Midrash: Well of Kabbalah
The KabbalaHebrew.com Online Midrash Study Program is not a study of Midrash Rabah per se, but rather a study of how the early Midrash Rabah literature is the first repository of Kabbalah in Rabbinic Judaism which then later expanded into many other midrashic collections, the Talmud, and then into Kabbalah.
Therefore a broad study of the spiritual teachings in the Midrash should be consulted as the primary starting point text for Kabbalah study.
KabbalaHebrew.com is committed to pursuing the approach that by paying attention to specific Hebrew Keywords and by paying attention to elements of Hebrew Grammar, Pronunciation and Syntax, the Midrash Rabah is actually the first organized text on what will later be known as “the Midrash” (actually, the entire Midrashic Literature encompassing many volumes of distinctly named texts from the 400s CE to modern times).
This literature also separately expanded and was then known as “the Kabbalah” sometimes without any specific keying back to the Midrash literature!
The Tanaitic Rabbis intuited this type of study instinctively as their lives were suffused with the study of Torah in Hebrew. Looking back, it is a miracle that this literature survived as so few had access to it and it was mastered only by the most gifted rabbinic scholars.
When we say “the Kabbalah” it is a meaningless phrase as there is no one single text that defines “the Kabbalah” in any comprehensive way. What we have instead is the Kabbalah of the Midrash Rabah, the Kabbalah of the Sefer Yetzirah, the Kabbalah of the Zohar, the Kabbalah of KabbalaHebrew, etc. and so on.
KabbalaHebrew™ explains the grammar, logic, or sentence structure that supports the Midrash Rabah’s writers’ assumptions and conclusions whenever possible, and consciously links these teachings to basic Kabbalistic thinking.
The “process of midrash” is found in ample supply in the Midrash Rabah literature but it is also found in the Talmud. Many midrashic teachings were erroneously labeled as Agadah (legend) and ascribed a lower value than the Halacha (legal religious rulings) of the Talmud.
To avoid confusion, I use Midrash with a capital letter M to designate the literature and texts that can still be consulted and studied today. Then I use midrash with a lower case m to designate the process of midrash which permeates Rabbinic Jewish thought throughout the ages.
In fact midrash is found additionally in the Mishnah, the earliest rabbinic writings.
One could make a good argument that the process of midrash in fact happens in the Torah text itself!
All of this and more will be part of an in-depth study through the translation project that is the KabbalaHebrew.com Online Midrash Study Project.
The student will quickly come to appreciate that without the Hebrew language background it is difficult to achieve a grounded understanding of Kabbalah.
These Online Midrash lessons can be studied using only the English transliterations of the Hebrew terms.
However the Hebrew of all the keywords, both with and without vowels, will be supplied to the student. Then those students who have mastered at least a basic letter and vowel competence in deciphering the Hebrew words can deepen their understanding of the Biblical Hebrew and its spiritual underpinnings.
See the web page In-Person Courses for more details about the various introductory lecture classes and the new online and seminar study programs. To arrange a course of study for your place of worship, please use the contact information provided, or press the "Contact me" link below.