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What is Kabbalah

Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish mystical school of thought, is being frequently discussed lately. The Kabbalah religion attracts millions of people around the world, seeking Kabbalah knowledge and understanding.

Kabbalah Origins

The Kabbalah is considered a mystical Jewish teaching. The Kabbalah is recorded appearing over 4000 years ago, in ancient Babylon. Some say that the fundamental Kabbalistic text, the Zohar, was written by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in a cave in France, and that it took him 13 years to complete it. The compilation and early publication of the Zohar came from the French Province and Northern Spain during the 12th and 13th centuries.

The Principals of Kabbalah

The teachings of the Kabbalah religion had a great influence on the Jewish way of life. Two great Jewish spiritual movements are based on Kabbalistic teachings: The Hasidic movement and the Sabbatean movement. Kabbalah offers every person a way of reaching balance with the world, thus achieving happiness and a sense of wholeness.

The Kabbalah teaches that every disturbance in a person’s balance between himself and the world reflects on surrounding lives and affects the world and its daily suffering.

According to Kabbalah scholars, there is a connection between the fulfillment of the Jewish people’s spiritual role in the world, and the positive and negative experiences in human history. Spreading the Kabbalistic massage, based on love and acceptance, can restore the world’s balance, say Kabbalah religion scholars.

The Sephirot and Kabbalah Traditions

Kabbalah is based mainly on the Sephirot. Each of the ten Sephirot represents a realm in which God relates to and contacts the world. Each Sephirah is unique, and the Sephirot often contradict each other. The Sephirot are divided to Left, Right and Middle – Grace, Justice and Mercy. A certain tension exists between the different realms of the Sephirot, and finding harmony and balance is the ultimate goal.

There are two main Kabbalistic Traditions in Jewish Kabbalah: the Theosophical and the Ecstatic Kabbalah.

The Theosophical tradition is based on ceremonies and rituals not unlike those that are familiar to us. The Ecstatic tradition is based on the personal and mystical experience, with little or no connection to the role of the divine in daily life.

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