Who is Rabbi Issac Luria also known as the ARI?

Simply put! The ARI - Rabbi Issac Luria - is the best known Kabbalist since the writing of the Zohar. He developed an understanding of the Kabbalah called the Lurianic system.

All Kabbalists since his birth follow his system. There is no exceptions. It is for this reason that his recommendations are taken to heart by almost all teachers of the Kabbalah

He also teaches that the last 9 days of the 3 week period are the toughest and he chose to leave this world on the 5th day of the 5th month. Hay B'Av so that we can utilize his essence to help balance the period.

Here is a Midrash / story about the relationship between Rabbi Chaim Vital and The Ari

The Teacher Only when the Student is Ready

The "Holy Ari," Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, was born in Israel but at a very young age he moved to Egypt where he was raised by his uncle, who was a wealthy merchant, and eventually married his uncle's daughter.

After his marriage, the Arizal spent some time trying his hand in business. But a short while later he gave it up completely to pursue a life of scholarship and holiness. The reason, it is said, is that one day he came across the holy Zohar (primary Kabbalah text) and was instantly enchanted. He became so engrossed in its study that he let go of all else.

He spent seven years of intense Talmudic study with his teacher R. Betzalel Ashkenazi (author of Shita Hamekubetzet). Afterwards, he secluded himself for six years. He would retreat to a cottage that was built on the banks of the Nile, where he would be alone, in total isolation, returning home only for Shabbat.

During this time, he would not converse or speak to anyone. Even with his wife he would only speak when absolutely necessary, and when he did it would be in concise words, and only in the Holy Language, Biblical Hebrew. From this he merited ruach hakodesh--i.e. purified and prophetic intuition. Eliyahu Hanavi (Elijah the prophet) started to appear to him and teach him the secrets of the Torah.

After twenty years of such study, meditation and seclusion in Egypt, the prophet Eliyahu appeared to him and said, "G-d has told me to tell you: Your time is nearing, you are going to pass away from this world soon…go up to Israel, to the city of Tsfat, and find the wise man whose name is Rabbi Chayim (Vital). You shall rest your hands upon him (metaphorically speaking, as this is a form of initiatory transmission and transition) and give him over all your wisdom because he will take your place (after you pass on), and your entire being did not come down to this world except to rectify his soul, because he has a very precious soul. And through you (i.e., the wisdom you will impart and the spiritual work you will do with him), he will merit wisdom and a great light will shine through him to the entire people of Israel.

"And I (Eliyahu) guarantee you that I will reveal myself to you whenever you need me, and I will reveal to you secrets of the Above and Below. And also, G-d will bestow upon you ruach hakodesh (Divine inspiration], a thousand times more than what you have already received. What you cannot merit here in an impure land (i.e. Egypt) you will attain in the Land of Israel."

Immediately the Ari, along with this wife and children, moved to settle in Tsfat and waited for Rabbi Chayim Vital to come to him.

And there he sat, waiting and wondering, "When will this R. Chayim come and learn from me and receive the wondrous hidden wisdom?"

Six months passed and R. Chayim did not come to the Ari. Moreover, he thought that really the Ari should come to learn from him, being that he himself was such an accomplished scholar.[1] To compound the situation, the Ari, despite the fact that he was the humblest of men, did not wish to approach R. Chayim or to send a messenger in order to encourage him to come learn with him.

Finally, after six months, R. Chayim did come to the Ari; he had decided to present him with a difficult piece of Zohar in order to see how the Ari would decipher the text. This was meant to be a test of sorts, as R. Chayim was already thoroughly confident in his understanding of the text, based on (his studies with and) the teachings of R. Moshe Cordevero. The Ari proceeded to explain the selection from the Zohar very beautifully, whereupon R. Chayim began to ask him a flurry of questions. The Ari answered each question thoughtfully and impressively.

Afterwards R. Chayim Vital went home and began fasting. Before he went to sleep he placed a sackcloth upon himself and sat covered in ashes. He cried bitterly in a great outpouring of his soul, praying to the Al-mighty that he find favor in the eyes of the Ari, so that the Ari would take him on as a student and become his teacher.

The next morning, he came to the Ari and said, "For the sake of Heaven, do not let me go without revealing to me the great secret wisdom that you possess."

The Ari replied, "The ashes you placed upon yourself last nights helped (i.e., your prayers have been answered). This was my original intention (to become your teacher); do not worry any longer. Last night I was told by the Heavenly Academy to not withhold any (information) from you, and so I will reveal to you all that I know."

