A brief history of Kabbalah classes

A brief history of Kabbalah. This series was done for the JLI "Torah Cafe" website and are being included here in audio only. This twenty minute clips provide history and the understanding of this history tracing Kabbalah back to the times of the prophets, the radical change by the members of the great assembly, rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's resurgence and so on.


Prophecy is mysticism.

Class Two.
Mysticism of the Prophets: the divine Chariots.



Class Three.
Sofrim and the Anshei Kneses HaGedola and "the reformation" away from Prophecy (spiritual and mystical) towards academics and law.



The onset of Kabbalah.

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and the Zohar.

Kabbalah's dark age.

The RaMbaN, Nachmonedes.

The Zohar reappears.

Rabbi Meir Ben Gabbai, The Avodas HaKodesh.

Rabbi Moshe Kordova. The Pardes Rimonim.

The great Arizal. Hakdamos and Kavanos. Tzimtzum, Kabbalah Ma'asis.

Rabbi Chayim Vital. The other students of the Arizal also write. The Shmona Sheurim.

Rabbi Yeshaya Halevi Horowitz.



The Chassidic Movement. Rabbi Yisroel Ba'al Shem Tov. The epicenter of Judaism is the Jew not Judaism. The lowest world is the point of everything.

Rabbi Schneer Zalman of Liadi, "The Alter Rebbe". Kabbalah with a philosophical form. We're closest to G_D on earth, Action is much more important than intent.



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