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Introduction to Kabbalah

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev via edX

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  • Provider edX
  • $ Cost Free Online Course
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Effort 3-5 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 5 weeks long

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For hundreds of years, Kabbalah has been perceived as a body of secret theoretical and practical knowledge concerning creation, the divine world, and human interaction with it. This course will introduce you to the major ideas and practices of the Kabbalah from an academic point of view.

The course will examine basic Kabbalistic themes such as the theory of the Sefirot, ecstatic and prophetic Kabbalistic techniques, reincarnation, demonology, and practical Kabbalah. It will introduce major Kabbalistic works and movements, including the Sefer ha-Zohar, Lurianic Kabbalah, Hasidism, and the contemporary revival of popular Kabbalah.

In recent decades, interest in Kabbalah has been increasing and many non-academic Kabbalah centers have been founded throughout the world. Most of the information available online for the layman is non-academic, and at times it can be misleading and confusing.

The aim of this course is to introduce students with no background in Kabbalah or Jewish thought to the major ideas and practices of the Kabbalah in their historical and cultural settings. The ideas are presented in an accessible manner without jeopardizing the course's academic rigor.

The course approaches Kabbalah from a historical and sociological perspective. Kabbalistic theories and practices will be studied through reading and analyzing primary sources (the Kabbalistic texts themselves) as well as applying the most up-to-date secondary literature (academic research)

The course presents a variety of different perspectives on the themes it covers. Through the assignments and discussions that accompany the video lectures, students will be encouraged to express their opinions and individual perspectives, and to contribute to fruitful intellectual discussions.

Taught by

Prof. Boaz Huss and Dr. Yoed Kadary

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Karen C
5.0 3 months ago
by Karen completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Great class for anyone curious about what Kabbalah is, but not particularly interested in actual practice. The course covers the most common theo-philosophical aspects of Kabbalah (since there are many different varieties), and the historical evolution of the concepts. There is some Hebrew vocabulary (using the Roman alphabet) - Sefirot, En-Sof, etc - but there's plenty of repetition with great graphics to help visual learning. Fascinating subject.

FMI see my personal blog post at https://sloopie72.wordpress.com/2018/01/10/intro-to-kabbalah-mooc/

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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is a wonderful introduction to the subject and absolutely no previous insights or knowledge is necessary. Using a historical and sociological perspective this course gives an easy to understand overview into the history and main concepts of Kabbalah. I would thoroughly recommend it.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
A perfect course to discover the very complex word of Kabbalah.

Very helpful to understand the most fascinating ideas and different movements about this subject.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 3 months ago
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Great course, I really enjoined the multimedia. Very accessible and gave me a good understanding about kabbalah and made me want to learn more.
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