Judaism as a spiritual teaching and path has gone through several stages of development. By the beginning of the 18th century, the influence of Kabbalah was pervasive and informed most schools of traditional Judaism. However, few Jews actually applied themselves to the esoteric practices of Kabbalah or understood its highly technical concepts.
Nevertheless, normative Jewish belief prior to the Reform movements of the 19th century was heavily based in the Kabbalist worldview and understanding of Torah. This worldview was best described by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (1707-1746), in The Way of G-d.
We use this text as a comprehensive introduction and review of traditional Judaism, according to Kabbalah. The text, The Way of G-d is required and is available in a bi-lingual edition, translated by Aryeh Kaplan and published by Feldheim. The text may be purchased at bookstores and online sellers and from the publisher Feldhiem.
Because of its depth and comprehensive nature, the class is of value to beginners and more advanced students alike. The course will be divided into four discrete units, each consisting of 6-8 classes with classes offered twice each month. Classes consist of lectures and individual discussion of the text. Students attend in person or live via teleconference.
This download consists of recordings of 8 class sessions, each approximately 90 minutes in length. This course was recorded March – June 2009.
*THESE RECORDINGS ARE MP3 ZIP FILE DOWNLOADS ONLY, NOT CD’S.