Glossary of Kabbalah and Chassidut – Letter “K”

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Kabbalah (“receiving” or “tradition”):
Kabbalah is the esoteric dimension of the Torah.
 
Kabbalat Shabbat (“welcoming the Sabbath”):
The series of psalms and hymns, etc. recited as a prelude to the Friday night prayer service, to mark the onset of theSabbath.
 
Kaddish (pl. Kaddishim):
The Kaddish is a prayer sanctifying G-d’s Name which is used to signal passage from one stage to another of the liturgy.
 
Kaf:
Kaf is the 11th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
For further explanation see Alef-Beit Significances.
Also see: The Mystical Significance of the Hebrew Letters (including an image and audio pronunciation of each letter).
 
Kah (Yud Hei):
A Holy Name of G-d.
For further explanation see: Eleven Holy Names of G-d.
 
Kal veChomer:
One of the thirteen hermeneutical methods, in which conclusions are reached by reasoning a fortiori.
Kav (“line”):
The ray of light beamed into the vacated space created in consequence of the tzimtzum.
For further explanation see: Sod Ha’TzimtzumKav.
 
Kavanah (“intention”):
1. the intention or ideas with which one meditatively imbues his actions.
2. a specific idea so used.
Kavanot: (plural of kavanah).
 
Kedushah (“Holiness”):
See Yabok.
 
Kehunah (The “Priesthood”):
(See Kohen).
 
Kel:
A Holy Name of G-d.
For further explanation see: Eleven Holy Names of G-d.
Kelipah (“Shell”; pl. Kelipot):
Kelipah is the figurative “husk” of evil that surrounds and conceals the sparks of Divine light distributed throughout the universe.
 
Keter (“Crown”):
Keter is the first of the ten sefirot.
For further explanation see: The Divine Emanations–Keter.
 
Ketubah (“written”):
The Jewish marriage contract.
 
Kiddush: (“Sanctification”):
Kiddush is the  ritual performed on the Sabbath and festival days, consisting of a liturgical text recited over a full cup  of wine which is then drunk.
Kingdom (Malchut):
“Kingdom” is the last of the ten sefirot, and seventh of the emotive attributes in Creation.
For further explanation see: The Divine Emanations–Malchut.
Kipah:
Kipah is a skullcap worn by Jewish males.
 
Kislev:
Kislev is the ninth of the twelve months of the Jewish calendar.
For further explanation see “Living With the Times”–The Month of Kislev. Also see the Hebrew Months.
 
Kittel (“small coat”):
A white linen robe worn on Yom Kippur.
 
Knowledge (Da’at):
“Knowledge”  is the third and last conscious power of intellect in Creation.
For further explanation see: The Divine Emanations–Da’at.
 
Kohen (“Priest”; pl. kohanim):
kohen is a descendant of Aaron the High Priest (brother of Moses), whose role is to officiate at the various rites performed in the Temple.
 
Kosher (“fit” or “proper”):
1. Kosher ”fit,” used of anything in the sense of “proper” or “good.”
2. Iin reference to food, used to mean complying with the requirements of Jewish dietary laws.
Kuf:
Kuf is the 19th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
For further explanation see Alef-Beit Significances.
Also see: The Mystical Significance of the Hebrew Letters (including an image and audio pronunciation of each letter).

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