Kabbalah and mysticism

Kabbalah – the inner wisdom, the essence of God – is at the heart of Jewish mysticism. Explore the magical essence of words and the infinite creation of the physical and metaphysical universe.

Do not believe everything you read: a Kabbalistic case study (Jonnie Schnytzer)

Do not believe everything you read: a Kabbalistic case study

Article by:
Jonnie Schnytzer

Jonnie Schnytzer reads between the lines of a commentary to The Book of Creation, and explores how copyists have the power to alter the meaning of secret symbols.

Read More
The power of language in Jewish Kabbalah and magic: how to do (and undo) things with words (Agata Paluch)

The power of language in Jewish Kabbalah and magic: how to do (and undo) things with words

Article by:
Agata Paluch

By looking into Jewish mystical texts and the use of names in Jewish magic, Dr Agata Paluch considers the use of divine and angelic names to gain special powers, cast magic, or even attain unification with God.

Read More
Kabbalistic Diagrams in the British Library Margoliouth Catalogue (Yossi Chajes)

Kabbalistic diagrams in the British Library's Margoliouth Catalogue

Article by:
Yossi Chajes

Using the work of the Library’s Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project, Dr Yossi Chajes examines ‘visual Kabbalah’, its interpretations and its importance

Read More

Further themes

Illuminations and the art of writing

From full border illuminations to marginal micrography, which stories are revealed by these creative forms of art?

Jewish communities

What was it like to be a European, Middle Eastern, North African, or even Chinese Jew hundreds of years ago?

Jewish Law

Explore the Talmud, Halakhah and legal codes, and how they affect every aspect of Jewish life.

Jewish Liturgy

From Siddur to Seder – the order of prayers and their exact readings were transmitted throughout the years across all Jewish communities.

Kabbalah and mysticism

Explore the magical essence of words and the infinite creation of the physical and metaphysical universe.

New technologies and digital research

How can we digitally experience Hebrew manuscripts? How can we unravel their secrets using computational and scientific techniques?

Science and medicine

From the alignment of the stars to the zodiac, what were the scientific works of Jews and how were they transmitted?

The Hebrew Bible

In which different forms have biblical texts been transmitted, and how was the accuracy of the holy text maintained?