Click on this diagram for explanations of the ten powers ("Sefirot") of Kabbalistic doctrine
|God||Personal||Impersonal, Unknowable, approached intellectually||Unknowable God: Ein-sof. Creation and Revelation through Ten "Sefirot" (divine powers). Emphasis on the tension between
Justice and Mercy
(= [separation and harmony]
= [punishment and blessing]
= [female and male]) .
|Reasons for Observance of Torah||Obedience to God||Ultimate purpose: To achieve knowledge of God.
Means to end: Peaceful society, moral restraint
|Harmonizing the Sefirot, drawing down merciful forces. Mystical significance of each commandment|
|Eschatology (Messianism)||National and religious restoration||Universalism: "Philosopher King"||National redemption equated with redemption of God (Shekhina)|