"Kabbalah's Secret Circles"
Jewish Mysticism & the 231 Gates
"Kabbalah's Secret Circles"
"Kabbalah's Secret Circles," is a comprehensive book by Robert E. Zucker that examines the practices, literature, legends and history of Jewish mysticism, Kabbalah, the Sefer Raziel and the Sefer Yetzirah. Instructions how to construct a Kabbalah Wheel to decipher the mystical 231 Holy Gates are provided.
This compilation of ancient instructions, lost and forgotten legends and insights to the practice of Kabbalah has over 700 footnotes with sources to original materials. Virtually all major Jewish and Christian Kabbalaists are covered withiin historical perspectives.
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In "Kabbalah's Secret Circles" discover the many lost and forgotten secrets of the Kabbalah through the words of famous Rabbi’s and authors throughout history.
Follow a historical time line of Judaic mysticism across thousands of years and understand some of the basic principles of the Kabbalah (Cabalah) through history and legends.
Devise your own Kabbalah Wheel to spin the legendary 231 Gates of combinations and permutations, as described in the ancient book on Jewish mysticism– the Sepher Yetzirah.
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Art work, "Spirits" (1976) by Robert Zucker. ©
What is the Kabbalah?
Jewish mysticism bridges the connection between the material and the mystical worlds in order to become spiritually closer to God.
For centuries, only a few learned rabbis and their followers practiced these mystical traditions and kept them hidden from the general public.
This collective knowledge, or tradition, became known as the Kabbalah. The word ‘Kabbalah’ (Q-B-L-H ? ? ? ? ) comes from the Hebrew word that means “reception” or “tradition” The Kabbalah is the Oral Tradition, or Oral Law, received by the ancient Jewish people.
The medieval term “cabal” described a circle of people who shared similar interests at the exclusion of outsiders– similar to a secret society.
This secretive knowledge was passed by word of mouth between those privileged few for thousands of years until it was first written down about 2,000 years ago. The advent of the printing press made it possible for the masses to eventually have access to these cryptic documents.
There is no one authoritative book on the Kabbalah. Since these teachings were originally transmitted verbally there were numerous interpretations. Each group put its own spin on the original concepts.
But, there is an underlying theme common among all of them embodied in the concept of the Tree of Life. The ancient manuscripts of the SEFER YETZIRAH, the BAHIR, the ZOHAR and SEFER RAZIEL are some of the most popular handbooks on Kabbalah that still exist today.
These works, including the TORAH, provide the cornerstones to understand this secretive, mystical practice. Some practitioners only focused on the religious aspects of the Tree of Life and its ten spheres.
Other groups practiced with mystic meditations, letter permutations, magical techniques and chants. Either way, they depended on the basic principles of the Kabbalah to achieve their goals.
While the true knowledge is buried deep in the Hebrew language, Christian Kabbalists of the Middle Ages introduced these concepts into the Western world. Jewish Kabbalists followed to the original traditions, Christian Cabalists interpreted the Semitic teachings through the veil of their own religious views.
But, Kabbalah is not a religion. The Kabbalah is based on virtual ideas, images and relationships. It is a meditative look into one’s soul and into the reflection of a greater energy.
Understanding the deeper, symbolic meaning of each of the 22 Hebrew letters is key. Rather than rehash the fundamental principles of the Kabbalah, from the many books mentioned in this volume, this book explores the development of Jewish mysticism and the Kabbalah through a historical time line.
A full road map of authors, Jewish authorities and various published editions of the SEFER YETZIRAH from ancient times to present day are included in this survey.
While the Kabbalah is complex to understand for many lay people, there are basic principles that everyone can understand. They are revealed in the words of the some of the most famous rabbis in the Jewish religion.
At the end of this volume is the text from SEFER YETZIRAH– the book that greatly influenced Jewish thought over the centuries. Instructions to assemble a simple, but ancient device, I call a Kabbalah Wheel, to encode the multitude of combination of the Hebrew alphabet, are also published at the end.
Also included are copies of the original, personal notes from my studies used over the decades to map this path across time.
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Robert E. Zucker is an author, publisher and former college instructor in journalism. He has studied and taught courses on Kabbalah since the late 1970s.
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