A Guide to the Hidden Wisdom of Kabbala
Chapter 5: Who Can Study
Whenever Kabbalah is discussed, statements are tossed about such as: One
can go mad studying Kabbalah; it is safe to study Kabbalah only after the
age of 40; a man must be married and have at least three children before
embarking on its study; women are forbidden to study Kabbalah, etc.
Kabbalah is open to all. It is for those who truly wish to correct themselves in
order to attain spirituality. The need comes from the soul’s urge to correct
itself. That is actually the only test to determine whether a person is ready to
study Kabbalah: the desire to correct oneself. This desire must be genuine
and free of outside pressure, since only one’s self can discover one’s true
The great Kabbalist, the Ari, wrote that from his generation onwards
Kabbalah was intended for men, women and children, and that all could and
should study Kabbalah. The greatest Kabbalist in our generation, Yehuda
Ashlag, Baal HaSulam, left a new study method for this generation. It is
suitable for anyone wishing to embark on the study of Kabbalah.
A person finds his way to Kabbalah when he is no longer satisfied by material
reward and hopes studying will provide answers, clarification and new
opportunities. He no longer finds solutions in this world to the significant
questions concerning his existence. More often than not, the hope of finding
answers is not even cognitive; he simply takes an interest and finds it
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Such a person has questions: Who am I? Why was I born? Where do I come
from? Where am I going? Why do I exist in the world? Was I already here?
Will I reappear? Why is there so much suffering in the world? Can it
somehow be avoided? How can I attain pleasure, completeness, peace of
mind? Unconsciously, he feels the answers to these questions can be found
only beyond the realm of this world.
The one answer to these questions is to know and feel the upper worlds, and
the way to do so is through Kabbalah. Through its wisdom, man enters the
upper worlds with all his feelings. They are worlds that provide all of the