Mysticism

Mysticism

What Is Gematria?

Hebrew numerology, and the secrets of the Torah.

Mysticism

The Zohar

This influential work of Jewish mysticism continues to inspire spiritual seekers.

Quizzes

Kabbalah & Mysticism Quiz

How much do you know about this area of Jewish contemplation and spirituality?

Kabbalah & Mysticism 101

Jewish mysticism has taken many forms.

Who Was Shabbetai Zevi?

The kabbalistic false messiah who gained a mass following in the 17th century — until he converted to Islam.

Ask the Expert: Do I Have to be 40 to Study Kabbalah?

Why are there age limits on Torah learning?

Red String Bracelets: What’s the Jewish Significance?

Made famous by Madonna, these good-luck charms are part of a whole genre of folk traditions and superstitions.

Attitudes Toward Jewish Magic

Do Jews believe in magic -- and when?

Lecha Dodi

This hymn, sung to welcome the Sabbath, has mystical origins.

Nachman of Breslov

Hasidic master whose disciples refuse to appoint a successor--even two centuries after his death.

Hasidic Movement: A History

The founding and flourishing of Hasidism.

Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World

Tikkun Olam in Judaism has come to connote social action, community service, social justice, and often, a liberal social agenda.

The Baal Shem Tov

The founder of Hasidism is shrouded in legend and mystery.

Isaac Luria & Kabbalah in Safed

After the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, the center of kabbalistic study moved to the town of Safed in northern Palestine.

Jewish Amulets

Belief in the power of amulets persisted widely among Jews for many centuries, and still exists in some communities today.