Kabbalah seems to be in style today, along with all sorts of Eastern spirituality, mysticisms, and various forms of meditation. Many people are left wondering about the authenticity of Kabbalah, about whether or not it offers a way to circumvent the strictures of adhering to a Torah lifestyle, and whether or not it is indeed a real part of the Jewish tradition. There are three Morasha shiurim on Kabbalah. This first class addresses the definition of Kabbalah, its authenticity, and the prerequisites for its study. The shiur also discusses how the revealed Torah offers tremendous depth and opportunity for personal and spiritual development without the study of Kabbalah. Finally, two books are suggested for students seeking to study introductory Kabbalah with a qualified mentor.