The word 'Kabbalah', coming from the Hebrew 'QBL' means 'to give','to receive' or 'tradition'. There are various alternative spellings, the two usual spellings being Kabbalah and Qabalah.
Students of the Kabbalah hold that the core of the tradition is taken from the hidden inner meaning of the Torah (the first 5 books of the Bible), which is held to be the Word of God. Two Medieval books the 'Sepher Yetzirah', the Book of Zohar and the Book of Bahir have been the most influencial, detailing fundementals of Kabbalist beliefs, such as the Sephiroth or Spheres. These are detailed below.
Kabbalah is described as a Sod level from four levels of Torah meaning:
- Peshat, the surface meaning of the text;
- Remez, allusions or allegories in the text
- Derash, a rabbinic or midrashic way of reading new lessons into the text
- Sod, the hidden mystical Kabbalistic reading of the Torah.
Introductions to KabbalahEdit
What is important before start of Kabbalah studies?
A. Try, learn to love at least one person as yourself.
B. Learn speech control - Shmirat haLashon (kosher speech, avoiding evil speech & gossip):
- Aish: stopping lashon hara
- L"H tips
- 31 mitzvot about speech
- Chofetz Chaim USA,
- Nehora Chofetz Chayim books
- Lashon hara in pictures
- Береги свою речь, Лашон ара, Рав Плискин
- Ethics of speech
- Открою свои уста в притче, Хафец Хаим, Версия для печати
- Lashon ha-Ra in Wikipedia
- Человек – животное говорящее
- Chosen words journal in PDFs
- Shmiras haLashon audio from Torah Media
- Importance of silence AISH
- End Gossip by Lori Palatnik
For non - Jews: noahides & converts (noahidim ve gerim tsaddikim) 7 laws, Noachide, Academy, Righteous Gentiles, Becoming Jewish. Japanese Factor, Itim.org.il MOIA.org.il, Ger tzedek, Chassidus.ru > Giur Giur Mosc, Convert.org, Converting to Judaism, A mystical interpretation of conversions to Judaism is that there a convert is someone with a Jewish neshamah (soul) who is simply trying to find his/her way home Becoming Jewish, Shema Yisrael Becoming Jewish Information, Giur v dni Moshiaha, Shater Avrahama, Khazaria Искать раздел Гиюр
For non religious Jews Baal Tshuva first - learn famous Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak. Then - Shulchan Aruch
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