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Kabbalah Why was it originally believed that Kabbalah Should Only be Studied By?

Men 40yrs and older married with children who had studied the Torah
and not open it up to the rest of the world ?


  1. Probably for the same reason that the original “Christian” church had the doctrine that the laity should not be given access to the “holy scriptures” — presumably because they believed that a little learning can be a dangerous thing and that only “wise men” could accurately interpret and teach.

  2. Dont know if it’s true but I heard that if you are not spiritually advanced enough the Kabbalah could make you insane.

  3. the biggest reason is that it requires extensive torah study and life perspective to understand properly.
    as in, if you don’t understand torah well, you might misunderstand what it says/
    if you don’t have the perspective of being grown and settled, you might not understand what it says properly.
    these things are very important and complex, it is NOT a laymen’s area of study.
    some things require an educated mind to comprehend properly, simply out of complexity and depth.
    if someone handed an elementary school student a calculus book, would you expect the student to be able to understand it? one in a million might, out of being some math genius or having understood things inherently somehow, but usually… it just wouldn’t make any sense at all to the kid, and might confuse them or interrupt the learning of what they SHOULD have been learning.
    what you are wanting is equivalent to handing calculus books out to elementary school students.

  4. One word:
    That’s your answer.
    Actually, most Orthodox Jews still believe that those basic parameters (besides gendar) are mandatory.

  5. People were intentionally discouraged from studying Kabbalah as humanity was not ready for it yet.
    The wisdom of Kabbalah was developed for the time when humanity has reached the state of its evolution, when people can start using their free choice, and start fulfilling the purpose of their lives.
    This ancient practical method can teach people about the reality they live in, and the role they have to play, and goal they have to achieve.
    The time is now, we are the “last generation” which means from now on the whole of humanity is free to use the tools the wisdom of Kabbalah is offering for us to elevate our existence onto a higher level, and build a better sustainable future for all of us.
    I hope it helps, all the best.

  6. It was not originally a requirement. It became a requirement by way of it being suggested to not waste time (a limited knowledge of Torah would make the Kabbalah impractical). That requirement was lifted by later Kabbalists, but kept in place by Orthodox Jews who are more prone to keeping tradition versus evolving. <--- Not judging, just saying.

  7. Actually, the requirements for studying the major areas in Kabbalah such as the Merkavah (the chariot that Yechezkiel saw) and Maaseh Bereishit (the intricacies behind the creation of the world) are far more stringent than that and are found in the Talmud in Masechta Chagigah.
    The reason behind it is that studying Kbbalah wihtout the proper background can be very misleading. Their is a story in the Talmud of Rabbi Akivah who enetered the Orchard with four students (orchard is a play on words- the four methods of studying Torah are Pshat, Remez, Drash and Sod- putting the first letter of these together renders the word Pardes- Orchard- the last part of which Sod- is the term that the Talmud uses for Kabbalah). When he netered the Orchard- one student left and later returned as he was not ready for the knowledge (and became a great rabbi after that), one died as his soul reached its ultimate potential for that point of time, one went mad with what he learned and the fourth started a new religion after misunderstanding what the Kabbalah said about Metatron, the most powerful of the angels- and saw him as a second deity rather than as a mere servant. The point of the story is not in the details- but in the fact that the normal safe guards to Kabbalah study were not followed- normally it is only taught one one one- one student and one teacher, to make sure that it is properly understood. The students should be ready for it and have enough understanding to discern some of it for themselves- with the teacher only outlinging where they need to focus- and the students need to have the correct moral character- the one who started a new religion (only refered to as Acher “another” is said to have immersed himself in the study of foreign religions and neglected study of Torah- and thus why he was led into such false notions). In short- anyone can study Kabbalah, but teachers will only take on those who are ready for it (anyone can go into a bookstore and purchase the volumes)- but only those who are ready for it are going to derive any benefit from its stidy- others will either gain nothing or be harmed.
    As for Michael Laitman and his Bnei Brak institute- it may not be as harmful as Phillip Berg and his Kabbalah Centre, but it is just as fake. Neither of the men or their institutes teach genuine Kabbah but exist to make money from the gullibe. And neither of these two so called Kabbalah scholars is, or has ever been, a Rabbi!
    edit: You want to see a prime example of the kind of parasitic scammers that will sell anything they can as being genuine kabbabalh- jsut follow the link in IsraSELLS post. red strings. protection rings, amulets are all so much rubbish- pushed by the charalatans and fakes to part the gullible from their money. Pating $20 for a piece of thread worth a few buccks, only serves to enrich those selling it. There is zero support for this red string nonsense in genuine Kabbalah or fromgenuine students of Kabbalah.

  8. Wearing a red string (as a type of talisman) is a custom associated with Judaism’s Kabbalah in order to ward off misfortune brought about by an “evil eye”. In Yiddish the red string is called a roite bindele.
    An ancient tradition teaches us that a red string, wound seven times around Rachel’s Tomb, is endowed with mystical powers.
    According to this tradition, by tying the string around his or her wrist, the wearer is protected from the destructive power of the Evil Eye, thus preventing disease, poverty, accidents or other misfortune from befalling the wearer.

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