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Chabad.org has an article by Yael Levine Katz about three women with connections to Tzfas (Safed) that either were kabbalists, or exhibited kabbalist-like characteristics. Francesa Sarah mentioned by R' Chaim Vital, was said to have had a maggid, or angelic tutor. Fioretta Modena Channah Rochel Werbemacher or "The Maiden of Ludmir" who gathered something ...


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I would recomment 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 Meditation and the Bible Meditation and Kabbalah


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I don't know or care about the Kabbala or red string business. I will also add that Jews absolutely do honorably serve on jury duty in the United States, and believe that because all humans are expected to have systems of justice, it is absolutely allowed -- and required -- to apply whatever judgement (e.g. beyond reasonable doubt) is necessary for that ...


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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 earliest version of the story, which evolved between the 15th and 17th centuries, is recorded by *Abraham b. Eliezer ha-Levi in his treatise Iggeret Sod ha-Ge'...


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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 phrases to be said at specific intervals etc. In On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism by Gershom Scholem there is a chapter dedicated to the topic of Golem. ...


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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 Gemora in Bovo Kama 22a says: אשו משום חציו The damages from his fire is liable under the category of his arrows thrown/launched which are human inflicted ...


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The gemarah in sanhedrin 95a reads ...He then mounted his [sc. David's] mule and rode off, and the earth contracted under him. Whilst riding, he saw Orpah his [sc. Ishbi-benob's] mother spinning. On descrying him, she broke off [the thread of] the spindle and threw it [the spindle] at him, intending to kill him. Then she said, 'Young man, bring me the ...


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First you need to define what you mean by Evil Eye. More to the point, the Talmud does mention that a wife's tears can have a tragic effect on the husband's well being. E.g.: The Gemara in Kethuboth 62b cites the case of Rav Rechumi was arrived home late for his annual (Erev Yom Kippour) visit. His wife got so worried that she started crying, and he was ...


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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 revealed to you. It's not like a magic trick that you look up. The book Path of the Just by R Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (a great kabbalist) is a path to achieve ...


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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) 3 Enoch is written by P. Alexander, and begins on p223. You will have to register to access it, but you can do so free of charge. In future, and when you have ...


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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. Rav Gestetner explains that maybe thos applies to regular animals that are born normally ,but not to abnormal creations. However, he notes that although one ...


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For a more contemporary example I would include Yemima Avital founder of the Yemima school. for an overview see this paper, particularly starting on page 199 for description of connection to kabbalah.


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Rabbi Simcha Zissel of Kelm writes (forget the exact source) that the yetzer hara for idolatry was never really destroyed, it merely changed form from worship of idols to worship of other things. he says one form it has changed to today is worship of money. see also this by Rabbi Yisacher Frand http://www.torah.org/learning/ravfrand/5757/yisro.html


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This question has many possible answers. At different times in history, circumstances were different. And so the answer, depending on where you look could vary. But it seems most appropriate to offer the kabbalistic answer most appropriate for this time. This can be found from the Ba'al Shem Tov as written in Keter Shem Tov, page 3:3. It is preferred that ...


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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: [The reason this is permitted is because] they are Holy Names, and Hashem gave them the ability to be able to perform things through the pious and prophets. ...


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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 accomplished in creating such a calf, and why they did it. Some say that they did not actually create a physical calf, but created such a clear meditative image that ...


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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 halacha. Mordechai Margulies, in his edition of the book, wrote that historically, the book is known to have been used by rabbis in the time of the Gaonim, because ...


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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 mezuza - not that Rav Moshe suggests you should do so, but that it would serve as an amulet.


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The rabbi was: Rabbi Yosef Della Reina. ca. 1418-1472. Hatzlacha


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Rabbi Dershowitz at Dinonline quotes the following regarding a source for not cutting nails at night: See Shu”t Yechave Daat from Rav Ovadia Yosef 4:20 who quotes from Rav Chaim Palagi that according to the kabala one should not cut hair or nails by night. Rav Ovadia disputes this, and claims that there is no problem according to halacha or kabbala ...


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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 turn came, he asked me my father's name which he wrote down, then asked me my name and he wrote it down. Then he wrote down my mother's name without asking me. He ...


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This site has some instructions for a Golem which might be helpful in making the calf: http://golem.plush.org


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i am still trying to figure this out, for now it seems to me that they are subconscious parts of you soul that come out (reveal themselves) into your consciousness (thought, speech and action over which you have direct control at anytime (thought you can not stop but can make yourself think of other things)) i understand that you can effect them to but you ...


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Here is a Kabbalah 101 Series from Aish HaTorah: http://www.aish.com/sp/k/ It goes through each sephira as a concept, as a foundation, and then explores other concepts. It has many practical examples, e.g.— "Thus the act of burying a dead person is called chesed shel emes –- "true kindness." For any act of chesed that is accorded to a person during ...


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This particular sin starts in the brain{soul}, therefore the best teshuvah for this sin is to cry, bc the tears emenate form the brain{soul}.


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Some of these people have knowledge derived from Ruach Hakodesh, a holy spirit. (See Ramchal, Derech Hashem, Perek: 3:3 Ruach Hakodesh and Nevuah). Others have knowledge that derives from the Kochos Hatumah, the forces of impurity (See that same Ramchal, that writes that many of those people may not even realize that it derives from impurity.) Others have ...


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While I can't claim to know exactly what these things mean, I can translate the Hebrew for you1: שמירה means protection הצלחה means success זווג הגון means [finding] a good spouse שלום בית means "peace in the house," usually specific to husband and wife זרע בר קיימא means "living children," specifically children who will survive childhood [common now, but ...


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The laws of damage are not restricted to an ox. The gemara in bava Kama extends them to several other animals explicitly and to all animals (and objects) based on certain commonalities, such as intention to harm or normalcy to harm. (Unlike the laws of kashrus which may depend on the biological source or nature of an animal.) So if this sefer yetzira ox has ...


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This video lists 10 Jewish traditional female mystics (most not included in other answers) Inés of Herrera | The Child Martyr | 1488-1500 Fioretta of Modena | The Kabbalist Bubbe | 1522-1580 Asenath Barzani | The Kurdish Rosh Yeshiva | 1590-1670 Francesa Sarah | The Maggid Whisperer | 16th Century Daughter of Anav | The Oracle | 16th Century Rachel Aberlin | ...


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Today I know of several in Chabad, or with Chabad connections: Shimona Tzukernik, Fraidy Yanover, Esther Segal.


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