Although Kabbalah has made a dramatic entrance into pop culture over the past decade, authentic Kabbalah is an ancient discipline dating back over 3,300 years. This deeply esoteric, mystical branch of Judaism has been handed down by word of mouth throughout the generations and came to written form in the second century by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Kabbalah's purpose is to give profound inner meaning to written Scripture and attempt to describe the transcendent nature of a formless, infinite God as He relates to His finite creations. You might ask, "What's a nice, serious subject like Kabbalah doing in a book like this?" The answer lies in Kabbalah itself. Laughter is an involuntary reflex that transcends reason and lifts us above our physical state, allowing for an unselfconscious connection with something beyond the self - God, for example. A joyful person is open, available and willing to entertain concepts that don't necessarily fit a logical paradigm. So jokes can become vehicles through which we can contemplate the divine. If this sounds intriguing, have I got a joke book for you!
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