What is Kabbalah?
... and Why?
by Yerachmiel Tilles

Kabbalah is the ancient Jewish mystical tradition which teaches the deepest insights into the essence of G‑d, His interaction with the world, and the purpose of Creation. The Kabbalah and its teachings - no less than the Law - are an integral part of the  Torah. They are traced back to the revelation to Moses at Sinai, and some of them even before. The Kabbalah itself teaches that its study is an important method for helping to advance the final Messianic redemption and perfect the world.

If you are without the Jewish educational background for this complex and mysterious inner dimension of Torah, known as Kabbalah , you can start with our online essays, ranging from A Brief Definition to the History of Kabbalah . You will also be interested in our Recommended Book List.

If you have some Torah background but without Kabbala and Chassidut, you will still find many worthwhile articles in our "Introductory" section, such as The Need to Learn Kabbalah in our "What is Kabbalah?" folder and the series on the descent through the Worlds, Worlds and Sefirot.

In the merit of our unity of purpose and endeavor, we can earn the future joy we have been promised - which we can already enjoy a taste of via the study of the inner dimensions of G‑d's holy Torah.

Yerachmiel Tilles is the Co-founder of Ascent-of-Safed and its educational director for 18 years. He is the creator of www.ascentofsafed.com and www.kabbalaonline.org, and currently the director of both sites. He is also a columnist for numerous chasidic publications and a staff rabbi on AskMoses.com

Click here for The History of Kabbalah