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KosherTorah School
for Spiritual Studies

P.O. Box 628
Tellico Plains, TN. 37385

Ariel Bar Tzadok,
Director, Rabbi



Forms divide, essence unites.
Religion is a psychological archetype.
Religious lessons enlighten us about the collective psychology of all humanity.

  Religion is thus more about man than it is about God, and that is the way God wants it to be. 

Rational explanations of deeply spiritual, mystical topics.
 In-depth classes and courses in the following fields:
Bible, Orthodox Judaism, Kabbalah, & Meditation
(We also cover many other topics, from many other fields)
All of our courses are geared towards
removing fundamentalism, extremism, superstitions, and prejudice from religion.

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KosherTorah School Statement of 42 Principles

2017 New Classes

Shalom, Welcome, Bienvenidos!

NEW: (February 2017)
I may be starting a new class in Halakha (Torah Law).  If anyone is interested in this course of study, please email me. 
I'll collect a list of potential students, and make the necessary arrangements once our list is complied.


Sefer Yetzirah Otrzrot Hayim Book of Isaiah

The Sefer Yetzirah? Who wrote it? Abraham, Jeremiah, Ben Sira, R. Akiva, or a later anonymous author? What is the purpose of a pseudepigrapha. Synopsis of the individual chapters. 1. Sefirot, 2. Letters, 3. Amesh, 4. Beged Kaporet, 5. the Twelve, 6. the Outer World. Alternative meaning of “sefirot” referring to numbers, not emanations. The combinations of letters form all words in all languages. The relationship of the cosmological, astronomical, astrological and anatomical, and how this system is the foundation of holistic medicine, the likes of which were practiced in the ancent world, and even today in oriental medicine. The original meaning of the text was to teach Sodot Ma'aseh Bereshit, the secrets of creation. However, we find that these secrets may indeed take us into the realms of science and mathematics, more than into the realms of mysticism, and meditation.


 The Creation of Consciousness.

The primordial act of will, the beginning of individuation.

An overall introduction into the Lurianic Kabbalah and the different schools that evolved within it. Why this system must be understood within the realm of psychology, and not in the realm of cosmology. All Lurianic terms, and concepts need to be understood within the context of the psychological.

Reading from Sefer Ba'al Shem Tov (V'et'hanan 69).

Concept 1 – Tzimtzum. What exactly is a contraction of God? How must such concept be understood. How does our understanding of the primordial Tzimzum have any meaning, and value to our lives today. Reading from “The Psychology of Tzimtzum” by Mordechai Rotenberg.

A deeper understanding from R. Vital's book, Mevo She'arim.

Chapter 1:1-23. Isaiah, an introduction into prophecy and prophetic missions.  Isaiah describes the psychic impact of religious hypocrisy, and social injustice on the nation. God is not pleased with, does not desire religious activity performed by individuals who lack moral character.  Isaiah taps into the collective psyche of the Judean nation, and sees its psychological, moral sickness. His graphic description is intended to be an emotional jab to the heart, to arouse a change in behavior.  This lesson explains the basic focus of Hebraic thinking, and shows how Isaiah's moral message was a perennial lesson for all times. This is what makes it prophecy, not that it predicts the future, but rather it exposes the true, deeper levels of the condition of the human soul.  Also included is a quick polemic discussing the need of blood sacrifice as understood in Judaism, and Christianity.


The Three Sefarim.  What is the meaning, and significance of the number 32? More so what is “wisdom,” and why is it “wondrous”? What is the “engraving”? Why does the text elaborate ten “Names” of God, as opposed to one being enough?  Reading from the commentaries of Sa'adiah Gaon, Avraham Abulafia, and the RaVaD. Reference to the Yod, the primordial form (golem), and its relationship to the concealed realms in the universe, and the mind. Understanding the relationship of the macrocosm, and microcosm. The Three Sefarim. Are they “book, reader and story,” or are they “letters, numbers, and creation.” Is there really a difference between the two? This lesson begins our journey into the wonders of the imagination, from which comes forth all thought, and passion that are the building blocks of the inner and outer worlds. We conclude with a coded understanding of the text, discovering within it a hidden reference to the 42 Letter Name (of Ma'aseh Bereshit). The class worksheet elaborates a uniquely Abulafian technique of intermingling a triad of renditions of the 42 Letter Name to construct a combination of letters that can be used for meditative, and/or contemplative purposes.

