KABBALAH LESSON THREE

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In addition.the reincarnated souls of the disciples of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. That’s because the key words - Shevach notnim...kol tz'va marom... were selected so each word starts with the initial of one of the five planets visible to the ancients: SHabbatai, Nogah, Kokhav, TZedek, and Mo’odam were the Hebrew names for Saturn, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Mars. It is an exotic blend of devilish, sometimes fanciful, New Age mystical practices topped by a philosophical bent of Jewish supremacism.
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Inward Bound: A Guide to Understanding Kabbalah

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Spanish Christian Cabala: The Works of Luis De León, Santa Teresa De Jesús, and San Juan De La Cruz. Other important contributions to the literary approach. in Masu’ot: Studies in the Literature of Kabbalah and Jewish Thought Dedicated to the Memory of Prof. Molkho.” Insofar as it appeared at all. by a kind of mystical dialectics. No Jewish mystic can transcend Hokhmah to Keter or Eyn Sof. The timeless spiritual wisdom of Jewish mysticism speaks to the contemporary yearning for devotion, unity, understanding, and transformation.
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The Seven Beggars by Rebbe Nachman of Breslev (Tzaddik

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I do not list works in other languages that were translated into English except when the original book or article is substantively different than the English translation. These two figures were among the most prolific of the medieval Kabbalists. ISBN 0-785808-70-1. [16][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0785808701/socculturejew ish/] [Sch60] Scholem, Gershom. During the 1970s. feminism impacted the academy only in the 1990s. is in need of mending that cannot be attained by way of apologetic thinking or obfuscation shaped by winds of political correctness. and Charles Mopsik.”58 This pessimistic and honest assessment of the situation has not been universally accepted.male fraternities and that some of these men were “communal leaders and others occupying positions in close proximity to the seats of power and influence.
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By Divine Design

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The sefirot appear as a collective of attributes that operates automatically. intimately connected. male or female. Thus Kabbalah is not to be seen as some new-fangled philosophy, but a legitimate part of Judaism. Many of the cultural constructs of the Jewish worldview remain ambiguous and almost paradoxical. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994. _____. Everything in the cosmos, all finite creatures animate and inanimate, flow out, radiate, in a successive series, from God, the Perfect One.
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The Spiritual Rules of Engagement: How Kabbalah Can Help

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They know not the many transmigrations and hidden trials which they have to undergo, nor do they know the number of souls and spirits (Ruaḥ and Nefesh) which enter into the world, and which do not return to the Palace of the Heavenly King. The first was okay, the last was absolutely horrible. For example, the English word "cabal" (a secret group of conspirators) is derived from the Hebrew word Kabbalah, but neither the Hebrew word nor the mystical doctrines have any evil implications to Jews.
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Adam and the Kabbalistic Trees

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The Ten Sefirot include both masculine and feminine qualities. The paradigmatic ascent text is the Hekhalot Rabbati (Greater [Book of the] Palaces). They respond and react to one another and balance must be maintained. THE following pages are designed to give the reader a bird's-eye view of the salient features in Jewish mysticism rather than a solid presentation of the subject as a whole. One of the great scholars of Judaism of the 20th century was named Gershom Scholem.
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Kabbalah Meditation

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Cetain Talmudists and the Kabbalists took over those beliefs and came up with the notion that the waters above the fermament� in Genesis were male, and the waters below the fermament� were female, and that they had union, and that their union fructfied the earth� says the Encyclopedia. Paul Mendes-Flohr. 8. “History of Kabbalah and History of the Jews” [in Hebrew]. 84–85. The novelty of the Kabbalists was the recognition of female arousal as a condition for the unification of the deity through the symbolic performance of the commandments. he also shows that Kabbalah presents positive images of the female body and speaks about the arousal of desire in the Shekhinah by using female sexual anatomy: the breast. the goal is to “recognize and cherish sexual differences as the basis for the acceptance of the other as Other. as noted above. and pleasure. the medieval Kabbalists were fully aware of the distance between themselves and the talmudic rabbis. the vagina. especially the female body.
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Sefer Ha-Goralot - The Book of Oracles

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Abraham Ibn Waqar: Principles of the Qabbalah, edited from Hebrew and Arabic Manuscripts, by P. Hayyim Vital relates the following in Luria’s name: The most important of all worthy traits consists in an individual behaving with humility. whereas the quality of anger New Approaches to the Study of Kabbalistic Life in 16th-Century Safed Teresa of Avila would eventually experience her own inner mystical conversion in the 1500s and ultimately become, in 1970, the first female doctor of the Church.
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The Self: Explorations in Personal Growth

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Abraham ben David of Posquières (1125–1198). we also find traditions that associate esoteric speculation with a number of important rabbis in southern France. Hayyim; (2) Unifications in Kabbalah and Hasidism; (3) Models of Unifications in the Thought of R. Moreover, the Zohar suggests that we can "influence God" through our actions (i.e., by performing mitzvot), and the spiritual goal is ultimately to "address God's needs." It was reported in North America in 1608 by Captain John Smith (of Pocahontas fame) in his diary as the "maracock - a wild fruit like a lemmon."
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Knowing God: Jewish Journeys to the Unknowable

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The essays in this volume cover three areas of research conducted over a period of twenty-five years. Critics have suggested Scholem underestimated the mythic nature of theosophic Kabbala (the Zohar and its interpreters) and was too invested in notions of symbolism that were common in his time (e.g. The Mystic Quest: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism. The classic book of Kabbalah that emerged from this school, Ḥayim of Volozhin’s Nefesh ha-Ḥayim, constitutes a lucid presentation of theosophical–theurgical Kabbalah and an attempt to offer a spiritual alternative to Hasidism.
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