R. Chayim then said (wonderingly), "Does this find favor in the eyes of the Creator - that there should be such a great light in the world, and other students (besides me) of this generation will not know of such greatness?"

The Ari responded, "What you suggest (that you teach others) has not been decreed, for these inner secrets will be (revealed) only to you, and no others."

Teachings of the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria

  • Introduction to the Teachings of the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
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    Who is ARI and Constriction

    First Constriction - Introduction to the Ari's concept of 'tzimtzum'

    Introduction to the Ari's Concept of Shevirat Haeilim - "The shattering of the vessels" (in Hebrew, "Shevirat haKeilim") of the world of Tohu

    Rectifying Sparks

    Unit of Creation - A definition of 'partzufim' according to the Arizal

    Natural Soul - A tiny spark of G-dliness clothes itself in an extremely ethereal soul

    This ends our introduction to the basic concepts of Lurianic Kabbala.

  • Various Aspects to the Teachings of the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria - Part 1
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    Northern Exposure - The first word of the Torah also alludes to hidden beginnings.

    Spiritual Wages - HaShem also rewards His 'employees' from the week through Shabbat

    4 Who Entered the Orchard - Four Talmudic sages ascended to rectify the spiritual universes.

  • Various Aspects to the Teachings of the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria - Part 1 A
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    Anatomy of the Creation - The human form provides a model in which the worlds are en-clothed

    Blood Brothers, Soul Brothers - The shedding of blood damages the Divine Image

    4 Aspects of the Emanated - There is an Emanator and an emanated - Understanding the Worlds

  • Various Aspects to the Teachings of the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria - Part 2
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    Luz Bones - The Resurrection of the Dead

    What is Created First? Heaven or Earth?

    - The Arizal resolves a dispute between two Talmudic schools

    In the beginning, Elokim created the heavens and the earth... (Gen. 1:1)

    Ways of the World - All of Creation stems from the root name of G-d - Havayah There are 4 elements that correspond to the 4 letters of Havayah:

    Honoring Parents - Recipe for long life...From the Torah:

    Righteous Generosity - Giving charity increases unity in the world

    Redeeming a Firstborn Son - Extra care must be taken regarding new entities

    Anger Remedy No. 1 - By meditating on the divine root of anger, one can fix it.

    Anger Remedy No. 2 - While focusing on certain divine names during prayer, one can fix anger.

    Elevating the Flesh - Part 2 - Proper intentions for slaughtering are the cosmic struggle between good and evil.

  • Various Aspects to the Teachings of the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria - Part 3
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    Mystical Significance of Hair - Part 1 - Kabbalah teaches that hair is recognized for its spiritual power

    Mystical Significance of Hair - Part 2 - Trimming facial hair has profound implications in the higher worlds

    Marriage Kabbalah - Two Lights - Betrothal and Marriage

    Preparing for Kabbalah - Observance of the mitzvot is primary…to eliminate the thorns…

    Four Holy Faces - One can choose to which chariot's influence he submits himself.

    Writings from the Ari on Various Holidays

    Pesach

  • Ari - Holiday of Pesach - Bar Mitzvah and Chametz - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Ari - Holiday of Pesach - Exodus and Immaturity - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Ari - Holiday of Pesach - Soul Conversation - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Purim

  • Ari - Holiday of Purim - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Tisha B'Av

  • Ari - Fixing the Mixing - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Redeeming the Widow - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • 3 Weeks Meditations - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Beauty of The Universe - Rav Kook Writings
  • Shavuot

  • Ornaments of the Bride - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • The Kings Torah Scroll - Writings by the Ashkenazi Cheif Rabbi - Rabbi Kook
  • Sukkot

  • Ari - Sukkot - Ceiling of Consciousness - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Ari - Sukkot - Origin of 4 Species - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Yom Kippur

  • Ari - Yom Kippurim - Shells - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Ari - Yom Kippurim - Finger of God Part 3 - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Ari - Yom Kippurim - Teshuvah - Writings By Rav Kook
  • Writings from the Ari on Various Parashiot

    Parasha Acherai Mot

  • Shabbat Wages
  • Passion Proprieties
  • Parasha Kedoshim - 5779 - Wild and Wooly
  • Parasha Balak

