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how do you follow Kabbalah if you're a teenager?

I am a teenage girl looking for a different religion. My family’s Catholic, and i don’t believe in it at all. Kabbalah truly interests me, but i don’t know how to start. Plus, is Judaism better than Kabbalah or is there similarities between the two?

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  1. Kabbalah isn’t a religion. It’s one of three things:
    1. A Jewish branch of mysticism and esoteric Torah understanding.
    2. A Hermetic set of symbols and the like usually used for some form of spiritual or magical purpose. Also, a mnemonic device in all those cases.
    3. A silly Hollywood cult that draws from no source material, and charges outrageous fees for what they say will “Protect you from evil.”

  2. Kabbalah is part of Judaism, and Jewish tradition. What you see goofy celebrities into
    is not the real thing. Look up Kabbalah For Dummies by Arthur Kurzwell.

  3. answer: 1) Kabbalah is NOT a religion
    2) what Madonna practices is not traditional Kabbalah
    3) Kabbalah is the study of the Torah through Jewish mysticism
    4) avoid the “Kabbalah Center” and paying $19.95 for a red string and specially “charged” water – that’s not traditional kabbalah

  4. Kabbalah is not a religion, it is Jewish mysticism. Without an understanding of Judaism and the scriptures Kabbalah is worthless.

  5. Why do you need a religion? If you believe in God, you don’t need to be in a religion just to love him, just become spiritual or whatever. Oh and my advice is to not go into a cult..because you will be brainwashed….^.^

  6. There is no religion ‘Kabbalah’. Kabbalah is mostly this:1)Zohar (Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai) explained by Raav Yehudah Ashlag(Baal Hasulam). 2)Etz Chaim (Chayim Vital, In the name of AriZal). 3)Shulchan Aruch Ha’arei (Chayim Vital, in the name of the AriZal). It is a part of Judaism. There are kids in my school that go to Kabbalah Centre which is all myth. The real Kabbalah was studied by Baba Sali, Abir Yacov, ARizal, Maran Beit Yosef….You must have mastered the hole Talmud, Shulchan Aruch, Mishnah. To have studied the Kabbalah it is not just some simple thing. It also has a restriction of being under 30.

  7. Hello Angela. It’s funny how similar your story is to mine. A year ago I was eighteen and have/had been considered catholic all of my life. I was never interested in my religion, I just went along with it because I had to. Around that time I had some questions about life and reality that my religion couldn’t answer. These questions led me to meditation techniques, religions, and even quantum physics.
    However, each time I would stumble upon something I thought was true, I eventually lost interest in it. Then, I stumbled upon this link: http://www.perceivingreality.com/. That link directed me to study the Wisdom of Kabbalah, which is actually a science, not a belief system. Kabbalah is for people who have a certain lack in their life, that can’t be satisfied by this world’s normal pleasures.
    I have been studying it for a year, and there are no requirements to study, besides an honest desire for it. There are many people of different races, religions, age, sex, and financial positions that study. Kabbalah can be studied online for free, on the online learning center. Below are links that will direct you to the learning center, and provide you with a little more info on what real Kabbalah is:
    http://bit.ly/atbzse **
    http://www.questionyourreality.com/
    http://www.illuzia.net/

  8. * HOME
    * Spirituality
    * Kabbalah 101
    * Kabbala #1 – What Is Kabbala?
    Kabbala is the Torah’s expression of the way the world works. Removed from its source, it’s a whole lot of rubbish. (First in a series.)
    by Rabbi Shimon Leiberman
    Most people have heard something or other about Kabbalah. But it is highly unlikely that what is going around in the general marketplace posing as Kabbalah is anywhere close to the real thing.
    What most people have been exposed to is a smorgasbord of pop psychology and self-help that pretends to have some connection to Jewish mysticism, but it rarely, if ever, does.
    It is easy to see how people are fooled. In most disciplines, you expect to know and understand something after studying it. But when it comes to mysticism, people expect to be mystified. So they are willing to accept incomprehensible mumbo-jumbo. Kabbalah is supposed to be mysterious and enigmatic. It’s mysticism after all!
    So much nonsense is presented in the name of Kabbalah, it is important to have some sort of forum where people can find the basic understandings that they crave.
    In this series, we will attempt to present the central ideas of Jewish mysticism in a methodical and intelligent manner, minimizing abstruse terminology and shying away from a sense of the incomprehensible.
    WHAT KABBALAH IS AND ISN’T
    In order to understand what Kabbalah is and what it isn’t, let us use the following illustration.
    A researcher sits in his lab examining all sorts of atomic phenomena. He smashes atoms at great speeds, and records what he sees happening. He is very meticulous in his work, and may even draw some immediate conclusions from the data at hand. But he leaves it at that.
    The kabbalist describes the abstract but we can still sense that there is a concrete and solid reality that he is grappling with.
    A great scientist picks up these notes, reads them and ponders their meaning. He begins to construct a mega-picture. He tries to envision what the entire system may be like. He knows that there are no instruments, nor can there be, to actually see the particles he imagines, and therefore he gropes for metaphors that will accurately connect the bits of data that the physicist collected. Thus, he begins to speak of “super strings,” “atomic tunnels,” “energy bridges,” and “ten dimensions.”
    A third person, who has a highly fertile mind but with no sense of science, is eavesdropping. His imagination has been fired and, in no time at all, he is carrying forth about people that have mysteriously disappeared in “atomic tunnels,” and unlimited sources of energy contained in various of the “ten dimensions.”
    These three people illustrate the different approaches to Kabbalah.
    The “data” or facts that Kabbalah deals with are the narrative of the Torah, and its entire body of religious law. The “researcher” represents a person who sees the laws and narrative as they are, understands their immediate meaning, but does not get the larger picture.
    The “great scientist” represents the Kabbalist who sees the various local points and then begins to get a feel for the greater picture. He needs metaphors to describe the abstract unity he perceives, and he is aware that this tool is likely to be vague and only approaching the understanding that he has acquired. Although limited by the tools at his disposal, the complex picture the great scientist communicates can still give us a sense of the reality that he is grappling with.
    And then there is the pseudo-Kabbalist — “the eavesdropper” — whose Kabbalah is basically unrelated to Torah, except perhaps as a springboard for his imagination. He has discovered “sources of energies,” “divine emanations,” and ways to “expand consciousness,” but it all stems from his fanciful illusions.

  9. I think it a good thing that you are looking for answers in places other then the Catholic church. I also was raised in a Catholic home and was completely frustrated. They were unable to give me the answers that I was looking for. Kabbalah has answered all of them, and then some 🙂 I have been studying Kabbalah for about 8 years or so and also teach my kids in this way. There is no religious dogma, it’s a personal journey and the Kabbalah teachers are always available.
    There is an amazing book http://store.kabbalah.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=life+rules for Teens that I think you should read first. There is also a toll free 1-800 # for you to call if you would like to speak to someone there.
    Kabbalah is a technology for the soul, not a religion – so You can also study Judism or anyother religion while still learning Kabbalah.
    Wishing you the best.

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