How can we get a glimpse of God? Kabbala reveals how the Infinite interacts with humanity.
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.)
A Kabbalistic concept explaining the multiplicity of God's manifestations in the world helps us see how God is truly One.
Ten Sefirot are not "ten" by chance -- their number helps us understand the design of the entire world.
Prayer lifts us above a fragmented world, where we turn our focus to only One God, whose many attributes make up one cohesive union.
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.
Out of the Ten Sefirot, chochmah, wisdom is the trait which allows creating something out of nothing, for it truly comes from "nowhere."
The second of the Ten Sefirot -- binah – is the womb where raw understanding is developed and processed.
The third of the Ten Sefirot -- daat -- allows flashes of inspiration, once processed, to be brought to fruition.
The fourth of the Ten Sefirot -- chesed -- precedes all others because it is the only one that is unconditional and unmotivated.
The fifth of the Ten Sefirot -- gevurah -- is the second sefira of action and one which brings strict justice into the world.
Chesed-kindness and gevurah-strength work in tandem, defining God's interaction with the world as a right/left pull/push phenomenon.
Creation of raw matter is an act of chesed-kindness. Giving form to creation requires the restraint of gevurah-strength.
The sefirot of "action" engender love and fear on our part, the two "wings" which we need to soar up to the heavens.
Of the Ten Sefirot, tiferet -- which literally means "beauty" or "glory" -- is the most central as it mediates between chesed ("kindness") and gevurah ("strength").
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The sefirah of yesod, "foundation," translates spiritual concepts into actions that unite us with God.
The sefirah of yesod anchors the world to its spiritual bedrock.
The last sefirah is the most important because God uses it to act through His creation.
Keter manifests itself in the world as inexplicable "will" that goes beyond reason or cause and effect.
The blizzard hits and life goes haywire. Understanding the mystical challenge can make it a gorgeous blanket of snow.
Is there any substance behind the latest fad: kabbalistic red strings?
Revealing why the story of Purim is wrapped in a disguise and concealed behind a mask.
The mystical roots of Tu B'Av -- one of the most important days of the Jewish year.
Understanding the five levels of soul and how they relate to man and creation.
Understanding the building blocks of spiritual entities.
An in-depth, Kabbalistic view of the makeup of the soul, and the impact of sin.
Why have Jews been scattered to the four corners of the earth?
Nobody wants to overstay his or her welcome. Jacob spends just enough time in exile to gather the sparks.
By ingesting food, we feed our soul the holy sparks hidden within.
The physical world contains latent sparks of holiness, waiting for us to draw them out.
Some spots on earth are merely storage halls of Holy Sparks, until the time comes for each spark to be released.
The Jews in Moses' time chose the barren desert over the Holy Land. Jews today are faced with the same fateful decision.
The flow of world events, highlighted by the September 11 attacks, point to the dramatic culmination of history.
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?