The Essence of Kabbalah

“Kabbalah” (literally “receiving”) is the name given to the realm of Jewish mysticism. Although its origins are rooted in deep antiquity, going back more than four thousand years, for most of history the actual wisdom of Kabbalah remained virtually hidden from humanity, selectively passed down from teacher to student. Today, while the teachings of Kabbalah […]

The Tallit: An Evolution in Style

Biblical Source The tallit, which is arguably the most iconic symbol of Jewish identity, is ironically not mentioned by name in the Bible. So where does it come from? In the Book of Numbers, immediately after the sin of the spies, G-d commands Moshe to teach Bnei Yisrael about the mitzvah of tzitzit: “Speak to […]

Shabbat Candles: An Eternal Flame

“‘And G-d blessed the seventh day.” With what did he bless it? With the Shabbat candles”. (Midrash Bereishit Rabbah 11:2.) According to Jewish tradition, the first woman to light Shabbat candles Sarah, the wife of Avraham, who would light candles on the eve of the Shabbat in their tent, and the candles would miraculously burn […]