"We used to develop and perform material after Shabbat dinner in our parents' house," recalls Erran Baron Cohen.
The Kabbalah Centre has decided that there are ways to bring peace to the world that don't involve staging vomit-ins (as peaceniks did in San Francisco) or holding up traffic on Wilshire Boulevard. The night before the war started, the call went out from Rabbi Phillip Berg at the center that everyone should "scan" (meaning that they should let their eyes pass over the Hebrew letters without actually reading it) a certain passage in the Zohar, the ancient kabbalistic text, whichÂ is now published online. Berg advocated that people scan a passage from Exodus, from the Parsha Beshalach, that deals with the war the Jews fought against Amalek.
In recent years, there have been a number of modest volumes that are aimed at presenting a representative selection of readings from the mystical classic, the Zohar.
It used to be said that kabbalah should only be studied by the very old or very learned, otherwise it could inspire madness. In his book "Practical Kabbalah: A Guide to Jewish Wisdom in Everyday Life," Rabbi Laibl Wolf attempts both to dispel the mythology surrounding this ancient, mystical teaching and to demonstrate its necessity for those of us living in the modern world.