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Are you looking for answers to the big questions of life? Do you want to engage the world with meaning and purpose? Are you seeking more depth in your day to day routine? This course is for you! In this introductory course we will learn what mysticism is and how it is found in the Jewish religion. We will learn the history and development of Kabbalah, its major concepts and rituals, and its application in our real lives.
This course will consist of video lectures that contain music as well as spoken word. Texts in English, will be available as pdf files.
The course is in six sections and can be done slowly or quickly, at your pace. There are no quizzes.
One should take this course if you are curious about Kabbalah but don't want to practice orthodoxy or join a community to learn about it. This course should be taken if your are interested in the road to enlightenment and want to know the Jewish version of it.
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|Section 1: Part One|
A basic exploration of mysticism's basic concepts and how they appear in Kabbalah.
A hard question to answer. Kabbalah has a very rich, varied, and complex history and philosophy. It's hard to know to what people are referring when they use the term.
A very brief lesson in Hebrew in order to define the word, 'Kabbalah.'
A working definition of 'mysticism' and 'spirituality.'
Why do people study Kabbalah? Is it for the same reasons?
A look at the three major categories of the types of Kabbalah that exist.
|Section 2: Part Two|
It's difficult to pinpoint exactly when Kabbalah began.
Could the first human also have been the first Kabbalist?
Is Madonna the most famous Kabbalist?
Kabbalah is studied world wide by Jews and non-Jews. Modern English translations help to make it easier for those mystically inclined.
Kabbalah has evolved as Judaism evolves in response to historical circumstance.
Do Kabbalists Have Their Own Way of Following Judaism?
Is Kabbalah a Religion?
|Section 3: Part Three|
How is God Portrayed in Kabbalistic Texts?
What is Ein Sof?
How is the Creation of the Universe Portrayed?
What if I Don't Believe in God?
|Section 4: Part Four|
Does Kabbalah Address Different Levels of Reality?
What Are the Four Worlds?
Does Kabbalah Speak to the Existence of a Soul?!
|Section 5: Part Five|
What is the Tree of Life?
What are the Ten S’firot?
What is Adam Kadmon?!
|Section 6: Part Six|
|Lecture 24||2 pages|
A sample of texts from various places in scripture all indicating what our mission is.
How Can I Learn More?
Do I Have to Live in a Cave?
Why Study Kabbalah?
CANTOR JORDAN S. FRANZEL serves Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill, PA. He received his Masters of Sacred Music from HUC - JIR - Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and was ordained as a Cantor in 1996. Prior to his pulpit in Pennsylvania, Cantor Franzel served Central Synagogue in New York City and the Touro Synagogue in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been on the faculty of the URJ east coast Kallah and was a guest faculty at the Hava Nashira Institute, a retreat for Jewish songleaders and musicians. Jordan has written numerous Torah commentaries for the Union for Reform Judaism, has served on the editorial board for the Union Songbook, Shireinu and the complete Shireinu. Cantor Franzel can be heard on CD's: "Soul On Fire," and "Labor of Love," the two CD's of Danny Maseng's liturgical music. Jordan can also be heard on his own CD's of liturgical music, The Music of Cantor Jordan S Franzel volumes 1 & 2.
Cantor Franzel is a serious devotee of meditation and Jewish mysticism, specifically Kabbalah and Chasidut, and has been studying the writings and spiritual systems of several Kabbalah masters, including Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, for the last 25 years. Like his Rebbe, Jordan loves to tell stories as a means of facillitating spiritual experiences and believes that his liturgical musical compositions, in a similar way, does the same. Cantor Franzel is a member of the American Conference of Cantors and is a fellow of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.