  • Magician and the Sorcerer - Writings of Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Roots of Evil - Writings of Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Roots of Evil Part 2 - Writings of Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Seeing with a Good Eye - Teachings Of The Baal Shem Tov
  • Tents and Dwelling Places - Writings of Rav Kook
  • Sweet Dreams - Writings of Rav Kook
  • Paradoxical Laws - Writings of Rabbi Horowitz
  • Parasha Bamidbar

  • Counting On the Rebound - Naphtali Census - Writings of Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Counting On the Rebound - Naphtali Census - Writings of Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Bechukotai

  • Soul Trains - Reincarnation Issues by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha BehaAlotcha

  • Sexuality and the Suspicious Spirit - Yesod Issues by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Light Up The Night - Yesod Issues by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha BeHar

  • Shabbat - Relaxation - Elevation - 2 Sections of 4 Sections on Shabbat - Writings by Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Supernal Shabbats - 2 Sections of 4 Sections on Shabbat - Writings by Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Beraisheet

  • World of the Chariot Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • World of the Chariot Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Beshalach

  • Joseph's Bones - Parasha Beshalach - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Not Through the Land of the Philistines - Parasha Beshalach - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Curly Haired Philistines - Parasha Beshalach - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Mediam - Haired Philistines - Parasha Beshalach - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Additional Information Regarding Hair

  • Mystical Aspects of Hair Part 1 - Teachings of the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria -
  • Mystical Aspects of Hair Part 2 - Teachings of the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria -
  • Parasha Bo

  • Kabbalah and the Calendar by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Chayei Sarah

  • Grandfather Abraham
  • Rebecca and Her Pitcher of Water
  • Strength of Sarah
  • Parasha Chukat

  • Ari - Para Aduma - Red Heifer - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Ari - Para Aduma - Red Heifer - Part 2 - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Ari - Para Aduma - Red Heifer - Part 3 - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Ari - Fixing the Mixing - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Serpent On A Pole - Chassidic Teachings - Writings of The Seer of Lublin - Passion For Miracles
  • Parasha Devarim

  • 11 Days Fall From Edom - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Evil Among the Nations - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • 1000 Lights of Understanding - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Destruction of Body and Soul - Writings by Rabbi Isaac Horowitz
  • Understand Understanding - Translated Book of Bahir Writings
  • Venting Wrath On Wood and Stone - Writings Of Ohr Chaim - by Rabbi Chaim Ben Attar
  • Parasha Ekev

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  • Seven Mystical Species - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • It Is All From HaShem - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Eating Is A Divine Reflection - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Emor

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  • Avenging the Death of Abel Part 1 -Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Avenging the Death of Abel Part 2 -Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Breadcrunb in the Beard -Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Ha'Azinu

  • In and Out of the Torah - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Kedoshim

  • Shabbat Wages
  • Passion Proprieties
  • Parasha Kedoshim - 5779 - Wild and Wooly
  • Parasha Ki Tavo

  • Disease and the Divine - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Ki Teitzei

  • Elul Redemptions - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Beautiful Captive - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Mystical Aspects of War - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Ki Tisa

  • Ascending Consciousness - Writing Issues by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Honoring Male and Female - Writing Issues by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Ari - Fixing the Mixing - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Mistake of the Mixed Multitude - Issues by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Korach

  • Confounding the Work of Creation - Writings from the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Know One's Place - Writings from the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Lech Lecha

  • Abraham Moves Out On His Own - Writings from the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Love of Abraham - Writings from the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Matot

  • Vows and Oaths - Writings from the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • A Share Of The Spoils - Writings from the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • No Excuses For Remaining Outside The Land - Writings from Rav Kook On Parashiot Matot - Masei
  • No Excuses For Remaining Outside The Land - Writings from Rav Kook On Parashiot Matot - Masei
  • No Excuses For Remaining Outside The Land - Writings from Rav Kook On Parashiot Matot - Masei
  • Parasha Masei

  • Vows and Oaths - Writings from the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • A Share Of The Spoils - Writings from the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Metzora

  • Unabashed Evil - Writings from the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Share of the Spoils - Writings from the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Mikketz

  • A Man Of Insight - Writings from the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Time of Tikune - Writings from the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Mishpatim

  • Romance and Reincarnation - Writings from the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Building the Soul - Part 1 - Writings from the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Building the Soul - Part 2 - Writings from the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Building the Soul - Part 3 - Writings from the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Naso

  • Righteous Sexuality - Writings the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Levi'tes and Feminine Strength - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Soul Trains - Reincarnation Issues by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Nitzavim

