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Michael Laitman, PhD

Witchcraft and Kabbalah

Q: I met a woman who calls herself a fan of Kabbalah, but practices witchcraft. She reads Tarot cards, communicates with spirits, treats with oils and herbs and sells charms. How does this sit with Kabbalah? Do her forces come from the Creator?

A: Kabbalah deals solely with the attainment of the purpose of creation. The purpose of creation is adhesion with the Creator. The adhesion is attained by way of equalizing the attributes, called “equivalence of form.”

The Kabbalah studies the attribute of the Creator called “benevolence.” It is revealed above the barrier, which is the border between our world and the Upper World. It is a psychological barrier, which limits a certain spiritual development of a person. When one reaches that level of development, one begins to feel the Upper World. Attaining such a level is possible only through the study of Kabbalah.

There are no ceremonies in the study of Kabbalah. It deals solely with bringing a person above the barrier. Kabbalah has no dealings below the barrier, in the level of our world. Here there are corporeal forces, animate, and there are good forces and bad forces among them, such as the evil eye, the ability to predict the future, etc. However, all that relates only to the destiny of our world. The soul begins only above the barrier.

Kabbalah forbids fortune-telling or any attempt to find out about the destiny of the physical body. The body is temporary, negligible and thus insignificant. It is not worthy of attention beyond the question of how it serves the soul.

It is quite possible that the fortune-teller is telling the truth, but the prohibition stems from the fact that a person should rise above all that and rely on the Creator, without searching for other forces with which to change the order of situations that are planned by the Creator.

After all, every Force that stems from the Creator is there to bring us closer to Him. The principle law of Kabbalah is called, “There is none else beside Him.” It contradicts the existence of witchcraft and any other kind of idolatry because ultimately “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord” (Isaiah 11, 9), “for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them” (Jeremiah 31, 33).

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