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Kabbalah in Judaism


The Torah contains many stories of mystical experiences, from visitations by angels to prophetic dreams and visions to wandering souls and reincarnation. The Talmud contains hints of a mystical school of thought that was taught only to the most advanced students. In the middle ages, many of these teachings were committed to writing in books like the Zohar. Like most aspects of Jewish belief, the area of mysticism is open to personal interpretation. Some traditional Jews take mysticism very seriously. Mysticism is an integral part of Chasidic Judaism and passages from Kabbalistic sources are routinely included in traditional prayer books. Other traditional Jews take mysticism with a grain of salt. One prominent Orthodox Jew, when introducing a speaker on the subject of Jewish mysticism, said, "it's nonsense, but it's Jewish nonsense, and the study of anything Jewish, even nonsense, is worthwhile."
 
The mystical school of thought came to be known as Kabbalah, meaning "to receive or accept tradition." This body of wisdom has been developed over the centuries by people of many faiths and beliefs and its universal applicability gives the Kabbalah continued power and relevance today.


Larry Terkel

Larry Terkel
Along with his wife Susan, Larry founded The Spiritual Life Society, an inter-denominational center for spiritual and holistic studies, where he teaches yoga and meditation and gives weekly talks. As its licensed minister, Larry has officiated at over 2,000 weddings for couples of all faiths. He is also the founder of Temple Beth Shalom, in Hudson, Ohio.

Larry and Susan are co-authors of the book, Small Change: It's the LITTLE Things in Life That Make a BIG Difference! (Tarcher/Penguin) a finalist for the 2004 National Books for a Better Life Award.

Larry's websites: www.larryterkel.com, www.secretstomeditation.com