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Robert Waxman, Ph.D.


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Please ask any questions that are relevant to Kabbalah or Jewish mysticism. Other topics to inquire about include: science and Kabbalah, parallel universes, reincarnation, after-death states, cosmology, numerology (gematria), hidden meanings of the Bible, the eternal validity of the soul, Plato, and Kabbalah, Vedanta and Kabbalah, and the meaning of life according to Kabbalah.

Experience in the area

Author of "Kabbalah Simply Stated" published by Paragon House Publishers and distributed in 12 countries. Other books: "2012: The Meaning and The Message", "Seven Fundamental Propositions of Esoteric Philosphy" and "The Power of AWE!". Studied Kabbalah with Rabbi Azriel Abraham of Jerusalem from 1985 - 1998 and have been teaching Kabbalah and other subjects since 1998. Classes include: Kabbalah According To The Scholars, (Scholem, Kaplan, Tishby & Idel), Comparative Spirituality, Latest Research on the Near Death Experience (NDE), Spirtually Transformative Experiences & Cognitive Dissonance, Common Threads of Wisdom in Religion, Science, and Consciousness Studies. Thousands have attended these classes over the years. Additionally, on-going classes are given all year round along with guest speaking presentations at a wide variety of religious and philosophical organizations.


Founding Member and guest speaker at The Open Center in Sarasota, FL. International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) Longboat Key Education Center Unity Life Enrichment Center American Seminar Leader's Association


(3) Books, many original articles that can be found on the internet (ezine, netterweb, searchwarp, etc.) "Beyond Madonna - Kabbalah according to the Great Scholars" and "Beyond The Da Vinci Code".


Ph.D. from Saybrook University; Master's Degree from Skidmore College with a concentration in Comparative Religion; (2) B.A.'s from The American University. Additional courses in Philosophy at Columbia University.

Awards and Honors

Many certificates of appreciation and recognition from various organizations.

Past/Present Clients

Over the last 15 years classes have been held at The Open Center, (5) Jewish Community Centers in South Florida, synogogues, Longboat Key Education Center, The Center For Positive Living, Interfaith Centers, Unity of Sarasota, and other religious & philosophical organizations.

What do you like about this subject?

Kabbalah is a universal philosophy. People of all faiths, cultures, nationalities and gender can study Kabbalah. Its universal teachings are meant to bring unity, love and a higher consciousness to humanity.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Kabbalah holds the key to understanding many profound questions that have been asked throughout the ages. One can spend a lifetime studying this subject.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Teaching authentic Kabbalah according to the writings of world-renowned scholars. Enjoy separating fact from fiction and commenting on ancient superstitions that people should not take seriously.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Kabbalah is fascinating because it holds universal truths which are also found in Vedanta, Taoism, Sufism, Gnosticism, Mahayana Buddhism, Shinto, and other esoteric philosophies.

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Recent Answers from Robert Waxman, Ph.D.

2016-07-06 Question about Tree of Life:

Hi Sarah,    Thank you for your question. You are correct about The Tree of Life with Gevurah (judgement, severity) on the left side and Chesed (love) on the right side (both are below the Supernal Triad

2016-01-06 Kabbalah Controversy:

Hi Carrie - thank you for your question about who can study Kabbalah.     Please understand that whoever you've been speaking to about the relationship between Judaism and Kabbalah is not offering accurate

2015-10-18 Significance of 'Abaddon' Within Kabbalah.:

Hi Casy,    Thank you for your question concerning "Abaddon."     You are correct about Abaddon being associated with Kabbalistic mythology. Originally, in The Book of Job, Abbadon was a place that was

2015-09-08 Messiah:

Hi Jennifer,    Thank you for your question.     In Kabbalah, there are many different beliefs and interpretations regarding "messianic consciousness." You could speak with (10) Kabbalists and receive

2015-06-28 afterlife:

Dear Jennifer,     Thank you for the follow-up question.    There are some Kabbalists who believe that this tradition goes back to Abraham. However, there is no scholarship to support this claim, and the


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