Igulim and Yosher
Why the Light of the Ayn Sof had to reemerge into the halal (Mevo Shearim). The two forms of primordial Light emanated into the Halal (vacuum) left after the Tzimtzum. Spheres and columns represent two different manifestations of the Will or Evolving Mind of the Ayn Sof. These two expressions are the original materialization of the two concepts that will later be known as external, and internal reality, force and form, soul, and body, mercy and severity, fluidity and rigidity.

This class outlines the reason for the essential existence of duality in nature, and then describes the nature of complexity as the final form of Divine manifestation, the purpose being for all the individual parts to learn how to operate in harmony with one another.

Reference to the Image of God within “man.” Adam Kadmon is a Zeir Anpin to the Ayn Sof just as Zeir Anpin is an Ayn Sof to humanity.

Additional readings from the Mevo Shearim, and the Etz Hayim.



Chapter1:24 – 2:9. Social moral responsibility. The purpose of hard times (judgment?) is to refine, not to inflict suffering. The path to social restoration revolves around justice, and charity. Isaiah's focus is always on moral issues, and not ritual concerns. The difference between a poshe'ah (one who harms with intent), and a hoteh (one who succumbs to temptation), what consequences results from their choices. Ancient sexual ritual observances.

The great ideal for the future. Isaiah's vision for a world united, without war, or war-craft, when all would seek wisdom and guidance from Law, and God. Yet, Isaiah does not mention here a Mashiah, and although many interpret this to be a messianic prophecy, the literal text does not support such a literal reading.

The place of divination and occult manipulations in ancient Israel. Isaiah blames these for the fall of the nation. The quantum nature of reality is circumvented by forbidden fortune-telling. The influence of Babylonia and Persian cultures on ancient Israel.



The Ten Sefirot and the 22 Letters.  The three Sefarim as perceived in different ways. The central role of perception, and how individual perception defines reality. This is the meaning of the 32 wondrous path, with the three Sefarim being imagination, contemplation, and implementation.

Mishna 2. The curious repetition of triads, three sefarim, three sets of letters, olam, shana, and nefesh.   The various ways of understanding “nefesh,” and its possible relationship to the Hiyuli, prima-matter, and its relationship to the concept of Adam Kadmon discussed in later Kabbalistic literature.

What are sefirot? What does the term, “bli mah” mean? Different perceptions of what exactly are sefirot.   The relationship of letters to the primal natural forces. Relationship to DNA. How all of creation is perceived and expressed through human communication with words and mathematics. How these are the actual building blocks in real-time, as opposed to creation through mystical, or magical means.


TaNT'O and AS'MaB

There is YHWH above and YHWH below, God and Man. Each is a reflection of the other, macrocosm opposite microcosm.

Form is a construct of letters, similar to that taught in the Sefer Yetzirah. Letters are harmonic frequencies transcending any and every language. To say that God speaks Hebrew, or created the universe using Hebrew is only a metaphor, not to be taken literally. Letters have audio elements, and physical elements to them. These are the song, vowels, crowns, and forms. These lesson describes the cosmological, and psychological aspects of these elements.

This lesson then describes the nature of the human perception of God, or God within. God is experienced within the human context in four unique ways, corresponding to the human unconscious, and rational minds, the human heart, and the physical form. The Name of God YHWH is therefore written in four different forms (AB, SAG, MAH, and BEN) to identify each level and each psychological construct.

This lesson explains Hayim Vital's intricate terminologies, and how he came about to experience them with the states of his own contemplative meditations.

