Your First Course in Kabbalah – Episode 1

Kabbalah: A Basic Overview

Lesson 1 of 5

Lecture running time: 25 min
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What is in this lesson? 
  • 3 reasons why Kabbalah is called “the hidden science.”
  1. Purposeful concealment of the science by Kabbalists themselves.
  2. Kabbalists wrote all their texts in a special language: “the language of branches.”
  3. Kabbalah studies what is hidden from our inborn perception. 
  • The 11 most popular misrepresentations of Kabbalah, and why Kabbalah is not any of these:

  • Jewish Mysticism
  • Religion
  • Mysticism
  • Magic
  • That you have to be Jewish to study Kabbalah
  • That you have to had mastered preliminary wisdom before studying Kabbalah
  • Holy water
  • Amulets
  • Red strings
  • A means for protection
  • The same as Eastern teachings
  • The only requirement for studying Kabbalah is a sincere desire to discover the meaning of life.
  • Kabbalah studies how our life and our world has been created, and how to achieve connection with our life’s source, the totality of reality.

Note: When you finish this entire “Your First Course in Kabbalah” series, you can continue these video lessons at Kabbalah TV, by going to the category on the right side of the page titled “Kabbalah Revealed – Full” – and starting from #6, “The Screen.”

Anthony Kosinec introduces “what Kabbalah is” and “what Kabbalah isn’t” in this overview of some of its basic concepts, and the difference between authentic Kabbalah and how Kabbalah is popularly viewed. He speaks from the perspective of “practical Kabbalah,” as taught today by Rav Michael Laitman, PhD.

Essentially, this is the process of how to reveal Kabbalah’s hidden aspect: the Upper Worlds—what is hidden behind our five senses. Kosinec explains that understanding the Kabbalistic “language of branches” is the key to starting a practical application of Kabbalah. He also puts across that a misunderstanding of this language is the reason Kabbalah has been misinterpreted in myriad ways—as religion, mysticism, magic, and many others—and that the key to start applying Kabbalah practically is to first understand that its language only describes the Upper Worlds: higher levels of consciousness completely removed from everything we receive through our five senses.

From this basis, one can begin learning what one can do in order to attain these higher levels of consciousness.


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