Question: According to Wikipedia, the wisdom of Kabbalah is defined as an esoteric religious study in Judaism that emerged in the 12th century and spread in the 16th century. How should we understand that?
Answer: There is no way you can understand that, because these are assumptions people make and nothing more.
Comment: But people rely on Wikipedia as a source of information.
Answer: There is nothing we can do about it. That’s the way it should be so that a person will break through the thorns to the stars.
Such myths are meant especially so that when a person goes through them, like through the wilderness, he will grow stronger. He strains with the mind and feelings and then he can distinguish the truth, like separating the wheat from the chaff. A person begins to understand that it makes sense and is worthwhile, whereas the definition he has read are conjectures of people who don’t understand anything.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/24/16