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The First Word of the Torah also Alludes to Hidden Beginnings

Why did the Torah begin with the letter beit [of “bereishit”], and not with an alef? Why was the alef saved for the first letter of “I am G-d” – “Anochi” – the first word of the Ten Commandments? The … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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From the teachings of Rav Yehudah Leib Ashlag( Baal haSulam)

…From what we have already seen, it is easy to understand that the Torah, like the world itself, has an inner and an outer aspect. Likewise, the one who occupies himself or herself with Torah has these two levels. So … Continue reading

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The Holy ARI-The Preeminent Master Kabbalist

Rabbi Yitzchak Luria was undisputedly the greatest practitioner and expounder of Kabbalah since Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar. Rabbi Yitzchak Luria founded a new school in Kabbalistic thought, known as “the system of the Ari.” Rabbi Yitzchak … Continue reading

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ARI haKadosh on Kabbalistic Meaning of the Ten Plagues

The 10 plagues correspond, in ascending order, to the ten [sub-] sefirot of Nukva, otherwise known as Malchut. Nukva seems to be mustering all her possible sources of divine energy, based on various combinations of divine names. Each plague expressed … Continue reading

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Contemporary Kabbalists on Parshat Va’Yechi

All of Jacob’s joy, all the goodness of his final 17 years, was from the proliferation of his offspring. In fact, the sages explain that Jacob did not die, because as long as his seed, his offspring is alive, he … Continue reading

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The Kabbala of Marriage

The laws of divorce in the Torah begin with the phrase, “When a man takes a wife and engages in marital relations with her…”. (Deut. 24:1) The laws of betrothal and marriage are derived from this passage. In Jewish law, … Continue reading

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The Holy ARI on Parshat V’Zot HaBracha(Deut. 33-34)

In Moses’ farewell blessing to the Jewish people, the first instance of the word “came” is in the usual Hebrew (‘ba’), whereas the second instance of this word in the verse is in Aramaic [‘atah’]. Aramaic is considered an intermediary … Continue reading

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Multimedia Classes in Kabbala

Kabbalah Online: The Gate of Reincarnations. The Holy Ari. Garments of the Divine. The Cave of the Patriarchs. Daily Zohar Study. Stories on Miracle in Meron, Forty Days and Forty Nights: http://www.kabbalaonline.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/428012/jewish/Audio-Video.htm

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The Holy ARI on SUKKOT

Of the many mitzvot connected to the holiday of Sukkot, perhaps the most conspicuous is the actual structure of the sukkah (booth) in which we dwell for the entire holiday – and for which the festival itself is named. While … Continue reading

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