The work, “Shaar HaGilgulim,” as the title reveals, is about the Torahconcept of reincarnation. Based primarily on the Zohar in ParashatMishpatim where gilgulim are discussed, it is from the writings of the master Kabbalist, Rabbi Yitzchak Luria (1534-1572), otherwise known as the ‘Arizal.’ The book was recorded by his foremost disciple, Rabbi Chaim Vital, and amended by Rabbi Shmuel Vital, his son.
In addition to outlining principles of personal rectification and reincarnation, this work reveals the spiritual roots of many of the great Torah scholars of the past. Furthermore, it often provides vital information about the future in terms of helping one understand the challenges to be expected throughout Jewish history and particularly at the ‘End-of-Days.’
In the course we will learn
- All 40 sections called ‘Hakdamot’ – introductions
- Everything will be translated and explained
- All classes are in video format
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Undoubtedly the greatest influence upon the study of Kabbalah has been the teachings of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, known by the acronym “Arizal“. In 16th Century Safed, he revealed a complex and dynamic new dimension to Jewish mysticism in particular, and Torah study, in general. Today, the vast majority of serious study of authentic Kabbalah is the study of the writings of the Arizal and his students. Besides the central “textbook” of Kabbalah in his writings, “Etz Chaim“, translated as “Tree of Life”, is a vast collection of his teachings that were assembled by his primary student Rabbi Chaim Vital and his son, Rabbi Shmuel Vital. These teachings are known as the “Eight Gates” and comprise the majority of topics covered by the Arizal. Later, other texts were published, most of which deal with similar subject matter but with many new insights. Following is a listing and brief description of each of the “Eight Gates”.