The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 

Kabbalah 101, 201 etc.
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The Panoply of Symbols for the Sefirot

A reference list of symbols for the Sefirot.

Blessing from the first published Tu Bish'vat Seder

From the 16/17th century seder manual, P'ri Eitz Hadar, based on the Kabbalah of the four worlds. The original seder calls on us to bring blessing to all creation.

Ramak: "Love your fellow species like yourself"

Moshe Cordovero on the need to extend human ethical principles to animals and other lviing creatures.

What are the Sefirot?

God emanates ten vessels through which the world is created, called sefirot, which are both part of God and created by God. These vessels are channels of light or water, and they are also light itself.

Birkat Ha-ilanot

Once a year there is Jewish custom is to say a special blessing on flowering fruit trees. It happens in spring, especially during the Omer, but it's also a good teaching for Tu Bish'vat. You'll also find some other good tree texts here.

The Kabbalah Centre

A look at the Kabbalah Centre on the publication of Jody Myer's new book, Kabbalah and the Spiritual Quest

Kabbalah and Ecology

Reb Duvid's article from The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

The Chakras and the Sefirot

How they correspond.

Ushpizin: Inviting the Mothers Imahot to the Sukkah

A liturgy that includes the imahot, the mothers, seems not only good but imperative.

Some concepts related to creation

The light of the Infinite – Tzimtzum contraction – feminine and masculine – The diminished moon – The balance and the three columns – Du-partzufim two faces of the first human – N'tzotzot sparks – Primordial Adam – "In the beginning..."

Some central themes in Kabbalah

The double shattering of creation – Cosmic blessing: Kabbalah is the first area of Jewish thought to propose that the Jewish covenant was given for the sake of all creation – Redemption and reincarnation – Tzorekh gavoha, Divine need – The infinity of Torah – The structure of the soul.

More important terms

ShefaOr Makif, Surrounding light, Or M'malei, and other terms for light – It'aruta, Arousal – Mayin Nukvin, Feminine waters – Tant"a and Abiy"a.




 

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The Panoply of Symbols for the Sefirot ~
Blessing from the first published Tu Bish'vat Seder ~
Ramak: "Love your fellow species like yourself" ~
What are the Sefirot? ~
Birkat Ha-ilanot ~
The Kabbalah Centre ~
Kabbalah and Ecology ~
The Chakras and the Sefirot ~
Ushpizin: Inviting the Mothers Imahot to the Sukkah ~
Some concepts related to creation ~
Some central themes in Kabbalah ~
More important terms ~
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