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This is a series of ten essays on the basic ideas that lay the groundwork for all advanced concepts in Kabbalah. They are the fundamentals. Before someone can truly understand things like angels, magic, and spiritual forces, he/she needs some background.

A more thorough version of this course is published as “A Map of the Universe: An Introduction to the Study of Kabbalah” and can be ordered through Xlibris.com at a discount or for the regular price from Amazon.com, or BarnesandNoble.com


  1. Some thoughts on Moshiach

    Some thoughts on Moshiach Throughout our long and sometimes bitter exile, the Jewish people have yearned for Moshiach, a person who will inspire the masses to do teshuva, and make the world the kind of place it could be, with love and chesed all around. There were times when a special charismatic or holy person, like ... Read more...
  2. What is Kabbalah?

    This is a series of ten essays on the basic ideas that lay the groundwork for all advanced concepts in Kabbalah. They are the fundamentals. Before someone can truly understand things like angels, magic, and spiritual forces, he/she needs some background. A more thorough version of this course is published as “A Map of the Universe: ... Read more...
  3. Man is a microcosm of the Universe

    Even though, in writing these essays, my attempt is to elucidate the basics, they are not meant to define THE first steps in the mystical tradition. This is merely one approach. In fact, you may find more basic concepts than these. However, these concepts are not merely basic but also foundational, and part and parcel ... Read more...
  4. Israel, the Torah and God are all One

    The enigmatic title of this chapter is a quote from the book called the Zohar. It’s the most famous kabbalistic treatise, and most Kabbalah that is studied these days is based on it. It is attributed to a sage from Talmudic times named Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (about 170 C.E.) Israel is the name given to ... Read more...
  5. The Purpose of Creation is to Be One with God

    Practical and mystical Judaism converge on this point. Man’s most essential question as a living human being is “Why are we here?”. Every thinking person must ask this question sooner or later. The Torah’s answer to this question is the very heart and soul of everything in the Torah. What could possibly be the point ... Read more...
  6. Our World is Traveling Towards It’s Destiny

    Astronomers and other scientists say that life on earth has a finite amount of time to exist. There are different scenarios, but it seems inevitable there will be an end to life on Earth. There’s something slightly emotionally disturbing about the thought of the end of mankind even if it’s off in the future and ... Read more...
  7. The Spiritual World Responds to the Physical World

    Some call it – karma. Others say, “What comes around, goes around.” We often see an uncanny tit for tat in everyday events. Someone who’s known to gossip may get a toothache. Another who donates to charities may get an unexpected windfall. This is a rule of the spiritual world. Just as the physical world ... Read more...
  8. All of Mankind is Interwoven and Interdependent

    Man was meant to live forever. We were originally created and designed to be a spiritual /physical unity that has an infinite connection with our Creator, and does not die. This is hard to fathom given the biological reality we live with. Death is the one thing that all mortals consider inevitable. How did the ... Read more...
  9. Good and Bad Things Happen to All People

    A principle that is part of the philosophical underpinnings of Kabbalah is the recognition that God is not only the creator of our reality, but He also is in control of everything in existence. This implies that all events that occur are either caused by His command or at least allowed to occur by His ... Read more...
  10. Life is filled with challenges, lessons, and “tikkunim”

    Since this world is the corridor to the next, and our experience in the next world is dependent on our spiritual growth in this world, then it’s clear that the purpose of life is only achieved through meaningful personal change. If we hide from, shirk, ignore, or pass by the challenges that life offers, we ... Read more...