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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Ancient Jewish wisdom of Kabbalah made available to Kurds

LONDON,— One of the largest groups of Kabbalists -- people who follow the spiritual and mystical teachings that originated in Judaism -- is about to have its first Kurdish-language section thanks to Rebwar Ramouk, a Kurd from Iran who is now living in the UK.

Ramouk, a member of the Bnei Baruch group that is the largest Kabbalah group in Israel, is planning to translate key texts and Internet materials, so Kurds around the world can study the movement.

Kabbalah is described by those who study it as an ancient wisdom that reveals the workings of life and the universe. Its origins are traced to antiquity, to ancient Babylon, but until relatively recently its wisdom was closely guarded for thousands of years. 

Ramouk, who is originally from Mahabad, has already begun with a Facebook page, which has generated some interest.

“Around 25 people have already contacted me and at least five of them are serious about finding out more about Kabbalah,” says Ramouk, who is manager of the Persian section of the Bnei Baruch Kabbalah and has translated four of its books into Persian.
“Now, we are planning to build a Kurdish Section in our main web site, which is already available in more than 30 languages. This Kurdish section will be part of a non-profit organization that aims to teach the wisdom of Kabbalah to interested Kurdish students for free.”

He first became interested in Kabbalah about five years ago, after discovering some videos on the Internet that piqued his curiosity and led to further research and reading while he was in Iran.

He moved to the UK for further studies -- he has two masters degrees in nuclear physics and in social sciences from Exeter University and plans to start a PhD soon -- where he also deepened his knowledge of Kabbalah.

He says membership of the movement is compatible with other religious beliefs, such as Islam, and that it has followers across the Middle East including countries such as Saudi Arabia.

“We believe humanity is like a body and people are the cells of that body. Some people are brain cells, some people are cells of the heart and so on,” he says. “People can be a Muslim, a Christian or whatever and a student of Kabbalah.”

Kabbalah attracted headlines several years ago when the pop star Madonna revealed she was an adherent, although she belonged to a different Kabbalah movement to Ramouk’s. 

“There are different methods of studying Kabbalah, and I say to students who ask about that studying Kabbalah is internal and serious and people need to decide for themselves.”

By Sharmila Devi - Rudaw 

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