Why Kabbalah? 2nd best post

Why Kabbalah? 2nd best post
Artisan-crafted ring with the Hebrew words of Ana Bekoach, a prayer popular in Kabbalah.

Kabbalah, of course. My second most popular post is about the Kabbalistic prayer Ana Bekoach. Read by 6,200 (so far).

And why not? The post is simple, clear, and deep. In it, I connect the prayer with the deep magic of creation. Then, I note it has 42 words. And I suggest ways to explore the spirituality of 42.

But also: why? I mean, why are people so fascinated by Kabbalah in general? And by Ana Bekoach in particular?

Maybe it’s a metaphysical yearning. For a hidden level of reality. A secret psychic world. Gateway to a place where I can feel into higher worlds. Lift my moods. Answer my existential questions. Repair the world in helpful ways. Where a simple ritual or incantation unlocks all these powers.

What’s funny though, is that the formula is anything but simple. To find it, we wander intellectual labyrinths of texts, metaphors, and ciphers. But that’s exciting, too. Because it feels like we’re finally learning our way around the secret world. Like we stumbled into a special initiation. And, from here on, we will climb higher.

I’m reminded of another post. This one is about a visit with a prison inmate. A Jewish man. He doesn’t have many books. But he does have a Bible that he reads carefully. In it, he has found mathematical and metaphorical patterns. To him, they look like esoteric pathways. Exciting gateways! But he is not quite sure they’re real. So, I was able to reassure him. Yes, you’re on to something! You’ve discovered well-worn paths of midrash and Kabbalah.

Here’s something else funny. See how I called these esoteric ideas “well-worn paths”? For me, some have become familiar. They’re like basic building blocks of Jewish thought. Intellectually, they are not new. But a newbie’s excitement is always contagious. It sparks memories of my own discoveries. Re-awakens soaring feelings. Deepens my metaphysical yearnings. Points me to a new threshold, asking, “Where will my wonder take me next?”



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