I wanted to make a thread for the Jewish mystical tradition of the Kabbalah and not clog up the Hermeticism thread. On the subject of the Kabbalah there is much that has been said, much that can be said, and a lot of people endorsing it and in many cases poisoning the well. Many people think of Madonna when they think of the Kabbalah. Fewer people think of the Sephirot, the mystical spheres that channel divine energy (Or) through the universe. I want to clear up some of the things that people get wrong and maybe answer questions about this confusing topic. However, it should be noted that for legit study of this art, one should have a teacher of some knowledge to guide one's spiritual journey. The common Jewish practice is to have a Rabbi act as a kind of guide (Sufi mysticism has a paralel in the Murshid) through the Zohar. The Zohar is a book written to teach lessons from the Torah, including the Ketuvim and Navi'im. Ketuvim is the writings and Navi'im is the prophetic books. In the Zohar all of these sources of Jewish thought are given esoteric or hidden meanings that enrich a person's spiritual knowledge of God.