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Kabbalah on the World Wide Web?

Kabbalah on the World Wide Web?

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Kabbalah on the World Wide Web?
Why publicize this ancient as well as previously secret wisdom?

There has been a remarkable interest in the subject of Kabbalah of late. Indeed, a New York Times study indicates that mysticism and especially Kabbalah is the number two category of book purchase made at present. Kabbalah centers are springing up all over North America and Europe. Many of those Jews studying Kabbalah are unfamiliar with other basic Jewish ideas…

Some see this phenomenon as a passing fad, others as a golden opportunity. It is undoubtedly true that many of those Jews studying Kabbalah are unfamiliar with other basic Jewish ideas or requirements. Nevertheless, they have for the first time in their lives chosen to positively identify with overtly Jewish teachings.

What exactly are they learning and what choices are there?

There are a number of groups teaching Kabbalah. Some offer a Judeo-Christian version of Kabbalah, some offer pagan or new-age experiences, others offer an instant fix, self-help type of program. One of the main study texts is the Zohar, even though most participants don't know the alef-bet, let alone the vocabulary. It seems that many groups encourage the gazing at the Aramaic as a mystical psycho-spiritual curative! The beauty of Jewish experience is the harmonious fusion of the spiritual buds above with the physical flowerings below…

Some of these programs are costly to attend, and you must have all the books on the recommended reading list. The vast majority of available texts are written by people detached from Jewish observance, and show a shameful lack of understanding of genuine kabbalistic literature.

If people had access to accurate and honest translations of the source texts and clear commentaries, it would break the stereotype that observant Judaism in all its facets is not, as many would have us think, a close-minded shtetl/ghetto existence with countless restrictions and punishments and no time for enjoyment, enlightenment or free expression. On the contrary, the beauty of Jewish experience is the harmonious fusion of the spiritual buds above with the physical flowerings below. And that to be a mitzvah-Jew is of immense significance in the Supernal plan. This message can be strongly brought out in the particular style of commentary and the way it speaks to the reader.

At Kabbalaonline, we draw from writers and translators with a wide variety of backgrounds. Some are chasidim, some are scientists, some are rabbis, some are poets. All the sources we draw from understand Kabbalah within the greater context of Awe of G‑d and Jewish Law.

Rabbi Perets Auerbach, originally from New York, has been living and learning Torah and kabbala in Jerusalem for 18 years. He teaches at Shvu Ami beit medrash, lectures in Kabbalah and chassidut at the Jerusalem Connection and Heritage House and to private groups. Rabbi Auerbach is also a talented musician. He is currently working on an all new translation of the Zohar into English with extensive commentary as well as a musical CD entitled "Music, Meditation and Mysticism."
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November 17, 2015
Re: from New Jersey
see if any of the addresses on this page work for you:
www.kabbalaonline.org/472784
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Tzefat, Israel
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June 30, 2015
I am from nj am would like to work with a teacher . Any recommendations ? Stargrl1019@gmail.com
Anonymous
Nj
February 3, 2013
When was
"There has been a remarkable interest in the subject of Kabbalah of late." Exactly when was this?
Denise Raterta
Dumaguete, Philippines
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November 12, 2012
great website
Anonymous
Almere, Netherlands
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October 22, 2012
False Kabbalah Concerning
Some offer a Judeo-Christian version of Kabbalah, some offer pagan or new-age experiences, others offer an instant fix, self-help type of program. There are books related to this statement which are alien to real Kabbalah & instead are relative to the dark side occult practices which are misleading people. Uneducated people assume Kabbalah is a type of magic which is concerning since what these groups portray is non Biblical. These non Jewish groups assume they can perform all kinds of magic for power and control. They advertise workshops on how to use the magic of Kabblalah. As a result non Jews assume that Jews are magicians with magical powers. As a Jew one has to countreract all this false Kabbalah publicly.
Anonymous
Penticton, Canada
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October 22, 2012
Via video conferencing
Kabbalah classes are also available via video-conferencing. contact Rabbi Moshe Miller at moshemiller@yahoo.com
Moshe Miller
Chicago, USA
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