living people

Did anyone ever hear of not putting up pictures of people that are still alive in their house?
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Can a person's soul reincarnate into multiple bodies simultaneously?

Is it possible that a soul of some person, say John, reincarnates into multiple bodies but those bodies are all alive in the same period, so they are all alive in the same year, etc. or is this only ...
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Sources for Halachic opinions influenced by kabbalah

Is there a source (like a book, website, etc.) that has a list of halachic opinions/rulings based on kabbalah and/or the Zohar? I’m asking because I am looking more into Halachic methodology and I ...
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Kabbalah/chasidus explanations of theodicy

Are there any kabbalistic or hasidic explanations given to the question of theodicy? Beyond “rational”/philosophical explanations, are there any mystical reasons given to why bad things happen? If so, ...
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Is, וישע ויט ויבו from Exodus, the only three consecutive three verse that can be intersplayed a la the 72 Letter Name from Exodus [closed]

As is known, the three verses And the Cloud rolled.. And Moses raised His Hand... And the Pillar touched down between.. from Exodus. Are intersplayed and that's what makes up the 72 Letter Name. Like ...
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The Sh’ma in kabbalah and chasiduss

Are there any kabbalistic and Hasidic interpretations or meanings given to the Sh’ma? If so, what are they? Preferably both kabbalah and chasiduss references
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What does it mean you are where you think you are

BH I heard and correct me if I’m wrong, that the Baal Shem Tov said that you are where you think you are so if you're thinking about inyanim of Atzilut you there, even though - correct me if I’m wrong ...
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Are we supposed to live in the matrix?

Rabbeinu Bachaya, while discussing why Hashem requires us to work so hard for our livelihood and in our service of Him says in Shaar Habitachon ch. 4: והיה מחמלת הבורא יתעלה על האדם שהטרידו בעניני ...
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What are klipos that rest on your body when you're asleep?

BH I heard that there are klipos that rest on your body when you're asleep, and when you wake up they jump to the nails on your hands, and that’s why you need to wash your hands in the mornings. Are ...
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What do colors represent in Chassidus and Kabbalah

BH Is there a more deeper explanation to colors in Chassidus and Kabbalah? Like hidden meanings of different colors or more higher explanation of them in Seder hishtalshelut or in the spiritual levels?...
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ניצוץ, סוד, גלגול, שורש Whats the difference?

There is a running theme comparing Mordechai to Moshe, the message is usually the same but the phrases found in kabbalistic works often use slightly different words such as Yaaros Devash מרדכי גלגול ...
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What does "shoresh neshama" mean

BH I heard the concept called "shoresh neshama" that every person has. Is this the same as your reincarnation?
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