According to Shimon Shokek, a professor of philosophy and mysticism at Baltimore Hebrew University, Kabbalistic tradition began in the 12th and 13th centuries in Europe.
is about ,deciphering the secrets of existence,, Shokek
says Kabbalists are ,immensely interested in the world of God, and try to answer a myriad of questions about the higher power.
, who studied Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah
at the Hebrew University
in Jerusalem, says he
has reached only the ,tip of the iceberg.,
...A seminar that Shokek taught at the Smithsonian a few years ago drew nearly 200 participants.
Classes at Jewish community centers and other area learning centers fill up quickly.
According to Shokek
, the heightened interest, especially among the rich and famous, seems logical.