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Monday 4 October 2021

A Tribute to Warren Kenton (Z’ev Ben Shimon Halevi)

Introduction to Kabbalah   

Revd Marie-Elsa Bragg


Throughout biblical times the mystical tradition of both Jewish and Christian Kabbalah has been hidden, or adapted its terms to new religious and philosophical ideas. However, the basic teaching of the Tree of Life, otherwise known as ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, with its four levels and dynamic network of paths and principles has remained the same. The word Kabbalah comes from the Hebrew root ‘to receive’ and the esoteric map within this tradition is passed on to every generation in the hope that it might both guide and awaken us further into relationship with ourselves, the world and the divine.

Marie-Elsa Bragg is a writer and priest. She studied Jewish Mysticism and Jewish Festivals at Leo Baeck Rabbinical College and Theology at Oxford University. She has been a Spiritual director for over 20 years and a student of the late Warren Kenton (Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi) for over 25 years.