Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Kabbalah
Kabbalah is one of the most mysterious and misunderstood areas of Judaism. Learn more and get all your questions answered with this primer!
What is Kabbalah?
Kabbalah is a mystical tradition and school of thought within Judaism, drawing on our original Jewish texts such as the Torah. It aims to understand and explain the relationship between the eternal God and the mortal universe and humanity.
Jews who are drawn to kabbalah experience their Judaism and their relationship to the Divine in a deeply spiritual and sometimes esoteric way. Kabbalists are often known for imbuing their Jewish practice with song, dance, and other happy expressions of their loving relationship with God.
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What are those red strings for?
You might have seen people wearing red string bracelets or heard that it has something to do with kabblah. Sometimes there are even people giving them out to visitors at the Kotel or the Western Wall. Known in Hebrew as khutt hasheni, they are treated as a protective amulet and believed to bring Divine protection on the wearer. Their origin is unknown, but they are indeed often associated with the kabbalistic tradition.
Since the traditional thin wool strings can easily tear or wear out if not woven thickly, a more modern practice has come about of wearing red bracelets made of more solid materials such as leather, or incorporating a red string by weaving it into a silver chain. These kabbalistic bracelets are inspired by the original red strings, and often also feature metal pendants with kabbalistic or other religious verses and motifs.
Other kabbalistic symbols & jewelry
But that’s not all! There are several other symbols and motifs commonly associated with kabbalah, that anyone can connect with and wear in order to deepen their spirituality and invoke Divine protection, such as: