Preparing for Kabbalah

“I, the author, adjure on the great name of G‑d, anyone into whose hands these [kabbalistic] pamphlets fall, that he should read this introduction. If his soul desires to enter the chamber of this wisdom, he should accept upon himself to complete and fulfill all that I write, and the former of creation will testify upon him, that to him will not come damage to his body and soul, and to all that is his, and not to others, because of his running after good, and one who comes to purify and come close, first before everything, fear of G‑d, to attain fear of punishment, for awe of G‑d’s greatness that is the more internal fear, he will not attain, except from the maturation of wisdom:

http://www.kabbalaonline.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/380402/jewish/Preparing-for-Kabbala.htm

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19 Responses to Preparing for Kabbalah

  1. Kabbalah should be viewed as a branch of Torah study. Just as midrash seems to contradict the simple reading of the Torah, yet deepens our Torah understanding, so Kabbalah broadens and deepens the Torah understanding of those who are ready for such study:

    http://www.yeshiva.co/ask/?id=2727

  2. Kabbalist and Jewish leader Rav Schapira had direct access to the writings of the Ari:

    http://www.kabbalaonline.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/380411/jewish/Tuv-HaAretz-About-the-Author.htm

  3. The Torah and mitzvot, according to Luria, are not a private affair between the Jew and God: they are in essence the key to the future redemption of this world and mankind:

    http://www.thejc.com/judaism/judaism-book-extracts/9932/the-origins-kabbalah

  4. Yavetz, Rabbi Yosef… was absorbed with the meaning of the Spanish Expulsion and why it occurred, and wrote an entire treatise, Ohr HaChaim, in which he provided his interpretation. According to R. Yavetz, the catastrophe resulted from Spanish Jewry’s preoccupation with philosophy and secular knowledge which became their central focus, whereas Torah and mitzvot no longer were the primary purpose of their lives:

    https://www.ou.org/judaism-101/bios/leaders-in-the-diaspora/rabbi-yosef-yavetz-the-chasid-or-the-darshan/

  5. How the Study of Halakha
    Prepares One to Successfully
    Study & Practice Kabbalah:

    http://www.koshertorah.com/PDF/halakha&kabbalah.pdf

  6. Conditions for Learning Kabbalah

    Rav Kaduri’s daily learning schedule consisted of much learning of Talmud and Jewish law; he wouldn’t permit the study of Kabalah to anyone that lacked proficiency in these areas:

    http://www.breslev.co.il/articles/spirituality_and_faith/kabbalah_and_mysticism/conditions_for_learning_kabbalah.aspx?id=12644&language=english

  7. When we start to learn the Kabbalah of Rabbi Ashlag and we learn that most of our desires are driven by our will to receive for ourselves alone, which separates us from the Creator it comes as a shock. But when we turn to our good deeds, we find to our dismay that they also are tainted with our own ego-driven desires. In fact the more we look, the more it seems to us that whatever we do we simply can’t act purely and simply, giving unconditionally:

    http://nehoraschool.com/mixed-motives-are-they-any-good/

  8. A spiritual experience does not need to be very dramatic. It can be generated through a simple act of kindness. A small effort today that goes a bit beyond yesterday’s effort:

    http://meaningfullife.com/oped/2007/08.10.07$ReehCOLON_The_Kabbalah_of_Duality.php

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