is an ancient faith tradition, rich in myth and symbols, that dates back to
the 12th century. It is not a religious denomination; it is about improving
one’s life from a spiritual point of view.
Kabbalah, which stems from Jewish mysticism, is pronounced “kah-bah-LAH.”
It comes from the Hebrew root, “to receive or to accept.” Kabbalah
is a mystical and esoteric explanation of the Torah that reveals how the universe
and life itself works. Its spiritual power is universal and is intended for
all who seek personal fulfillment. According to Kabbalah.com, “It’s
the grand unified theory pursued by Einstein,” and “The original
instruction manual for life.” Followers of Kabbalah study many philosophical
questions such as: What is God? What is reality? Why was I born? What is the
purpose of my life? How can we understand God?
It is believed that when God gave Moses the written law of the Ten Commandments,
he also received oral wisdom and laws which were never written but only passed
down verbally through the generations. The main text of the Kabbalah is the
Old Testament however there are other texts which are said to contain enlightenment.
One of these is the Zohar, which literally translates as Radiance or Splendor.
In the tradition of Kabbalah, God is known as “ein sof”, which
means “the infinite.” Kabbalists have defined ten attributes of
the divine through which the divine is revealed to us, which they call sefirot.
There are ten sefirot:
- Chokhmah – wisdom
- Binah – understanding
- Daat – knowledge – also known as tree of life
- Chesed – kindness
- Gevurah – severity
- Tiferet – beauty
- Netzach – eternity
- Hod – glory
- Yesod – foundation
- Malkuth – kingship