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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Source that indicates which Sefira corresponds to which persona

The Ten Sefiros can be correlated to people in Tanach. For example, Avraham is Chesed, Yitzchok is Gevurah, Moshe is Netzach, etc. I'm looking for an early source which lays out these correlations. ...
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How could Aharon stand inside the Mishkan

According to the position in the gemara in Shabbos :צב that all of the leviim (includes cohanim) were 10 amos tall, how could Aaron or Moshe fit in the Ohel Moed (10 Amos tall as well, see parshas ...
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Do the sages/mystics endorse the idea that some prayers are more powerful when spoken by individuals of piety or righteousness?

Prayer is a powerful tool. That being said, are tools more powerful when in the hands of someone who knows how to best use them? My question is does there exist an inequality in prayer power. Does a ...
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Who says Moshe sinned for killing the Egyptian and why

The Be'er Yosef in Parshas Masei quotes the Arizal's Shaar HaMitzvos parshas Shoftim as follows: ‏ ...הרג את המצרי שהוא קין, היה שוגג, כי הוא חשב שהדין עמו על שהרג הבל, ולכן הרגו בשם המפורש כדי ...
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The Noam Elimelech on a “Tzaddik with wings”

Disclaimer: The following is very Kabbalah heavy, so obviously there is much to be understood with what is understood in that respect. My question primarily stems from locating a source. The Noam ...
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Was Eliezer a tzaddik or a rasha?

Derech Eretz Zuta (1:5) says that Eliezer, the servant of Avraham, was one of the people to have entered Gan Eden alive, while in Pirkei D'Rabbi Eliezer (16:14) we are told Eliezer is the same person ...
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How are things such as evil eyes/dark attachments/evil handled in Jewish tradition?

While the topic isn't discussed heavily in modern Judaism (outside of the evil inclination) the idea that there are dark forces which can negatively impact and overwhelm individuals is a very real ...
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שובבים and Taharas Hamishpacha

As we begin the weeks of Shovavim (the upcoming 6 parshiyos, Shemos through Mishpatim), many of us will notice signs going up all around us for improvement in keeping the Halachos of Niddah ("Taharas ...
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Significance of the numbers 3 and 7 in the story of Lavan

What is the significance of the numbers 3 times 7 in the story of Lavan other than that Yaakov worked for Lavan for (almost) 3 times 7 years? Do these numbers have significance elsewhere that can be ...
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Sur meRah Mission

What does Sur meRah mean (sources please) in the context of Al Berko's answer to Why did Ya'akov work for Lavan for so long?? Associated: Why would Yaakov need to go looking for the Lavan in "...
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Stealing of Beracha/Mission

Al Berko in Why did Ya'akov work for Lavan for so long? claimed that "If you remember, he stole Eisov's Brochos, and therefore, Eisov's mission in this world." What does "stealing ...
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Sefer of Kabbalistic sources of the mitzvots

I am looking for a book, in English, that elucidates the kabbalistic reasons for the mitzvos.
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Munn in the World to Come

The Rema in OC Simman 242 brings a minhag to eat "pashtidah" shabbos night in memory of the munn. The Beur Halacha is very bothered why one would do such a thing on shabbos, given that the munn ...
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Dovid got lifespan from Adam and/or the Avos

I think it's pretty well known that there's an idea that 70 years from Adam's life were given to Dovid Hamelech, which is why he lived to 930 and not 1000. A source that I found for this is Zohar ...
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Source of the lost letter shin?

I read here that in Kabbalistic tradition the four pronged shin (such as that on the tefillin) was once part of the Hebrew Alphabet but was lost, but I was not able to find a source for this tradition....
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Does Eternal Gehinnom (i.e. Eternal Judgment leading to Eternal Punishment) negate the concept of Reincarnation?

Where is there a rabbinic discussion of whether eternal Gehinnom (i.e. eternal judgment leading to eternal punishment) negates the concept of Reincarnation? (Because the concept of reincarnation, if ...
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Do we get to be with our wife after we die?

