FAQ about Kabbalah and Chassidut: Introduction

The Torah, God’s blueprint for the world, has both a revealed and a concealed dimension. The revealed dimension contains the laws of the Torah, while the concealed dimension contains the Torah’s secrets. These secrets are the signature of the Creator in reality. It is up to us to study these secrets so that we can emulate God in all that we do, and pave the way for the redemption–when God’s Presence will be readily perceived by all creations here on earth.

In the following chapters, we will present some fundamental concepts of the inner dimension of the Torah. It is important to note that there are a number of synonyms for this inner dimension: Kabbalah, the concealed part of the Torah, secrets of the Torah, sitrei Torah, nistar or the soul of the Torah. Although each synonym has its own subtleties, they are all basically interchangeable. Chassidut, also included in the concealed part of the Torah, is the inner dimension of Kabbalah, or the soul of the soul of the Torah.

Introduction
What is the Inner Dimension of the Torah?
What is the origin of Kabbalah and Chassidut?
Who Can Study Kabbalah and Chassidut?
What Should be my Goals?
Where do I begin?
Can Kabbalah and Chassidut Change my Life?
How Do I Make Kabbalah and Chassidut Part of My Daily Life?
What is Practical Kabbalah?
Are Amulets Considered Practical Kabbalah? Do they work? 
Is it Advisable to Receive Advice from Kabbalists?
What About People Who Claim to have Spiritual or Healing Powers?
How Can I Know if the Source of Kabbalah I Am Studying is Authentic?

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