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Phil Bolsta
By Phil Bolsta
Shift Team Writer

For ages, spiritual seekers have long been drawn to the core practices of Jewish mystics...

Kabbalah, which literally means “receiving tradition,” was for many reasons only transmitted orally from teacher to student and from student to student in an unbroken chain for over two millennia.

This received wisdom is much more than an exploration of the mysteries of the universe... it’s a profound adventure inward.

Kabbalah offers a uniquely integrated, holistic pathway to spiritual growth — from practical change to deep wisdom and healing.

To understand the teacher-student relationship and the oral transmission of this prophetic vision, we have to understand a fundamental idea about Jewish wisdom and the way that the Jewish traditions saw what is known as Torah — primarily the Five Books of Moses.

In this 7-minute audio, Rabbi David Ingber, who’s been honored as one of the most influential Rabbis in America, explains why the writing down of the oral Torah was a compromise to protect this sacred wisdom from the dangers of history and the dangers of forgetting.

Don’t miss these highlights that Rabbi David covers in this fascinating overview of Kabbalah:

  • (0:31) — The essential meaning of Kabbalah
  • (1:03) — The oral nature of Kabbalah
  • (1:51) — The “hardware” and the “software” of Kabbalah
  • (3:11) — Why the writing down of the oral Torah was necessary, but unfortunate
  • (6:03) — How Kabbalah bridges the gap between the world as we see it and the world of the infinite

And don’t miss 4:58 when Rabbi David speaks about the nature and transmission of mystical wisdom.

In the teaching of Kabbalah, you are a microcosm of the cosmos, where God is continually incarnating, healing, and evolving... a unique expression of the Divine in motion. Through this sacred wisdom you can become fully radiant and alive.

Have you already been introduced to the wisdom of Kabbalah? What was your experience? We’d love to hear from you!


Discover how to access the power of ancient Jewish mysticism’s multidimensional map of consciousness for greater wisdom, love, and growth during Rabbi David Ingber’s free virtual event, Discovering the Mystical Teachings of Kabbalah: How to Awaken Your Consciousness by Activating the 10 Divine Energies of the Tree of Life.

Did you discover something new from Rabbi David in this blog post or elsewhere? Share your thoughts in the comments below.