May 9, 2007

New Segulos & Kamaya Site

Filed under: Website Kvetching — Reb Moshe @ 5:20 am

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I am introducing a new site as an extention to ilovetorah. It is called Segulos & Kamayas. Temporarly, the link is avaiable only here on the blog.

http://ilovetorah.com/segulos

On the site I explain more about the rare Kabbalah craft of giving segulos & kamayas.

2 Comments

  1. How does Breslov view learning Kaballah? Breslov does not have an age policy does it? I refrain from learning Kaballah until I am 60, unless I am proven otherwise. I refrain for I may misunderstand concepts and it is dangerous etc.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — May 10, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

  2. Well putting the age aside for a moment, it breaths a healthier lifestyle not to learn Kabbalah until after one has learned all of Tanach, Mishnios, Talmud. There are those who debate this and say everyone should learn Kabbalah freely today and I think this point is way to open-minded. At the same time, there are many who learn Kabbalah prematurely and it has returned them to Judaism and gave life to their otherwise, unconnected learning.

    As we know, Chassidus in general is filled with Kabbalah but this is because the Rabbi’s understood how to bring the Kabbalah down to a level where people could only benefit from it. This is a very healthy Kabbalah for most to learn though it is still always healthier to have learned preliminary material.

    It also depends on the moach of the person and how much daas they have. One of the opinions to learn Kabbalah before 40 insists that the person should NEVER question the Kabbalah and its teachings. You see its a very real problem today that most of the contemporary books on Kabbalah are filled with mistakes. These writers did not have the correct daats. Maybe they are those which questioned as they learned. Kabbalah is a totally different type of learning and it must be done with a sense of selflessness.

    I am very concerned about Bnei Noach and those going through conversion learning Kabbalah. They are causing much harm and I want to start speaking about this gently to them so they will refocus on material which is more appropriate towards their growth.

    This is a very important question you have posed. I would say that I agree that the increase of Kabbalah learned today will hasten the redemption but I would also venture to say that it has gotten way out of hand. I believe many young men under 40, in some cases, even some balei teshuva should learn Kabbalah a little even if slightly unprepared but it is not for everyone and for many, it will harm. People need to take a good look at themselves to determine this answer or ask a holy advisor.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — May 10, 2007 @ 11:42 pm

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