Mystical Relations

In this week’s SemioBytes episode, Terry and I (very) briefly discuss Kabbalah. I have written on Kabbalah on YidBrik and even published an essay with field research on the topic. Additionally, I host a podcast about Kabbalah from my Orthodox Chassidic-Yeshivish approach.

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It’s easy to misconstrue Kabbalah due to prevalent stereotypes (such as “Hollywood Kabbalah”). Kabbalah has historically existed since the time of Abraham. There is an unending depth to the details of this mystical component of Judaism, but the essence is that Kabbalah is not just a received tradition of connecting to the Infinite, but much more – Kabbalah is the why to the how and what of Judaism as well as being the manual on how to have a relationship with HaShem.

Recommended Further Reading:

  • Innerspace by Aryeh Kaplan
  • Jewish Meditation by Aryeh Kaplan
  • Pretty much every work by Aryeh Kaplan

There are many sources out there but I find Kaplan’s work to be the easiest to understand and connect with. My approach doesn’t lean as heavily on tradition and focuses on small things to help elevate individual moments. And now, my shameless plug…

Intrigued by Kabbalah? Try out my podcast:

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PS – this connects to the dissertation artifact for both Terry L. Rankin and myself, so we really would appreciate your questions!