I have been up till 3 in the morning on a number of occasions since the start of the summer semester. It is not baby related! This past June a class finishing their second year of study asked that I offer a new class over the summer. Whenever a new class starts there is always a significant amount of preparation so I was at first skeptical. But this request was simple—can you create a Kabbalah review class. How hard could that be?
As it turns out I have learned in a few short weeks that “review” does not mean going over the same material again. In conceptualizing this class I wanted to solidify an understanding of the core teachings of Kabbalah but in a new context. So I went back to the source texts and quickly realized that I was starting from the beginning with the aim of explaining Kabbalah as if I was writing an introductory text.
I found this piece that I included in a draft for an introduction to Kabbalah study:
“Learning occurs not when you are taught something you already know, and not even by something the teacher already knows—but by the surprises that emerges in the midst of learning together.”
So instead of reviewing, we have been looking at distinctions of Kabbalah—how Kabbalah differs from traditional Judaism and now have turned to looking at the evolution of Kabbalah. However ancient the wisdom of Kabbalah—it has continued to evolve. So will our classes at KE. In fact, we could consider that KE also stands for Kabbalah Evolves.
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