Kabbalistic Divination and Numerology: Jewish Mysticism and Gematria

Wednesdays, September 4 – 25 (4 classes), 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. CT  
TS Members: $70 • Nonmembers: $80


Kabbalistic Divination and Numerology Matthew Ponok 9.4.24In the Jewish mystical tradition, there are several methods for uncovering the deeper meanings embedded within Hebrew letters, words, and sacred texts. This course presents the history and the logic behind each method and will show you how to apply them in your everyday life. The four classes will also give you an understanding of major themes within Jewish mysticism.

We will explore one sacred method at a time using experiential practices to relate more deeply to each one. Each class will include:

  • instructions and maps for understanding the intuitive method,
  • Kabbalistic teachings from past mystical teachers who used these methods to articulate or derive their wisdom,
  • meditations and practices for making use of the different approaches, and
  • questions and answer components to each session.

Registrants will receive on-demand access to recording(s) that can be viewed for two weeks following the conclusion of the program. Late registrants will receive recording links to all missed sessions.

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You can also watch Rabbi Matthew Ponak’s talk, “The Path of Kindness: Insights from Judaism,” via livestream on Thursday, August 22.

Course Topics:

Week 1: Gematria [numerology] and the hidden mathematics of the Hebrew language

Week 2: Milui [filling out of letters] and the ways to find God in your body

Week 3: Notarikon [acronyms] and changes in punctuation to reveal secret meanings in Hebrew names

Week 4: Atbash [rearranging letters], the most ancient Biblical form of concealing messages

Each of these esoteric approaches will be presented in a way that is accessible to all students, including beginners. Participants do not need to be familiar with Kabbalah, Hebrew, or Judaism to learn from and utilize the approaches and teachings presented in this class.

Rabbi Matthew Ponak 1Rabbi Matthew Ponak is a teacher of Jewish mysticism, a spiritual counselor, and the co-founder of the Mekorah Institute, an online spiritual center for embodied practice. Ordained with honors as a rabbi at the neo-Hasidic Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, he also holds a Master’s degree in Contemplative Religions from the Buddhist-inspired Naropa University. Matthew lives in Victoria, British Columbia, and is certified as a Focusing Professional to guide others to deeper self-knowledge and healing. He is the author of Embodied Kabbalah. Learn more at matthewponak.com.

Program Format

This is a live, interactive online program that will also be recorded. Registrants will receive on-demand access to recording(s) that can be viewed for two weeks following the conclusion of the program.

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