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The Kabbalah, Talmud, Torah, & Zohar. Heron Haile Kat Wilson. The Kabbalah. Applies to the whole range of Jewish mystical activity Understanding God Basis of Talmud Torah Zohar Medieval Kabbalists En Sof (That Which Is Without Limit) Professor Gershom Scholem - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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The Kabbalah, Talmud, Torah, & Zohar

The Kabbalah, Talmud, Torah, & ZoharHeron HaileKat Wilson1The KabbalahApplies to the whole range of Jewish mystical activityUnderstanding GodBasis of TalmudTorahZoharMedieval KabbalistsEn Sof (That Which Is Without Limit)Professor Gershom Scholem Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel

The Kabbalah is the study of mystical activity in Jewish culture to help explain the unknown and better understand God rather than just follow on what God wants from man. The Kabbalah is the basis for Talmud which is the Oral Law of Judaism. From the Talmud came the Torah which is the Written Law, developing from a rebellion that claimed the lives of over a million Jewish lives in 66-70 CE. Since many teachers of the Talmud had perished in the uprising against the Romans, the Jews did not want it to be forgotten so they created the Torah. The Torah is better known as the Old Testament believed to have been given to Moses by God himself on Mount Sinai. But the most famous work of the Kabbalah is the Zohar by Moses De Leon who claimed that the book incorporated the mystical writings of the second-century rabbi Simeon bar Yochai. The Zohar is written in the language of the Talmud called Aramaic; annonating the five books of the Torah. Medieval Kabbalists were accustomed to discussing God as the En Sof meaning That Which Is Without Limit. Basically God was unknown and inaccessible to man. The late Professor Gershom Scholem was a great scholar and historian of Kabbalah history. He was inspired by a successful German rabbi who hadnt read a mystical text with intriguing tiles that he had procured for some time. The professor thought to asked himself what he could become if he actually read the books.2The TalmudOral law of JudaismHas its own language- AramaicWritten down after the Great Revolt against the Romans in Palestine in 66-70 CEThe Written Law became known as the TorahRabbi JudahMishna

The Talmud is the Oral Law of Judaism passed down to generations for centuries. It has its own language because it was passed down verbally called Aramaic. After the Great Revolt against the Roman Empire in Palestine, the Jewish community had suffered a terrible loss. They had lost over a million lives and they were afraid that the Oral Law would be forgotten unless it was written down. The Mishna is one of the first books where the Talmud was written down on by Rabbi Judah. The structure was 63 tractates and systematically codified.3The TorahIncludes first five books of the Bible:Bereishith (Genesis)- The Book of BeginningsShemoth (Exodus)- Exit or DepartureVayiqra (Leviticus)- The Book of HolinessBamidbar (Numbers)- Wilderness WanderingsDevarim (Deuteronomy)- Reiteration and Reviewing

Theme of blessing & cursingTheme of redemption & deliveranceTheme of holiness/Sacrifice and sanctification Theme of rebellion and disbelief/Gods careWatch yourself lest you forget; teach children4The ZoharCollection of commentaries on the Torah intended as a spiritual guide for people who have achieved spiritual enlightenment. Rabbi Shimm Bar Yochai Origin of the soulCannot be fully understood or felt directly

Soul achieves what the Kabbalah refers to as the highest level of spiritual wholeness.Requires preconception of spirituality in order to be somewhat tangible.5ConnectionJudaismSpiritual Teachings Kabbalah and Zohar- Understanding

Work CitedTracey, Rick R., Torah, jewfaq.org, Oct. 21, 2013Keathley, J Hampton III, The Law: The First Five Books, Bible.org, Oct.21, 2013kabbalah, jewishvirtuallibrary.org, Oct.21, 2013