After we die, do we get to be one with our wife that we married here and love her still? Or does that go away?
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Yesh Me'Ayin - A transformation from a state of ‘nothing’ to ‘something’

Recently I came across this teaching from Chassidic or Kabalistic works which apparently has something to do with our 'task' in this world: Hayom Yom: Tackling Life's Tasks; Translated from the ...
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The Yiddish Language and its Sanctity

Rav Avrohom Schorr in his Sefer HaLekach V'HaLevuv al HaTorah (5763) for on Parshas Noach the following: (Took a picture because there is no online copy available) (Rough Translation by myself) ...
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Seven Ushpizot on Sukkot?

In a number of places online, I've seen reference made to a teaching from Menachem Azariah of Fano, or Rama MiPano, about seven female "guests" which visit the Sukkah over Sukkot, in paralel to the ...
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Source for Arizal’s teaching

I’m reading a book by Rabbi Shlomo Arush and he says the following: "According to our master, the Arizal, whoever wants to receive the light of Ein Sof in its entirety has to change its own nature ...
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To what extent are non-Chasidim bound by kabbalah?

Chassidim seem to follow the views of kabbalah to a greater degree than non-Chassidim. What status does kabbalah have in determing the practical halacha for non-Chassidim?
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Smoking and psychedelics in kabbalah?

Many are familiar with stories of great tzaddikim smoking pipes and the like in some sort of kabbalastic rite. I've even heard some chassidic Rebbes having a so called "Kabbalah pipe". Im curious to ...
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How does one perform an exorcism in Judaism

What are the steps one must perform in order to conduct a Jewish exorcism ritual?
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Chasidic meal seder and bracha on dessert

So apparently -- not sure if this is a retroactive explanation or what -- we eat fish, soup, meat, and "compote," in that order, by all Shabbos and Yom Tov meals in order to symbolize the Four Worlds. ...
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Why is dreaming of getting married considered a disturbance?

I know that this is a pretty mystical question, but is anyone able to provide an explanation as to why the Shulchan Aruch (OH 288:5) says that seeing oneself get married in a dream is considered bad ...
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Women caused the moon to shrink and kiddush levana [duplicate]

Regarding women saying Kiddush Levana, the Mishnah Berurah Siman 426 סק"א, quoting the Shlah, writes: ונשים פטורות מלקדש הלבנה דהוי מ"ע שהזמן גרמא ואף דכל מ"ע שהזמן גרמא נוהגות הנשים שמקיימות ...
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why say the פסוק of ויהי נועם before mitzvos?

it seems that, at least according to nusach sefard and I would assume edut hamizrach, that before mitzvos and brachos we say this pasuk. Particularly before the bracha of sefiras haomer most have this ...
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In kabbalah what are the אוצרות?

I was listening to a shiur from a Rav and I heard him refer to "the אוצרות" as one of the fundamental introductions to limud hakabbalah. Which sefer is he referring to?
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Are there any books on Seder Hishtalshelus?

I was wondering whether I could find a book which describes the stages of the seder hishtalshelus. The Seder Hishtalshelus refers to the chain-like descent of spiritual worlds (Olam/Olamot) between ...
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Is Chochmas Ha'Yad a Jewish thing? [duplicate]

Is Chochmas Ha'Yad (which I think is the ability/technique of being able to look at a person's palm and be able to figure out about the person through the lines on his palm) a concept that is specific ...
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Age for Studying Academic Scholars of Kabbalah

It is a given that there are restrictions related to age and level of scholarship regarding who may study the Kabbalah (see Minimum Age to Learn Kabbalah?, for example). Do such restrictions extend to ...
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Rejecting the Torah of the Arizal [closed]

Is there anything wrong with a 21st century Orthodox Jews rejecting as false the Kabbalistic doctrines that were promulgated by Isaac Lurianic and Moses Cordovero?
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Can I read The Treatise of the Dragons?

