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 TraditionsIsaac Luria & Kabbalah in Safed
After the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492.The Zohar's Influence
A revered mystical commentary on the Torah.Kabbalah and Hasidism
The history of Jewish mysticism, up to and including the birth of Hasidism.Ezekiel's Vision
A relatively vivid image of God.Kabbalah and Mysticism 101
The Jewish mystical tradition is rich and diverse, and Jewish mysticism has taken many forms.
Modern InsightsMysticism Renewed
From an underground discipline to a mass phenomenon.Gershom Scholem & the Study of Mysticism
The academic study of Jewish mysticism was established by a single, ground-breaking scholar.Mysticism in Modern Times
Today, Jewish mysticism is in many ways integrated into normative Judaism.The Theology of Chabad
The problem of divine withdrawal inspires an alternate view of the universe.Jewish Renewal
Jewish Renewal uses under-appreciated mystical texts to engender spiritual meaning.
Major ThinkersAbraham Abulafia
Ecstatic, transformative mystical experience.Joseph Caro & Moses Cordovero
These icons of Safed mysticism elaborated on the teachings of the Zohar.The Baal Shem Tov
The founder of Hasidism is shrouded in legend and mystery.Nahman of Bratslav
Hasidic master whose disciples refuse to appoint a successor--even two centuries after his death.Shneur Zalman of Liady
Founder of the Chabad school of Hasidism.
Books and PeopleThe Way Into the Jewish Mystical Tradition
By Lawrence KushnerThe Rebbe's Stories
Kabbalistic tales of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.Dov Baer of Mezhirech
This Hasidic thinker believed man should constantly be aware of God.Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism
By Gershom ScholemQuiz Yourself
How much do you know about Jewish mystical contemplation and spirituality?