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Learning Kabbalah

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Published: January 22, 2011


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Visitor Comments: 68

(68) Shulamit, March 23, 2011 3:30 PM

Well Said, Thak You

For thousands of years, no one was allowed to study Kabbalah until age 40 and until they understood Torah at a higher level than most of the well studied scholars. Maybe worse that a being fake is they are going to mess up their lives even more without having the years of Torah study before they even begin Kabbalah.

(67) Ishaq, February 1, 2011 8:41 PM

KABBALAH

Even though the Rabbi could have addressed the question differently, he is still right. Kabbalah needs to be situated within the Jewish Religion. Actually, if you go to the main website for those Kabbalah centers you will find NO MENTION of God. C'mon!

(66) Anonymous, February 1, 2011 5:08 PM

You're judging people too harshly, Rabbi

If you study anything taught by modern kabalists like Rav Laitman -- student of the Baal HaSulam you will find a lot of merit and clearly understand that exactly this kind of learning can lead people --unafiliated Jews and others-- to aish and torah observance. As you say "one man's opinion" yet you sound like an advertisement for Aish. I'm Torah knowledgable and observant and I see MUCH good in the study of kabalistic principles -- espcially for the rich and famous who don't have an average existence and need to understand that ALTRUISM is the key to TIKKUN OLAM.

(65) Keren /henng, February 1, 2011 8:39 AM

right on and kol ha kavod!

You hit this nail right on the head! My rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Goldberger of Baltimore once said that if you see a class listed as "Basic Kabbalah" what you will learn will NOT be Kabbalah. Kabbalah is a mesorah passed on person to person and those who teach it never advertise!

(64) Anonymous, January 31, 2011 10:47 PM

reply to Penny

I was thinking about your comment, and I fervently feel that there isn't so much of a disagreement as a misunderstanding. Rabbi Solomon certainly isn't saying that those who learn kabbalah in these types of centers are bad people and that we should look down on them. On the contrary, I could almost guarantee you that he would probably do whatever he could to help any of them and that he doesn't have any hatred towards them in the slightest. As I was listening to him speak I actually perceived compassion and pity for these people. He seems to care so much about them that it hurts him to see them being misguided. I presume that you would agree that it is possible for someone to appreciate someone else yet still disagree with an action of theirs. Therefore, I don't see any reason for you to be offended that he was creating friction between Jews. By the way, I heard from a massive and very renown scholar both in kabbalah and in many other sections of Torah that one should certainly become proficient in other area's of Torah first before engaging in kabbalah. All of Torah is filled with spirituality and guidance and it just needs to be learned properly. I read some of the other comments that were responding to your comment and I do not agree with their tone. I would however, just suggest to listen again to Rabbi Solomon and try to see if you feel that he is bashing those who attend these centers or if he actually acknowledges how much they are seeking truth and he so direly wishes for them to only attain the true good.

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