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Mysteries and Truth

Mysteries and Truth

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Mysteries and Truth
We must listen to the Kabbala as if we have seen it ourselves.

"As we have heard, so we have seen." (Psalms 48:9)

Words of the kabbalistic mysteries of the Torah are celestial matters which no eye has seen besides that of G‑d. They are wondrous things.

This is because the secrets of Torah teach us about the Essence of G‑d and the aspects of that essence which He bestowed in the upper worlds - things which astonish and frighten those that hear of them. These things depend only on pure faith, not on reason - i.e. only on the pure faith that a person holds that these are words of truth.

Thus, the secret aspect of Torah is called "the way of truth" for two reasons: First, it is intrinsically true, for it is the truth of the Torah. Also, it is the reason behind the mitzvot, so that without the reasons provided by Kabbala, a great number of mitzvot cannot be ascribed to any root or reason. Thus, through the way of Kabbala, a person finds satisfaction with all of the Torah and its mitzvot.

Without the reasons provided by Kabbala, a great number of mitzvot cannot be ascribed to any root…

About the essence of the Kabbala, it says at the beginning of Pirkei Avot, "Moses received the Torah from Sinai and gave it to Joshua." In other words, it was transmitted as a tradition orally from one generation to another. In this regard, the holy Zohar always calls Moses "the faithful shepherd". [Faithfulness, here,] has two aspects: One, as we have written, is that Kabbala is the truth of the Torah and its mitzvot; the second is that a person must believe in his heart that the matter is pure truth, as if he saw it with his own eyes without any distortion.

One who does not believe this with complete faith should not attempt to study it nor interest himself in it in any way, as the kabbalists have warned. And so King David said: "As we have heard so we have seen", meaning that we have perfect faith in the receiving of the Way of Truth which is in our hands. That which we have heard and received through our ears is as if we had seen it with our eyes; there is no distinction here between hearing and seeing.

[Translated by M. Steinberger and E. Linas from Sha'arei Aruchah 40, as anthologized in Peninei Avir Ya'akov, p. 213]

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The Transmission of Kabbala (in the History section)

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Rabbeinu Yaakov Abuchatzeira (1807-1880) is the most famous of all the Moroccan kabbalists. He authored twelve books of or touching upon Kabbala. The inestimable "Baba Sali" of our century was his grandson.
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Benu Ma'at Bronx, NY via kabbalaonline.org October 20, 2015

Question What is the relationship between the teachings of Kabbala and those of the Ancient Mystery System of Africa? Reply

Tasha Jamaica August 30, 2013

god Why is it that they dont type the word GOD? Very questionable. Reply

Karen Joyce Chaya Fradle Kleinman Bell Riverside, CA, USA October 19, 2010

If we don't believe it we shouldn't study it? I study it so I can understand how it is others see it. I love Chabad, and the people, and love being there. But, some of the things said are nuts to me. So, if I can understand where the statements or stories come from, and the explanation behind them, then I can feel more comfortable among my own people. See? Reply

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles May 20, 2010

Re: names and terms Have you noticed the large text box in the column to the right, which explains how to get such explanations?
If this is not sufficiently helpful, please provide a few examples and we will get to work on it, G-d willing. Reply

Mr. Alan Miller via kabbalaonline.org April 11, 2010

Names and Terms I am finding a lot of names and terms that may be very familiar to the writers of these articles but are given no explanation for people like myself, who have not studied Torah and thus do not get the significance of the references. I think it would help that the writers be aware of that and give some short explanation of the meaning, at least in these beginning tutorials. Reply

Martha Bogotá, Colombia via kabbalaonline.org December 19, 2009

Misterios y verdades Es un articulo maravilloso que nos prepara para empezar a estudiar el camino de la Kabbalah. Reply

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