• Kabbalah

    Jewish culture does not know the term “mysticism”. But since Judaism does include currents which aim for an intimate closeness to God beyond rationality and logic and try to achieve this by certain practices, one can speak of Jewish mysticism in this context. Kabbalah, a set of teachings which tries to reveal the mysteries of the Torah, embodies this current.

    In so-called ecstatic or prophetic Kabbalah, the mystic literally immerses himself in the holy
    writing, that is, into the linguistic material of the Torah. He takes it apart into its components,
    arranges them into new combinations, and thus reveals the hidden names of God. The
    Kabbalists are less concerned with an ecstatic experience of God than the reinstatement of
    divine unity. Through their conduct the Kabbalists try to bring the ten divine emanations,
    the Sephirot, in harmony in themselves and in the world.

    It should be possible to achieve closeness to God not only through long years of study of
    the holy scriptures or an ascetic way of life. Hassidic representatives of the Kabbalist tradition
    encourage believers to address God in their everyday language and with joy in their hearts.

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