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Permission to Practice Kabbalah

Question: They say that only married men over 40 are allowed to study Kabbalah. Why do you say that the study of Kabbalah is for everyone?

Answer: The conditions to study Kabbalah were also set by great Kabbalists. For two thousand years, the study of Kabbalah was forbidden and there was a reason. In fact, all the books of Kabbalah, including the Torah (the Pentateuch) were written only for our time, when everyone needs to practice the science of Kabbalah. What we should all do now is open the Kabbalah books and begin to learn how to attain the upper world.

Kabbalists have expressed their anger at the fact that we are not studying Kabbalah and are still not using the study as a springboard for the attainment of the upper worlds since the time of Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai (Rashby), who wrote the book of Zohar, through the 20th century’s Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam), who wrote the contemporary commentary on the Zohar. That is because this is the one key to the gate to spirituality, the knowledge and the understanding of the wisdom of the upper world, which means eternal life, happiness, wholeness and bounty for all mankind.

Question: Will we all practice Kabbalah, give good- luck charms and blessings?

Answer: Kabbalah is a science with clear and concise laws that must be studied. It has no connection with charms and blessings and other things that are done in its name, things which originate in the time Kabbalah was concealed from people and ascribed magical forces. The books of Kabbalah clearly explain what are the steps that we need to make in order to acquire that knowledge.

The special thing about the genuine books of Kabbalah is that they are suitable for all and contain the connection between the person who is studying, his soul and the upper worlds, where his soul originally came from. The books direct him to develop in a way that is suitable for him alone, according to his inner structure, and the root of his soul. It is much like the way a person chooses a profession in our world according to his character and the inclination of his heart.

Man’s pace of progress depends on his own will, how much he desires to know what is written in the books and his desire to know the upper world. The study makes a person begin to prefer the nearness of the upper world and choose living according to spiritual laws to living according to the corporeal laws of our world. He necessarily connects himself to good, positive forces.

We will always believe, and hang our hopes, on a change that will come from above, on a change of luck, on things being better. It is true that what happens in our world today is a direct consequence of what comes down to us from the upper spiritual world. But we can make sure that only good forces descend on us and give us bounty, provided we know how to act in the spiritual worlds.

We will know how to act correctly by a practical and systematic study of the structure of the upper worlds. We will learn to avoid a negative reaction to our actions, to do only things that will provoke a positive change in our lives. If our connection with the upper worlds were organized correctly, it would be for the best of all of us, for our own people, for the other nations and for the whole world.

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