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Would anybody be able to point me in the direction of legitimate Jewish meditation practices?

I would recommend R' Aryeh Kaplan's book, Jewish Meditation: A Practical Guide. It is halachically kosher and quite comprehensive If you are interested in more theoretical sources, same author has ...
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Practical Kabbalah consequences

From the Encyclopedia.com entry on Joseph Della Reina: JOSEPH DELLA REINA , hero of a kabbalistic legend who attempted to bring an end to Satan's power and thus lead to the redemption. The ...
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sefer Yetzirah ox goring,or Golem damages

If a golem or an ox is intentionally made from scratch by a man via Sefer Yetzira, then for damages incurred he would be Chayav (liable) on par with one that makes a fire which causes damage. The ...
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Creating things with the Sefer Yetzira?

It is documented in the R' Aryeh Kaplan translation of the sefer yetzeira regarding forming a humanoid from earth/clay (Golem) and engraving the name of God on his forehead then there are specific ...
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What's the law if a person has zera levatalah when asleep

This is covered by the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch. The text of the beracha itself should answer your other questions. מִי שֶרָאָה, חַס וְשָׁלוֹם, קְרִי בַּלַּיְלָה, כְּשֶׁנֵּעוֹר מִשְּׁנָתוֹ, יִטּוֹל ...
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Creating things with the Sefer Yetzira?

If there was such a thing, it would be inappropriate to publicize in a forum like this. The way to further your understanding of these matters is make yourself more fitting for the information to be ...
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Kabbalistic meaning of incense

מהרצ"א says in רגל ישרה that the Ktoret in the Beit Hamikdash was to seperate the Kedusha from broken vessels that happened before creation. With that being said many things are to seperate ...
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Hasidic methodology and Halacha

As far as the Shulchan Aruch HaRav, the Chabad website here provides a good guide as to Rav Shneur Zalman of Liadi's approach and his mindset when authoring it: What goal did Rabbi Schneur Zalman set ...
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Online commentary for 3 ENOCH -- a Hekalot & Merkevah, mystical, apocalyptic, pseudepigraphal, Jewish text (400CE)?

I think that your best bet is J.H. Charlesworth's Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Volume One. Bizarrely (and luckily), it's available online in its entirety here. The translation of (and commentary on) ...
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Sources for Halachic opinions influenced by kabbalah

Olamot.net has a halachic write-up of the cross-section of Kabbalah and Halachah, discussing the various opinions on how to rule in case of conflict between Gemara and Kabballistic sources, on various ...
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Are there any female kabbalists?

The Tanait Asenat Barzani was regarded as a kabbalist
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How/Why do amulets work?

I think you are undervaluing the impact that the wearer's mind has on the effect of the amulet. For the sake of the argument let's just say that the amulet is a placebo. Most people erroneously think ...
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Creating things with the Sefer Yetzira?

Rabbi Kaplan in the introductory section of his translaion of seffer yetzira mentions this gemara. He writes on page xix: There are many interpretations as to exactly what these two sages ...
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sefer Yetzirah ox goring,or Golem damages

The L'Horos Nassan 11:11:6 actually addresses this question . He answers with regards to an animal created from sefer yetzira that from the Rambam Nizekei Mamon 10:2 that animals that kill get stoned. ...
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How can one achieve k'fitzat hadereh (miraculous speedy travel)?

I say that answer lies clearly in the talmud Makkos 5a where it discusses a case that עדים testified about an individual that killed someone in the morning in the city of סורא, then other עדים ...
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How can one achieve k'fitzat hadereh (miraculous speedy travel)?

https://youtu.be/IFTNJ2F38Mc - This a video by Rav Meir Eliyahu describing in detail from Rabbeinu Amar the steps needed for this to be done. Here are the main points: There are 2 options of doing ...
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How can a name exist before anything was Created

I heard this mashal in a shiur recently, which is based on a sicha or maamar in Chabad Chassidus, that helped me get a small handle on this very lofty idea. Firstly, the question of "what is His ...
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How to understand the Union of Zeir Anpin and Malchut in Assiya

In terms of kabbalistic nomenclature, Olam HaAsiyah, meaning the World of Action, is referring to this material, physical world which we occupy. The union of Z"A (meaning Zeir Anpin d'Dachar, the ...
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Kabbalistic meaning of incense

Rabbi Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky quotes the Lubavitcher Rebbe and explains the deeper meaning behind the ketores. He writes: The incense symbolized the intrinsic connection that exists between G‑d and ...
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Practical Kabbalah

The dispensation to practice Kabalah Maasis (Practical Kabbalah) via Sefer Yetzira is codified in Shulchan Aruch (YD 179, based on Sanhedrin 57b). The Shach there (:18) quotes the Levush who states: ...
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Sources for Halachic opinions influenced by kabbalah

Rav Asher Weiss has a long discussion about when to Pasken Halacha according to Kabbala here, which includes many examples from the Shulchan Aruch and elsewhere, especially from section 5 (בענייני ...
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Where do our thoughts come from?

To say simply - yes they come from G-d would be an oversimplification. The Piacezna Rebbe says straight up in his Hachsharas HaAvreichim explains yes for the most part, assuming we are living a ...
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Kippot in kabbalah and chasiduss

Men wearing a head covering (though not necessarily a kippa) is mentioned a few times in the gemara: Kiddushin 31b: רב הונא בריה דרב יהושע לא מסגי ארבע אמות בגילוי הראש, אמר: שכינה למעלה מראשי Rav ...
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Is there an inyan to shake the lulav in the sukka, even when it's raining?

The Lubavitcher Rebbe (Likkutei Sichos 22 p. 125) suggests it would be best to wait for the rain to stop, even though the obligation of sukkah is suspended, because shaking lulav in the sukkah is not ...
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How to understand the Union of Zeir Anpin and Malchut in Assiya

Zeir Anpin is the Parzuf which combines the Sefirot from Chesed to Yesod. The six of them.The giving, male energy. The six days of the week. The six millenia of from the creation of Adam.The Kudsha ...
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Is Sefer HaRazim heretical?

Rabbi Avigdor Shiloh wrote in this Q&A that in general, there aren't discrepancies between the Talmud and Sefer Harazim, although some of the things outlined there are no longer applicable per ...
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How do you write an amulet

Rav Moshe Feinstein (Igros Moshe YD 2:141:3) discusses the possibility of using the parsha of Krias Shema used for the Mezuza as a protective amulet. This video shows how to write the parshiyos of a ...
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Practical Kabbalah consequences

The rabbi was: Rabbi Yosef Della Reina. ca. 1418-1472. Hatzlacha
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Would anybody be able to point me in the direction of legitimate Jewish meditation practices?

The Mussar movement, especially in its earlier forms, focused heavily on what could be called meditation. They would often spend substantial periods of time in the repetition of a sentence selected ...
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Going to a mekubal to check out a shidduch

I've met some people in Jerusalem who can do this. My first encounter was in the Bucharim section with a certain "chacham Betzalel" many years ago. There was a line of people waiting there. When my ...
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