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Kabbalah


Kabbalah is a discipline and school of thought concerned with the mystical aspect of Judaism. It is a set of esoteric teachings that is meant to explain the relationship between an infinite, eternal and essentially unknowable Creator with the finite and mortal universe of His creation. In solving this paradox, Kabbalah seeks to define the nature of the universe and the human being, the nature and purpose of existence, and various other ontological questions. Kabbalah originally developed entirely within the realm of Jewish thought and constantly uses classical Jewish sources to explain and demonstrate its esoteric teachings.

According to the traditional understanding, Kabbalah dates from Eden. It came down from a remote past as a revelation to elect Tzadikim (righteous people), and, for the most part, was preserved only by a privileged few. Talmudic Judaism records its view of the proper protocol for teaching this wisdom, as well as many of its concepts, in the Talmud, Tractate Hagigah, Ch.2.

The Sefirot are the ten emanations and attributes of God with which He continually substains the universe in existence. The Sephirot are considered revelations of the Creator’s will (ratzon), and they should not be understood as ten different “gods” but as ten different ways the one God reveals his will through the Emanations.

Altogether 11 sephirot are named. However Keter and Daat are unconscious and conscious dimensions of one principle, conserving 10 forces. The names of the Sephirot in descending order are:

  • Keter (supernal crown, representing above-conscious will)
  • Chochmah (intellect of wisdom)
  • Binah (intellect of understanding)
  • Daat (intellect of knowledge)
  • Chesed (sometimes referred to as Gedolah-greatness) (emotion of lovingkindness)
  • Gevurah (sometimes referred to as Din-justice or Pachad-fear) (emotion of severity/strength)
  • Tiferet (emotional balance of harmony/beauty-Representing compassion)
  • Netzach (emotion of victory/eternity)
  • Hod (emotion of glory/splendour)
  • Yesod (emotion of foundation)
  • Malkuth (emotion of kingship)
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