Texts and Traditions

Isaac 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 Insights

Mysticism 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 Thinkers

Abraham 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 People

The Way Into the Jewish Mystical Tradition

By Lawrence Kushner

The 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 Scholem

Quiz Yourself

How much do you know about Jewish mystical contemplation and spirituality?