3. What does the Kabbalah consist of? What are the main branches of Kabbalistic knowledge?
Kabbalistic writings cover every aspect of wisdom, from theology, metaphysics, cosmology, astrology, numerology and music to physiognomy, palmistry, interpretation of dreams, holy spirit, prophecy, miracles, healing, reincarnation, exorcism, alchemy and the creation of a golem (a clay figure brought to life).
Many Kabbalistic texts have been lost. Until today numerous Kabbalistic texts exist only in manuscript or in old, closely-printed Hebrew editions comprehensible to specialists alone.
Nevertheless, the most important Kabbalistic classics are readily available in Hebrew, and increasing numbers of important texts are becoming available in English translations with commentary.
The main areas covered by the great Kabbalistic classics, such as the Zohar and the writings of Rabbi Isaac Luria, the ARI, include:
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