Kabbalah: A Brief Definition
|Kabbala is an ancient Jewish tradition integral to the Torah
Often referred to as the "soul" of the Torah, the Kabbalah is an ancient Jewish tradition which teaches the deepest insights into the essence of G-d, His interaction with the world, and the purpose of Creation. Kabbalah teaches the essential Jewish cosmology, integral to all other Torah disciplines. Sometimes called "the Inner Torah" or the "Wisdom of Truth", it offers a comprehensive overall structure and plan for the universe, as well as a detailed understanding of the particulars of our lives. The student of Kabbalah is made aware of the personal as well as the collective rectification process and is encouraged to play an active part in it.
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Baruch Emanuel Erdstein is an associate editor of KabbalaOnline.org, a student of the Kabbalah and father of a growing family. Originally from Detroit, he has been in Israel for most of the last ten years, and is now a resident of the Old City of Safed. He has an honors degree in anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has worked in cross-cultural and Jewish education for about ten years.
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