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Kabbalah is not a secret teaching. It is the teaching of a secret. “The secret teaching” means that we are trying to hide something from you. “The teaching of the secret” means that we are trying to teach something to you, to open up and reveal something hidden. Now, you might point out, if the secret is taught, it is no longer a secret. A revealed secret, it would seem, is an oxymoron. That would be so if we were discussing an artificial secret, one that is secret only because it is shrouded in secrecy, because others don’t want you to find out. True secrets, even once taught, explained, illustrated, analyzed and integrated into your consciousness, remain just as mysterious as before. No—vastly more mysterious, for as the island of knowledge expands, so too its beach upon the infinite sea of the unknowable. Life teems with such mysteries: What is love? What is mind? What is life? What is existence? How do they come to be? From where do they emerge? What is your soul, the person within your body? You experience all these at every moment. They are you. And yet, the more you gaze upon the depths of their mysteries, the deeper their waters become. The deepest of all secrets are those best known to all, that which we learn as small children, take for granted the rest of our lives, live with daily—and yet never manage to unravel or grasp with our cognitive mind. There is. Things are. I exist. I am alive. Life is not death. Darkness is not light. There is that which is bigger than me. Kabbalah plunges into these secrets and pulls their depths into the open. It provides metaphor, parable, understanding. It shines light and opens our eyes. It inspires and guides us to use this wisdom for healing and growth in everyday life. That is why the experience of learning Kabbalah is one of “Yes! I knew that truth all along! My heart knew, but my mouth was unable to speak it!” The truths of the Kabbalah belong to every sentient being. Yet, most of all, Kabbalah provides a sense of the beyond; the knowledge of that which cannot be known, the wisdom of mystery, the understanding that we do not understand. Kabbalah is the knowledge of wonder. Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

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Kabbalah

is

not

a

secret

teaching



It

is

the

teaching

of

a

secret



“The

secret

teaching”

means

that

we

are

trying

to

hide

something

from

you



“The

teaching

of

the

secret”

means

that

we

are

trying

to

teach

something

to

you



to

open

up

and

reveal

something

hidden

Now



you

might

point

out



if

the

secret

is

taught



it

is

no

longer

a

secret



A

revealed

secret



it

would

seem



is

an

oxymoron

That

would

be

so

if

we

were

discussing

an

artificial

secret



one

that

is

secret

only

because

it

is

shrouded

in

secrecy



because

others

don’t

want

you

to

find

out



True

secrets



even

once

taught



explained



illustrated



analyzed

and

integrated

into

your

consciousness



remain

just

as

mysterious

as

before



No—vastly

more

mysterious



for

as

the

island

of

knowledge

expands



so

too

its

beach

upon

the

infinite

sea

of

the

unknowable



Life

teems

with

such

mysteries:

What

is

love



What

is

mind



What

is

life



What

is

existence



How

do

they

come

to

be



From

where

do

they

emerge



What

is

your

soul



the

person

within

your

body



You

experience

all

these

at

every

moment



They

are

you



And

yet



the

more

you

gaze

upon

the

depths

of

their

mysteries



the

deeper

their

waters

become



The

deepest

of

all

secrets

are

those

best

known

to

all



that

which

we

learn

as

small

children



take

for

granted

the

rest

of

our

lives



live

with

daily—and

yet

never

manage

to

unravel

or

grasp

with

our

cognitive

mind



There

is



Things

are



I

exist



I

am

alive



Life

is

not

death



Darkness

is

not

light



There

is

that

which

is

bigger

than

me



Kabbalah

plunges

into

these

secrets

and

pulls

their

depths

into

the

open



It

provides

metaphor



parable



understanding



It

shines

light

and

opens

our

eyes



It

inspires

and

guides

us

to

use

this

wisdom

for

healing

and

growth

in

everyday

life



That

is

why

the

experience

of

learning

Kabbalah

is

one

of

“Yes



I

knew

that

truth

all

along



My

heart

knew



but

my

mouth

was

unable

to

speak

it



The

truths

of

the

Kabbalah

belong

to

every

sentient

being

Yet



most

of

all



Kabbalah

provides

a

sense

of

the

beyond



the

knowledge

of

that

which

cannot

be

known



the

wisdom

of

mystery



the

understanding

that

we

do

not

understand



Kabbalah

is

the

knowledge

of

wonder



Rabbi

Tzvi

Freeman



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