The potential for misuse and mental trauma led to restrictions on who could study Jewish mysticism.
This ancient mystical text introduced many concepts that would be more fully developed by the tradition of Kabbalah.
The maze-like path of the labyrinth, leading in and out of a sacred center, echoes an ancient kabbalistic idea.
Messianism in Chabad-Lubavitch challenges Jews of all denominations to consider the limits of Jewish theology.
A Hasidic spiritual leader believed to maintain a channel to God.
Founder of the Chabad school of Hasidism.
Sages & Scholars
Famous for his sayings, stories and charisma, this Hasidic leader inspired a movement that is still vibrant today.
The problem of divine withdrawal inspires an alternate view of the universe.
One strand of medieval kabbalah focused on achieving a transformative mystical experience.
This kabbalistic concept has been embraced by Jewish feminists.