Two questions I received on who can study Kabbalah:
Question: In your blog entry Get a Job you say, “Actually, Kabbalah obligates a person to get a job, get married and only then study Kabbalah.” What does “study Kabbalah” mean? Don’t children study it in many groups? So I’m wondering what “study Kabbalah” means. I think that “study Kabbalah” means the more in depth study, the full study, not the study of human interaction and coexistence with one another that the kids are involved in.
My Answer: Kabbalists write that in our time there are no bans on studying Kabbalah, and it can be studied at any age. The children will grow up, get married, and start working with the knowledge in depth. The world is made in such way that a person must “establish himself according to nature” (get married, work, and so on), and only then can he begin discerning his differences from the Creator and correcting them.
Question: I have never asked myself what I am living for, but I want to study Kabbalah. Can I do it?
My Answer: Rav Kook and other Kabbalists write that there are no restrictions on studying Kabbalah. Even if you don’t have questions, you can study in a group according to the principle, “You’ll work up an appetite once you start eating.” You will acquire the group’s aspiration for the search of the meaning of life. The environment influences the individual, and hence you will also begin to feel your point in the heart and will include your desire into the common ascent!
Laitman.com Post: Do You Have to Be Married to Study Kabbalah?
Kabbalah for Beginners: Chapter 5 – “Who Can Study Kabbalah?”
Kabbalah for Beginners: Chapter 6 – “How To Study Kabbalah”
Kabbalah Today Article: “Avraham Isaac HaCohen Kook (1865-1935)”