One need only browse the shelves of a bookstore (in both the Judaica and "New Age" sections) or listen to the media to know that Kabbalah is a popular subject these days. From Hollywood personalities to local adult education classes, the interest in Kabbalah is clearly on the rise. For many centuries, the study of Kabbalah has been available to very few. The English word cabal derived from the word Kabbalah means a "secret society," pointing to the fact that Kabbalah has, for a long time, been considered a subject for a small number of individuals. Today, with the ease of communication, and with the mass distribution of books as a result of the phenomenon of the Internet, it is common for there to be widespread dissemination of information-as well as misinformation-seemingly on every subject. 3 Minute Discourses on Kabbalah by Leading Jewish Scholars gathers the writings of leading scholars in the field. Its goal is to introduce the basic ideas of Kabbalah to those who desire reliable information and insight into Jewish mystical tradition.
These discourses, taken from some of the most important books on Kabbalah available today, also serve to point the serious student of Kabbalah to sources and resources that are essential for further study.
Part 1 The Jewish Mystical Tradition Chapter 2 Mysticism in the Jewish Tradition Chapter 3 Interpreting Kabbalistic Imagery Part 4 The History of Kabbalah Chapter 5 A Time-line of Jewish Mysticism Chapter 6 The Development of the Kabbalah Part 7 The Study of Kabbalah Chapter 8 The Problems with Teaching Kabbalah Chapter 9 Studying the Kabbalah Part 10 Who is a Kabbalist? Chapter 11 The Kabbalist Chapter 12 The Kabbalah of Ari Part 13 Kabbalistic Texts Chapter 14 The Bahir: The Primary Text of Kabbalah Chapter 15 The Basic Concepts of Sefir Yetzirah Part 16 The Ten Sefirot Chapter 17 The Ten Sefirot Chapter 18 The Sefirot and the Days of Creation Part 19 Meditation and Kabbalah Chapter 20 Meditation and Kabbalah Chapter 21 The Vocabulary of Kabbalistic Meditation Chapter 22 The Purpose and Practice of Meditation Part 23 Selected Topics Chapter 24 Reincarnation Chapter 25 The Sabbath and the Kabbalah Chapter 26 The Reason for Creation in Kabbalistic Thought Chapter 27 Kabbalistic Conceptions of Death Chapter 28 The Paradox of Nothingness in Kabbalah