by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
When we talk about kabbalah directly, or highly spiritual events, people get uncomfortable. We start to get comments and emails where people directly question aspects of Judaism because of kabbalistic exposure. There is a good reason kabbalah has traditionally not been learned until the student is 40, and well grounded in traditional Jewish topics (Torah, Mishnah, Halacha, etc.)
The mysticism we've traditionally discussed has been kabbalistic concepts as presented through chassidus. Chassidus does an excellent job in both making kabbalistic concepts more easily graspable, and fitting them better into a systemic spiritual context expanding Jewish belief to greater depths. But some concepts and ideas aren't there, and some warrant direct discussion.
But then we come back to point 1. We try to be very careful and sensitive - but it's kabbalah. Sometimes it's neither.
However, on the other side, there are plenty of people spewing a variety of stuff being labeled kabbalah and Jewish mysticism. Often it's neither, and if it has some truth it's truth mixed with many foreign concepts - treif.
What do you think? Should we be posting the occasional straight-up kabbalah article, or avoiding it?
Thursday, February 26, 2009
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