What is Kabbalah?

In all of My sacred mountain, neither evil nor injustice shall be done; For the land shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD as water covers the sea. — Book of Isaiah, 11:9

In our 21st Century, we are experiencing a collective spiritual advancement which occurs in greater and greater measure as each individual human being becomes more and more acquainted with the ‘knowledge of the Lord’. This spiritual knowledge helps us see ourselves and others in a spiritual light. The social consequence of this ‘seeing’ is acceptance of other peoples as being like us, as friends. This acceptance of other peoples ushers in ‘The Age of Aquarius’; in Jewish Kabbalistic Astrology the keyword for Aquarius is, in Hebrew, “ohev’ meaning ‘friend’. (and love is ‘ahava‘).

Levi Krakovsky, author of Kabbalah, the Light of Redemption, wrote: “Kabbalah confirms that the Heavenly Light, when drawn from its supreme source, is the only substance which will unite the world into one loving, harmonious, eternal brotherhood.” — The Omnipotent Light Revealed – Wisdom of the Kabbalah, p. 47

Spiritual intelligence is the ability to see, understand and resolve spiritual problems and challenges with the help of God. To keep spiritual intelligence active is to act in ways that please God — no evil or injustice towards others. Pleasing God, brings one close to God — where evil and injustice cannot enter. Spiritual intelligence cannot be measured by taking a test — rather one’s soul is tested by God in many and diverse ways through which the soul is given opportunities for spiritual advancement; thus, the soul ultimately resembles and therefore is one with God.

What is Jewish Mysticism?

Judaism began with the reception of the Torah, the Hebrew Bible, by the Israelites, in the Hebrew month of Sivan (Gemini), in the year 2448 (1313 BCE). Kabbalah refers to the tradition of Jewish mysticism based on the names of God found in the Torah and the verses of the Torah, itself.

An important source for Kabbalah is a small book entitled Sefer Yetzirah. The importance of this sefer (book), since its appearance over a thousand years ago, can be seen from the fact that it is referred to, commented on, and mentioned in countless rabbinical works over the centuries up to our own times.

The Sefer Yetzirah besides its importance for Kabbalah, is also a primary source for Jewish Astrology. To understand these Kabbalah texts and to know what they are about essentially, it is necessary to understand the purpose of Judaism, and therefore of Jewish mysticism and Jewish Astrology. Broadly speaking, the Torah and Jewish mysticism speak to the dilemma of how to live a spiritual life in a material world. The goal of Jewish spirituality is to attach or join oneself with the Divine by shaping one’s behavior to emulate Divine characteristics, such as compassion and love for others. Needless to say, spirituality transcends gender, age, social status, and even religious affiliation or lack thereof. 

The video clip below shows Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, who translated and commented on the Sefer Yetzirah, in an interview with Dr. Russell Barber, TV host and producer.

Click “CC” for Closed Captions in English.