Superstitions, astrology, palmistry, sorcery, and other esoteric practices undoubtedly have the power to fascinate but which, if any, have the power to alert or predict destiny? The question has occupied the minds of scholar and layman alike from time immemorial, but far more pressing is the question of halachic permissibility of delving into mysticism and... Read more »
Many people are surprised to learn that Judaism actually affirms belief in reincarnation, whereby the soul returns to the world to live a new life, a doctrine usually associated with Eastern religions. In reality, though, it should not seem so surprising. The basic concepts underlying reincarnation are fundamental to Jewish outlook, such as the eternity... Read more »
Having examined some of the basic teachings of Kabbalah, we will now explore how Kabbalah elucidates both the Torah narratives and its mitzvot, and how it can affect the practical application of halachah (Jewish law). Both the Torah’s narratives and its mitzvot can be understood on many levels, and Kabbalah offers profound insights that literally... Read more »