Kabbalah & Jewish Mysticism
Perhaps you have heard that you shouldn't start learning Kabbalah until you're a certain age. It turns out that just because the 40-year rule was stated, doesn't mean people followed it.Read more
Texts and Traditions
After the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492.
A revered mystical commentary on the Torah.
The history of Jewish mysticism, up to and including the birth of Hasidism.
A relatively vivid image of God.
The Jewish mystical tradition is rich and diverse, and Jewish mysticism has taken many forms.
From an underground discipline to a mass phenomenon.
The academic study of Jewish mysticism was established by a single, ground-breaking scholar.
Today, Jewish mysticism is in many ways integrated into normative Judaism.
The problem of divine withdrawal inspires an alternate view of the universe.
Jewish Renewal uses under-appreciated mystical texts to engender spiritual meaning.
Ecstatic, transformative mystical experience.
These icons of Safed mysticism elaborated on the teachings of the Zohar.
The founder of Hasidism is shrouded in legend and mystery.
Hasidic master whose disciples refuse to appoint a successor--even two centuries after his death.
Founder of the Chabad school of Hasidism.
Books and People
By Lawrence Kushner
Kabbalistic tales of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.
This Hasidic thinker believed man should constantly be aware of God.
By Gershom Scholem
How much do you know about Jewish mystical contemplation and spirituality?