Jewish mysticism concerns the direct perception of God within the framework of Jewish belief and practice. The "working" definition of Mysticism is 'a deeper understanding of reality'. Thus, Jewish Mysticism would refer to a specifically Jewish approach to the Ultimate Reality, based upon the revelation to each individual member of the Jewish People at Mount Sinai. The subject of Kabbalah is the study of "the body of The King" - the 'anatomy' of Existence, while Chassidus is concerned with creating a personal relationship with G-d. Kabbalah means "received tradition" and a kabbalist must be able to prove an uninterrupted 'genealogical' line from student to teacher all the way back to basic seminal figures, paralleling the line of teacher-to-student ordination for rabbis, that goes back to Moses at Mount Sinai, and the biological genealogies of the Priesthood from Aaron or the Royal line from King David. In the case of an essentially self-taught "outsider", like the Ari, who recast the Kabbalah in a 'new form' (debatable, since he harkens back to the 'dynamic' terminology of the Zohar and Sefer Bahir as opposed to the more 'structural' approach to the Kabbalah of Moses Cordovero and Nachmanides), the only way he could propound his innovations was after first submitting them to an acknowledged Master who would testify that the new approach was "like old wine in new bottles" and was totally in consonance with the traditions he had received from HIS master. The Ari submitted his system to Rav Chaim Vitale, and Rav Moshe Cordovero - the two leading Kabbalistic authorities of that time - who thereupon accepted the Ari as THEIR master! From that point on, the vast majority of Kabbalists have derived from the school of the Ari, which eclipsed all the other schools. Thus, all other schools of Jewish mysticism which were contemporary with him or came in contact with his teachings later- whether their emphasis was in meditation, prayer, or magic- recast their teachings in line with his. Regarding prayer, though the older nusachs (rites) still exist, the law is that if one prays according to Nusach Ari, he cannot go back - 'One may ascend in holiness, but not descend to a lower level.' Joseph Caro, who wrote the Code of Jewish Law, known as the Shulchan Aruch, which is the definitive arbiter of the Talmudic debates about the correct application of Jewish Law, was a disciple of the Ari. Since his decisions are grounded in the Kabbalah of his teacher, Jewish religious practice is an expression of kabbalah in action.
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Recordings of Kabbalah lessons taught daily at Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Yeshiva, videos, book of Zohar and books by Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag (Baal Sulam) and Rabbi Baruch Ashlag (RABASH). Largest collection of media (mp3, asf, pdf) Kabbalah materials on the Internet. Updated daily.
Desire to Share
What was the original intent of our Creator? The Kabbalists say that the sole intent of the Creator came from his “desire to share.”
Rabbi David Aaron, author of Endless Light and Seeing God, heads up the Isralight Organization, providing spiritual retreats in Jerusalem, New York City, South Florida and Los Angeles.
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Jewish Spirit Online
Featuring the "Jewish Spirit Journal" and the writings of Yitzhak Buxbaum, who received s'micha (authorization) as a maggid (teacher and storyteller) from the legendary Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.
Kaballah and Jewish Meditation
Rabbi Ariel Bar Zadok offers in-depth teachings in the Kaballah and Jewish meditation.
Kabbalah of Transformation
Tele-classes, Materials and Personal Coaching based on principles of Kabbalah and Chassidus. Helping people enhance awareness of G-d and their own unique purpose through integrating this wisdom into daily life.
Kabbalah and Chassidic stories, articles and philosophic discussions.
Kabbalah Simply Stated
You can start a Kabbalah Study Group in your area through The International Kabbalah Association. Bob Waxman, co-founder, offers (9) Kabbalah classes in South Florida and is the author of "Kabbalah Simply Stated" published by Paragon books.
Articles on the Toledano tradition of the Kabbalah in English and Spanish.
Kabbalah World Center
Lessons, information, and music broadcast, FAQ, and forums in 11 languages.
Weblog about the mystical side of Judaism and life.Topics include: Kabbalah Info, Mystical Places, discussions of Fads/Fake Kabbalah and Prophecies.
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Rabbi David Aaron.Com
For those seeking answers to mystical questions, Rabbi David Aaron is an expert in the Kabbalah, spirituality, Jewish Mysticism and God. Explore the inner workings of the mind, heart and soul with his sparks of inspiration.
RazOt - The Lev Eliyahu Institute
Publications, Lectures and Seminars On the Hidden Meaning of the Hebrew Letters, by Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson, of RazOt, The Lev Eliyahu Institute and the author of over 25 books on Hebrew and the Torah Codes in English and in Hebrew.
The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute
Offers Jews of all backgrounds interested in learning more about Judaism access to Kabbalah, mysticism,and history. Courses are offered in over fifty cities worldwide.
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Jewish enlightenment. The spiritual mystery of mysteries explained. Flash demonstrations and talks on Jewish mysticism from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Tomer Devorah: The Palm Tree of Deborah by Moses Cordovero
Written by the great kabbalist, Rabbi Moses Cordovero, of Safed, Tomer Devorah is devoted to the doctrine of the Imitation of God, as a path in spiritual enlightenment and service.
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A translation and running commentary of The Gate of Unity ("The Key" to Chassidus and Kabbalah and Hisbonenus-meditation), questions and answers, as well as a wealth of other Kabbalistic articles, stories, and works.