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Rabbi Yitzchak Srour shlit'a
The lecture for Sunday April 22, 2007, 6:00pm Israel time (11:00am EST)
will be given by Rabbi Yitzchak Srour shlit'a,
author of a number of prestigious works on Kabbalah.

The subject for today's Shiur is:

Chagigah 11b: Kabbalah - What is it All About?

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Questions about Kabbalah that will be addressed in this Shi'ur:
1) What is Kabbalah and where can it be found?
2) How can the Kabbalistic writings of the Arizal be categorized?
3) Why is Kabbalah so important, yet not mentioned in the Torah or Talmud?
4) Who should learn Kabbalah?
5) Who should not learn Kabbalah?
6) How is Kabbalah part of the Orthodox world today?
7) What draws secular Jews to Kabbalah?
8) Can one learn Kabbalah on his own?
9) How do we deal with contradictions between Kabbalah and the Talmud?
10) What are the different approaches in Kabbalah?
11) What does Kabbalah have in common with the Revealed Law?

Title Full Name Lived Where Kabbalistic works
(or "RaSHBI")
Rebbi Shimon ben Yochai After the destruction of the Second Temple
(ca. 150 CE)
Lower Galilee, Israel Zohar, Tikunim, etc.
Arizal Rav Yitzchak Luria About 450 yrs. ago
(ca. 1550 CE)
Tzefat, Israel Etz Chaim, Otzros Chaim, etc.
Ba'al Shem Tov
(or "BeSHT")
Rav Yisroel About 300 yrs. ago
(ca. 1700 CE)
Mezhivozh, Poland (Father of Chassidut)
RaMCHaL Rav Moshe Chaim Luzzato About 300 yrs. ago (ca. 1700 CE) Padua, Italy Ilan ha'RaMCHaL etc.
Vilna Ga'on
(or "GRA")
Rav Eliyahu About 250 yrs. ago (ca. 1750 CE) Vilna, Lithuania Commentaries on the Zohar and Tikunim etc.
RaSHaSH Rav Shalom Sharabi About 250 yrs. ago (ca. 1750 CE) Jerusalem, Israel Nehar Shalom, Sidur ha'Rashash

Cover of Otzros Chaim Title Page of Otzros Chaim

Rav Srour's Sefer on the Arizal's Otzrot Chaim can be ordered here.

Additional Sources:
www.armoni.info (Rabbi Moshe Armoni).

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