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Kabbala #1: What Is Kabbala?

Kabbala #1: What Is Kabbala?

Kabbala is the Torah's expression of the way the world works. Removed from its source, it's a lot of rubbish. (First in a series.)

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Kabbala #2: Perceiving the Infinite

Kabbala #2: Perceiving the Infinite

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How can we get a glimpse of God? Kabbala reveals how the Infinite interacts with humanity.

Kabbala #3: The Ten Sefirot

Kabbala #3: The Ten Sefirot

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A Kabbalistic concept explaining the multiplicity of God's manifestations in the world helps us see how God is truly One.

Kabbala #4: Why 10?

Kabbala #4: Why 10?

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Ten Sefirot are not "ten" by chance -- their number helps us understand the design of the entire world.

Kabbala #5 - Prayer, Study and the Ten Sefirot

Kabbala #5 - Prayer, Study and the Ten Sefirot

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Prayer lifts us above a fragmented world, where we turn our focus to only One God, whose many attributes make up one cohesive union.

Kabbala #6 - The Sefirot and the Divine Plan

Kabbala #6 - The Sefirot and the Divine Plan

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God funnels His will through the primary Sefirot of intellect, creating a world where each event and interaction is part of a larger, comprehensible pattern.

Kabbala #7: Chochma: Inspired Intellect

Kabbala #7: Chochma: Inspired Intellect

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Out of the Ten Sefirot, chochmah, wisdom is the trait which allows creating something out of nothing, for it truly comes from "nowhere."

Kabbala #8: Binah - Processing Wisdom

Kabbala #8: Binah - Processing Wisdom

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The second of the Ten Sefirot -- binah – is the womb where raw understanding is developed and processed.

Kabbala #9: Daat - The Bridge Between Idea and Reality

Kabbala #9: Daat - The Bridge Between Idea and Reality

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The third of the Ten Sefirot -- daat -- allows flashes of inspiration, once processed, to be brought to fruition.

Kabbala #10:  Chesed - The World is Built on Kindness

Kabbala #10: Chesed - The World is Built on Kindness

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The fourth of the Ten Sefirot -- chesed -- precedes all others because it is the only one that is unconditional and unmotivated.

Kabbala #11: Gevurah: The Strength of Judgment

Kabbala #11: Gevurah: The Strength of Judgment

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The fifth of the Ten Sefirot -- gevurah -- is the second sefira of action and one which brings strict justice into the world.

Kabbala #12: Chesed and Gevurah: The Two Sided Approach

Kabbala #12: Chesed and Gevurah: The Two Sided Approach

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Chesed-kindness and gevurah-strength work in tandem, defining God's interaction with the world as a right/left pull/push phenomenon.

Kabbala #13: The Interplay of Matter and Form

Kabbala #13: The Interplay of Matter and Form

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Creation of raw matter is an act of chesed-kindness. Giving form to creation requires the restraint of gevurah-strength.

Kabbala #14: Love and Awe

Kabbala #14: Love and Awe

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The sefirot of "action" engender love and fear on our part, the two "wings" which we need to soar up to the heavens.

Kabbala #15: Tiferet: Beautiful Synthesis

Kabbala #15: Tiferet: Beautiful Synthesis

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Of the Ten Sefirot, tiferet -- which literally means "beauty" or "glory" -- is the most central as it mediates between chesed ("kindness") and gevurah ("strength").

Kabbala #16: Beauty as Mercy

Kabbala #16: Beauty as Mercy

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The dynamic of interaction between the three sefirot of "action" can be compared to a courtroom where kindness, chesed, is the defender and judgment gevurah/din the prosecutor.

Kabbala #17: History of Kabbala: Part 1

Kabbala #17: History of Kabbala: Part 1

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A mysterious dialogue between Moses and God gives us clues to the "ways of God" -- revelations of a deep mystical knowledge which enriches our understanding of the Torah.

Kabbala #18: Center of the Earth

Kabbala #18: Center of the Earth

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The sefirot of chesed, gevurah, tiferet -- kindness, strength and beauty -- have an interrelationship that serves as a model for understanding the relationships between the other sefirot.

Kabbala #19: History of Kabbala Part II

Kabbala #19: History of Kabbala Part II

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The imagery of Kabbalah, which examines God's actions through metaphor, can never lead to the creation of images or the suggestion that the One God exists in fragments.