Is there anything wrong with studying the Kabbalistic writings of Natan of Gaza (Shabatai Tzvi's navi) such as his Treatise on the Dragons? It seems to be a compilation of many explanations found in ...
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Online commentary for 3 ENOCH — a Hekalot & Merkevah, mystical, apocalyptic, pseudepigraphal, Jewish text (400CE)?

I've been interested in Hekalot & Merkevah literature as of late. I'm not a Kabbalist, but I do study scriptures of the Near East, particularly within the realms of Judaism. I stumbled across 3 ...
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Maggidim (angelic mentors) in Jewish history. How new is it?

Did the phenomenon of "maggidim" (celestial/angelic mentors) who come to teach a person kabbalistic mysteries and other revelations, but begin with those who studied Lurianic kaballah in the 1500's - ...
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What changed with the giving of the Zohar? [closed]

Once read somewhere (forgot exact source, could be Shomer Emunim Hakadmon from Rabbi Yosef Irgas) that kabala was transferred from Rabbi to disciple in a long chain going to Sinai and taught secretly ...
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Going to a mekubal to check out a shidduch

Some people go to Hassidic Rebbes or Mekubalim to give them the names of both sides of a potential shidduch to see if the names match. Are these Rabbis actually able look at the names and "see" if it ...
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Spiritual meaning of splitting of sea?

In this video: Can someone explain what he says about the splitting of the sea was really a splitting of spiritual "words" Where exactly are these words and how can they "split"?
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The Arizal and the Ramak

What are the basic conceptual differences between the Lurianic school of kaballah and the Kordovero school of kaballah?
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Creating things with the Sefer Yetzira?

According to the Talmud (sanhedrin 65b), the Rabbis of the Talmud used the system of the sefer yetzira to miraculously create a calf every friday and eat it on the Sabbath. Rabbi Avraham Azoulai ...
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Do you get to keep your old nefesh and ruach when you convert?

According to our tradition, converts acquire a "new soul" in, or upon emergence from, the conversion mikvah. (Not sure of the original source for this--it may be the Zohar--but there are countless ...
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Not eating peels of fruit

What is the source for people who always remove the peels of fruits before eating the fruit. I've seen some ultra-Orthodox Jews do this and I was told by one of them that it is not a kashrut issue due ...
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What are the Hebrew names for the 3 kabbalistic garments of thoughts, feelings and actions? [closed]

I'm watching a video on Tanya and the rabbi said those 3 words in Hebrew, but I can't figure out what those words actually are on Google so I can add them to my notes. What are the words in Hebrew? I ...
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Origin of Mystical Theology

Are there some Kabbalistic concepts that are studied today in Jewish circles that originate from Christianity /Christian theology? Has there been any study of the relationship between the two, and ...
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Location of Eden in Seder Histalshilus

In Likutei Torah parshas Tzav (pg. 16d and onward) and Shaar HaEmunah by the Mittler Rebbe (ch. 57 and onward) discuss the splitting of the river in the future, and part of that description is that it ...
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Hoshana rabbah, is it really the second Yom Kippur?

Where does the concept of Hashana rabah being compared to Yom Kippur come from? Especially within the Sephardic and Hasidic communities. I've heard that Hashanah rabah is alluded to in Kabbalah as ...
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Is the prayer shawl talked about in kabbalah?

Does the kabblah talk about the Tallit? And maybe give us a deeper meaning behind wearing it? Is there a sermon on this topic someone would recommend? Or Book? In english(not hebrew,since I can't ...
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Source for ability to speak before Neshama

I've always understand conventional Jewish belief is that there are different aspects to the soul, and each one provides different abilities. The נפש is common to all living creatures and it is the ...
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Is the Kabbalah as the Rabbis have it today the same Kabbalah as Moshe had?

According to Aruch Hashulchan seen here siff 8 , it was given at Sinai to Moshe. But is Kabbalah today the same as back then? (I hope this question is not unclear) Is the Kabbalah as the Rabbis have ...

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