Kabbalah and Judaism
Abraham and Isaac - Whose Soul is it Anyway?
The willingness of Abraham to obey the voice of God and sacrifice his son, Isaac, has evoked many emotions through the ages including awe, outrage and disbelief. What sort of a man was Abraham to do this? Did Isaac consent and was Isaac, rather than the ram which appeared as a substitute, actually sacrificed? When viewed from a Kabbalistic perspective, these questions are answered and the whole story makes sense.
The variety of experience offered by the feasts, fasts, and festivals of the Jewish Year can be seen as a comprehensive reflection of the Tree of Life. Each occasion offers an opportunity to deepen our understanding of one particular Sefirah of the Tree or aspect of the Divine whether it is a single day in the year or every single day.
The Seder Service, celebrated as part of the Jewish tradition all over the world, is held at the start of the festival of Passover in March or April. The objects used in the ritual and the construction of the service itself give it a much deeper significance than is generally realised and allows participants to (re)connect with each part of themselves.
The She'ma - A Kabbalistic Prayer
The first paragraph of the She'ma - recited morning and evening - consists of six verses from the book of Deuteronomy. Within these six verses the whole universe is evoked, allowing the person reciting it to align themselves more closely with the Creator.
The first seven weeks of the 40 years which the Children of Israel spent wandering in the Sinai Desert contained ten distinct events which fit perfectly on the diagram of the Tree of Life. There is a clear path set out from the mass evacuation of Egypt to the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai which can give a much deeper appreciation of the narrative.
An understanding of Kabbalah allows much deeper insights into the birth chart when the planets are set out against the diagram of the Tree of Life.