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Beginning Kabbalah

Beginners Start Here

Beginners Start Here

Beginner Beginner
Beginners Start Here
Beginning Kabbalah

Wondering where to begin learning the complex and mysterious inner dimensions of Torah, known as Kabbala? Our Introductory folder is a great place to start. It has three sections:

The articles in "What is Kabbala?" folder explain just that, and also why we need to study Kabbala and who can do so.

The "History" section presents a number of timelines, articles on the development of Kabbala and others that answer several common misconceptions.

In the "First Steps" section, many basic mystical concepts and terms are defined and explained, from a few different perspectives.

The articles listed below have been made into a "Kabbala for Beginners" tutorial. These articles will introduce you to the basic concepts elaborated in Kabbala, help you find your bearings and prepare you for the great journey that lies ahead. After completing this tutorial, you will be familiar with the basics of kabbalistic thought, its revelation and development. Then as long as you have a teacher to guide you further, you will be well prepared to wend your way further into the inner secrets of Jewish mysticism. To access the tutorial, go to the first article in the list, Kabbala: A Brief Definition. After reading it, follow the link at the bottom of the page to the next article in the tutorial series.

In the "What is Kabbala" section:
Kabbala: A Brief Definition
The Need to Learn Kabbala
Uniqueness of Jewish Mysticism
Two Categories of Kabbala
Mysteries and Truth

In the "History" section:
The Transmission of Kabbala
Revealing the Concealed
The Time Has Come

In the "First Steps" section:
Power(s) of the Soul
Transforming Worlds
Levels of Soul Consciousness

The "Worlds" article series, beginning with
Worlds 1: Oneness and the Infinite

The "Sefirot" article series, beginning with
Sefirot 1: Worlds and Emanations

The above articles are highly recommended - there are many more interesting articles in the Introductory section, so don't feel you have to limit yourself to these.

In addition, please visit our series introducing the Zohar: The Rose, beginning with Introduction to the Rose.

Also, in the "Safed Teachings" section, the "Ari Basics" series is quite worthwhile and approachable, beginning with Ari Basics: Introduction.

When you are ready to supplement your online journey with offline reading, check out our Recommended Reading Lists. Bon voyage!

S. Kopp is a member in good standing of the Kabbala Online team, and has been living, working and learning in the Holy City of Safed for ten years.
The Zohar is a basic work of Kabbalah authored by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and his students (2nd century CE). English translation of annotated selections by Rabbi Moshe Miller (Morristown, N.J.: Fiftieth Gate Publications, 2000) includes a detailed introduction covering the history and basic concepts of Kabbalah. Volume 1 (36 pp.) covers the first half of the first of the original’s three volumes. It is available online from our store, KabbalaOnline Shop.
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Anthony July 25, 2017

what are the best books to get when studying the tradition! I think the zohar 1-23 vol 2 might be cool! Reply

Rabbi Moshe Miller Chicago via June 27, 2017

Unfortunately I'm not aware of any Spanish translation. Perhaps Google translate would do an adequate job. Reply

Dave April 23, 2017

Teacher? This article says "Then as long as you have a teacher to guide you further, you will be well prepared to wend your way further into the inner secrets of Jewish mysticism"... but doesn't say how/where to find said teacher? Reply

Crystal springfield , MO via October 30, 2015

Spanish Where could I find this exact teaching translated in Spanish? Reply

Batsheva Bat-Israel April 9, 2015

Please we need this page in Spanish! Reply

Channi Huirwitz Moshav Yanuv, Israel via February 19, 2015

kabbalah for beginners I am very excited to see this site and look forward to the journey ahead.My grandson is at the Chabad Yeshiva in Tsfat and if there are any happenings in Tsfat i would be only to happy to join,provided I know well in advance and can organise my work schedul accordingly.
Keep warm this shabbat and shabbat Shalom Reply

Rabbi Moshe Miller Chicago, IL USA via October 13, 2014

Online kabbabalah lessons Online kabbalah twice a week with Rabbi Moshe Miller using WizIQ virtual classroom. No charge. Contact at Currently teaching Topics in Kabbalah and Kabbaliatic Psychology Reply

steve vaughn douglasville, georgia via September 22, 2014

humanity As always I am in search of light, my journey leads me to study the Kabbala Reply

Amichai Schneller September 3, 2014

Kabbalah I find it distracting when people with phd's, or any other accumulation of knowledge, that comes in the many forms of certificates to be hung on a wall, are just titles that parade a sense of know-it-all ego to the one who seeks Kabbalah.
Their accumulated degrees of information, are mostly irrelevant to the study of self, or the Zohar...and have been created as a false system of learning.
We can all leave our degrees behind us, and approach Kabbalah in a more modest way. Learn Torah first!!!! Reply

Rabbi Moshe Miller Chicago, IL/USA via October 27, 2013

Online Teaching Live lessons in Kabbalah twice a week by Rabbi Moshe Miller, a kabbalahonlilne contributor, author and former Rosh Yeshivah. No charge. Contact at Reply

Eddie Omens San s July 18, 2013

Red string What's with the red string? Reply

Shawn Los Angeles, CA via January 8, 2013

Learning via SKYPE I am also very much interested in learning via Skype Reply

Eduardo Farfan Caracas, Venzuela via October 23, 2011

Felicitaciones Felicitaciones por esta pagina WEB...Que EL ETERNO o bndiga... Reply

Anonymous Kwahu-Tafo July 17, 2011

Kabbbala I want to know more about Kabbala Reply

Sipho Simon Dlamini Durban, South Africa via December 5, 2010

Kabbalah is the first direct way linking God and man and unifying nations into the future world! (ZEPHANIA Chapter 3 verse 9) Reply

Starr De Luna Columbia, SC October 27, 2010

To willing teacher- above post by ARON, MANC. ARON, would you email me your skype number and some information about yourself, if you are truly willing to teach Kabbalah through Skype? Thank you for your time. Reply

Anonymous Miississauga, On/Canada October 23, 2010

Kabballa, Zohar and Mystical Judaism. Very informativ, and systematic approach.
Easy to understand and easy to follow. Reply

Aron Manc. October 19, 2010

skype i would be willing to teach through skype Reply

fred Nigeria July 12, 2017
in response to Aron:

I will be willing to learn kabbalah, first contact me through WhatsApp +234 08038406940,thanks Reply

Starr De Luna Columbia, SC July 29, 2010

Teacher I agree a teacher through SKYPE would be very beneficial to those serious learners who do not live anywhere near a teacher or learning center. Reply

Anonymous Athens, Greece via July 22, 2010

learning the upperworld is there anyway that one can have a teacher who would be willing to teach through skype? It could be a great help. Reply

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