Chapter 2:10-3:12. The End of Days, and Signs of the Fall of Civilization. Isaiah's profound insight enabled him to see a time of global realignment, and human reintegration. This has become known as the messianic age, but here in this chapter there is no mention of a messiah. There is only mention of the fall of evil people. This lesson offers a general overview of the advent of Mashiah, and asks the question how such an intervention in human history would be interpreted. Would it be considered an alien invasion? Will it indeed be one?
Isaiah then outlines the signs of the collapse of ancient Judean society, signs, the likes of which have repeated themselves throughout history leading to the collapse of civilizations Mention of the Watchers (from Daniel), and their influence on the minds of people, that lead to the signs referenced by Isaiah. The dangers of youth worship. The dangers of disrespect, mockery, and imposition dominance.
Many references, and examples to modern times are discussed, with discussions of present relevant, hotly contested issues. The lesson ends with a call for sanity.

The Ten Sefirot in Abulafia, and Other Early Sources
Readings from the works or R. Eliezer of Germiza, R. Yitzhak of Acco, RaMBaN and R. Abulafia's commentary Gan Na'ul, with special elaboration from his book, Sitrei Torah on RaMBaM's Moreh Nebukhim.  
What are the Ten Sefirot? There are two specific opinions, one very different from the other. This class covers the transition of understanding the sefirot cosmologically as infinite numbers, and into understanding them spiritually, as deeper, and deeper levels of human consciousness. The sefirot are the inner essence of the letters. This opens us up to discuss the relationship of force and form, (mind over matter). 

This class enumerates Abulafia's understanding of the Sefirot, and their relationship to Divine inspiration. Abulafia elaborates on the power of the mind, and its relationship to the Shekhina, Ruah HaKodesh (Divine inspiration), the Active Intelligence (Sekhel HaPo'al), Metatron, the Ishim angels, and Malkhut/Tzedek consciousness.



The Dawn of Consciousness in Adam Kadmon, the Lights of the Ear

This class introduces a profound set of symbols visualized by Hayim Vital as lights coming out from the facial orifices of Adam Kadmon. These symbols indicate the origins of consciousness itself, and how it comes to be from the state of the potential, and into the state of the actual.

The ear symbolizes the dawn of rational comprehension. Light “comes out from” the ears. The lights of the ears, right ear, and left ear, represent the two forms of dawning perception, inner perception, and out perception, here symbolized as Ohr Penimi, and Ohr Makif. This Light symbolically travels the path of the symbolic beard down to the heart. This is a beautiful metaphor to describe the process where dawning consciousness merges intellect with emotion. Mention is also made of the Kabbalistic tradition of men wearing a long, uncut beard, and why this observance is unnecessary.   The class explains, with many examples the origins of consciousness, and how we develop construct thought, from potential to actual.

Chapter 3:13- 5:10.  The Natural Consequences of Immorality, and How it Contributes to Social Collapse. Disaster befall societies not due to any supernatural Heavenly intervention, but rather by nature taking its course, without Divine prevention. Societies fall under the weight of their own faults, imbalances, and injustice. This lesson focuses on the need for proper female role models to inspire women of all ages, to dispel the present spirit of feminine immorality, and arrogance, and how this attitude contributes to societal collapse. Societal collapse leads to outbreaks of violence, and war, where death tolls are catastrophic. Isaiah's insight into human behavior, that which he observed in his day, is perennially psychological, and is applicable in every generation, thus making it prophetic.  As is his way, Isaiah always includes promises of comfort and protection for those whom he considers to be the righteous. One of his main messages is that regardless of how bad societal ills become, God never abandons those who remain righteous, and thus faithful to Him.

The Covenant of the Ten and the Two Forms of Creation.  Creation is not metaphysical, supernatural, or magical. Meditation is for a purpose, to extract from the unconscious the creative idea and to materialize it into an appropriate physical form. This class discusses the relationship between the symbolic relationship of the hands, and the tongue, the toes and the sexual organ. All references to these body parts are understood as symbols reflecting a dynamic of interactions between one's inner creative power, and one's personal external expressions of said power. Religious people create within the religious context. Artists, musicians, and scientists each create, in the same way, within their individual, relative fields.
This class also introduces Mishna 4, and the usage of the powers of the whole mind to test, and explore reality, with the intent to extract from the mind practical, and realistic forms to create. This instruction sums up in brief the entire purpose, and practice of the text.
Reference is also made of Abulafia's automatic writing techniques, and other meditative forms used by Rabbis.




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