Kabbala #20: Netzach and Hod: Means to an End

Kabbala #20: Netzach and Hod: Means to an End

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Just like a loving parent may seem cruel when harshly disciplining a child in order to instill good values, the "tactical" sefirot of netzach and hod are often not what they seem.

Kabbala #21: Yesod: The Translator

Kabbala #21: Yesod: The Translator

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The sefirah of yesod, "foundation," translates spiritual concepts into actions that unite us with God.

Kabbalah #22: Yesod: Foundation

Kabbalah #22: Yesod: Foundation

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The sefirah of yesod anchors the world to its spiritual bedrock.

Kabbalah #23: Malchut: The Kingdom Within

Kabbalah #23: Malchut: The Kingdom Within

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The last sefirah is the most important because God uses it to act through His creation.

Kabbalah #24: Keter: The Sefirah that Isn't

Kabbalah #24: Keter: The Sefirah that Isn't

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Keter manifests itself in the world as inexplicable "will" that goes beyond reason or cause and effect.

The Strength to Constrict

The Strength to Constrict

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Understanding the power of the Tisha B’Av fast.

Snow: The Dark Side

Snow: The Dark Side

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The blizzard hits and life goes haywire. Understanding the mystical challenge can make it a gorgeous blanket of snow.

Why We Dance

Why We Dance

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"Dance is the hidden language of the soul." ~Martha Graham

Threadbare

Threadbare

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Is there any substance behind the latest fad: kabbalistic red strings?

Purim: The Holiday in Hiding

Purim: The Holiday in Hiding

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Revealing why the story of Purim is wrapped in a disguise and concealed behind a mask.

Dancing in the Streets_

Dancing in the Streets_

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The mystical roots of Tu B'Av -- one of the most important days of the Jewish year.

The Real You

The Real You

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What is the root of immortality and the soul?

The Soul #1 - Who Needs It?

The Soul #1 - Who Needs It?

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What is the function of the soul in this world?

The Soul #2 - What Do Souls Look Like?

The Soul #2 - What Do Souls Look Like?

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Understanding the five levels of soul and how they relate to man and creation.

The Soul #3 - Ten Sefirot

The Soul #3 - Ten Sefirot

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Understanding the building blocks of spiritual entities.

The Soul #4 - To Catch a Thief

The Soul #4 - To Catch a Thief

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An in-depth, Kabbalistic view of the makeup of the soul, and the impact of sin.

Exile and Redemption Part 1: Holy Sparks

Exile and Redemption Part 1: Holy Sparks

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Why have Jews been scattered to the four corners of the earth?

Holy Sparks #2: The Contractor Who Couldn't Say Good-Bye

Holy Sparks #2: The Contractor Who Couldn't Say Good-Bye

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Nobody wants to overstay his or her welcome. Jacob spends just enough time in exile to gather the sparks.

Holy Sparks #3: Soul Food

Holy Sparks #3: Soul Food

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By ingesting food, we feed our soul the holy sparks hidden within.

Holy Sparks #4: The Purpose of Creation

Holy Sparks #4: The Purpose of Creation

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The physical world contains latent sparks of holiness, waiting for us to draw them out.

Holy Sparks #5: Why Not Antarctica?

Holy Sparks #5: Why Not Antarctica?

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Some spots on earth are merely storage halls of Holy Sparks, until the time comes for each spark to be released.

From the Desert to the Holy Land - Current Events and Kabbalah: Part 2

From the Desert to the Holy Land - Current Events and Kabbalah: Part 2

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The Jews in Moses' time chose the barren desert over the Holy Land. Jews today are faced with the same fateful decision.

Climax of History - Current Events and Kabbalah: Part 3

Climax of History - Current Events and Kabbalah: Part 3

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The flow of world events, highlighted by the September 11 attacks, point to the dramatic culmination of history.

Mystical Autumn Leaves

Mystical Autumn Leaves

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As the trees shed their leaves, I search for a kabbalistic understanding: Why did God create a world where I need to do all this raking?

The Mystical White Snow

The Mystical White Snow

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The snowy streets are slippery and it's cold and wet. It's also a special time to get close to God.

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