Entries by Katie

The Zohar—Not without Attainment

All that The Zohar speaks of, even its legends, are the 10 Sefirot — Keter, Hochma, Bina, Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet, Netzah, Hod, Yesod, and Malchut—and their interactions. To a Kabbalist, the entries and their various combinations are sufficient to reveal all the spiritual worlds. Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai (Rashbi), author of The Zohar, had a big […]

The Hidden Meaning of the Bible

The Bible (or Torah) is sublime and spiritual, but, frankly, it can be a bit long on history with its lists of relations. You read about people marrying, divorcing, cheating on each other, and killing one another. A fair question might be: what’s so spiritual about that? In the framework of Kabbalah, however, the Bible […]

Behind the Monitor

The Language of the Branches is the expression of higher forces that operate on our world. It is expressed in objects and in everything that happens. Where does it come from? It’s like a computer monitor: if you looked behind the monitor, you would not see the picture—you would see the electronics that built it. […]

Like Roots and Branches

As we’ve explained in Chapters 7 and 8, the worlds are created by a series of causes and effects. Therefore, “roots” refer to the spiritual forces, which create our world and the people in it. They exist in the spiritual worlds beyond this material one, but they influence and operate on our world. The roots […]

The Law of Root and Branch

Thus, there is not an element of reality, or an occurrence of reality in a lower world, that you will not find its likeness in the world Above it, as identical as two drops in a pond. And they are called “Root and Branch.” That means that the item in the lower world is deemed […]

A Perfect Language

The picture of this world has to last throughout the entire process of our spiritual advancement until the World of Infinity. Our correction is possible only under the condition that we perceive the reality of this lower degree, our world. We must continually attain roots that are above the picture of our world which we now […]

Unlocking the Zohar, Chapter 1 – A Hidden Treasure

The greatest Kabbalist of our time was Rav Yehuda Ashlag (1884-1954). Thanks to his work, The Book of Zohar began to become known. Rav Ashlag is known as Baal HaSulam [Hebrew: Owner of the Ladder] for his Sulam [Ladder] commentary on The Book of Zohar. In his latter years, Baal HaSulam wrote what is known as “Writings of the Last […]