It’s that Passover time of year again. Like most very bad Jews, I tend to celebrate with Cosmopolitans and questionably kosher cuisine. The important thing is that I gather with friends and family to share the story of the Jewish people. (Even more important is having fun.) For those of you who missed the animated film “The Prince of Egypt”, or find the phrase, we tell the story of Exodus confusing, let me drop a little knowledge on you.
This week saw a two day meeting at the United Nations promoting dialogue on religion and culture. This interfaith event was attended by seventeen heads of state and government, including Israel, the US, Britain, and several Arab countries. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia organized the conference. The big news was that Israeli President Shimon and King Abdullah managed to eat dinner together in the same room.
In the land of “bling” (as the kids say), you see all kinds of stuff getting the “bling” treatment. Diamond encrusted jewelry, tricked out cars, and super snazzy cell phones are all items to denote wealth and status. Which is why I was intrigued to see Computerworld.com’s headline, “Which religion has the best cell phone?” [...]
Bnei Baruch is a group of Kabbalists in Israel, sharing the wisdom of Kabbalah with the entire world. Study materials in over 20 languages are based on authentic Kabbalah texts that were passed down from generation to generation. History and Origin In 1991, following the passing of his teacher, Rabbi Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag (The [...]
In thousands of cultures, in millions of different iterations, the protective charm exists. If you recall, we touched briefly on how the pentagram is one when it is turned into a Seal of Solomon. Like how I referenced a previous article? Yeah, I’m slick like that. This month we’re talking to the hand, the Hand of Fatima or Hamesh Hand that is.
Just like with most religions of a certain size and scope, Judaism has many different denominations. All denominations within their religion are about how best to interpret the faith, and each denomination does so as they see fit. The denominations in Judaism tend to form a sliding scale of conservativeness, or of traditionalism. Sliding from Orthodox, considered to be the more traditional and conservative, to Reform, generally viewed as the most progressive or liberal of the denominations. Obviously there are many denominations that fall in between those two and a few that are outside the sliding scale all together.
How are alchemy, astrology, magic, and numerology related to Jewish mysticism? The fabulous, miraculous, and mysterious are all explored in this comprehensive reference to Jewish esotericism-the first of its kind!