  • Mystical Mitzvot - Active and Passive - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Blessings of a Name - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Noach

  • Kindness to Animals - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Mystical Intentions - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Towering Blunders - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Pinchas

  • Earthly and Heavenly Unifications
  • Roots of Anger - Ego
  • Meaning of Tzelochad daughters / Sisters
  • Flying Letters of Life and Death - Rabbi Isaac Horowitz
  • Pinchas Everlasting - Rabbi Isaac Horowitz
  • Daily Sheep Offering - Rabbi Kook
  • Parasha Re'eh

  • Charity - Tzedakah; Terumah - Tithing
  • Charity - Kabbalah of Tzedakah - Writings of Rabbi Isaac Luria - HaARI
  • -h Slaughtering Animals Part 1 - Writings of Rabbi Isaac Luria - HaARI
  • Sheckting - Slaughtering Animals Part 2 - Meditations While Shecthing - Writings of Rabbi Isaac Luria - HaARI
  • Parasha Shelach Lecha

  • Time Out - What is Karet Spiritually? - Issues by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Souls and Spies - Who Does the Torah Speak About? - Writing by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Caleb, the Cave & the Curse of Canaan - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Shemot

  • Jew and Egypt - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Bricks and Mortar Atone ... - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Shimini

  • Kashrut According to Kabbalah
  • Kashrut - Good Eating
  • Parasha Shoftim

  • Conveyance of Leah's Higher Wisdom
  • Consciousness and the 18 Royal Wives
  • Parasha Tazria

  • Fixing Bad Blood
  • Parasha Terumah

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  • Mystery of Showbread
  • Angels and Arks
  • Parasha Tetzeveh

  • Dressed For Success
  • Parasha Toldot

  • Fathers of Good and Evil
  • Like the Dew of Mount Hermon
  • Parasha Tzav

  • Burned Again - The Elevation O f The Ashes
  • Parasha Vaera

  • Knowing the Real Name of HaShem
  • Parasha VaEtchanan

  • Developing Fetal Consciousness - Issues by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Angels of Prayer - Issues by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Mistake of the Mixed Multitude - Issues by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Returning Lost Souls - Writings of the Shelah - Rabbi Isaac Horowitz
  • Tasting of the World That Is Coming - Writings of the Shelah - Rabbi Isaac Horowitz
  • Moshe and the Leap Year - Jubilee - Writings of the Shelah - Rabbi Isaac Horowitz
  • Parasha Vayakhel - Pekudai

  • Assembling the Power of Adonai - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Knowing Where You Belong - Parasha Pekudai - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Vayeira

  • In the Heat of the Day - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Strength In Unity - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Vayelech

  • Song of the Torah - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Supernal Knowledge Exile - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Vayeshev

  • Redeeming the Widow - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Dreams of Peace - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Caught by the Throat - Writings by the ARI - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Vayetze

  • Spiritual Wages - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Mystery of the Matron's Question - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Vayichi

  • Gematria of the Namesw Jacob abd Israel - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Vayigash

  • Evil Years - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • The Secrets of Joseph - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Vayikra

  • Harshness and Honey - Writings of Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Four Holy Faces - Writings of Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Vayishlach

  • Crossing the River Yabok - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Royal Rectifications - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Parasha Yitro

  • Reincarnation and Reconciliation Part 1 - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Reincarnation and Reconciliation Part 2 - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • Reincarnation and Reconciliation Part 3 - Rabbi Isaac Luria
  • The Ari - Rabbi Isaac Luria on Various Subjects

    Anger Remedies

  • Roots of Anger
  • Remedy For Anger – Part 1
  • Remedy For Anger – Part 2
  • Kashrut is Kosher

  • Kashrut According to Kabbalah
  • Kashrut - Good Eating
  • Translation of the Shaarai Kedusha - Gates of Holyness from the Writings of the ARI

  • Shaarai Kedusha - Gates of Holyness as written by Rabbi Chaim Vital from the Teachings of the ARI - Part 1
  • Shaarai Kedusha - Gates of Holyness as written by Rabbi Chaim Vital from the Teachings of the ARI - Part 1 A
  • Shaarai Kedusha - Gates of Holyness as written by Rabbi Chaim Vital from the Teachings of the ARI - Part 1 B - Section 1 Gate 1
  • Shaarai Kedusha - Gates of Holyness as written by Rabbi Chaim Vital from the Teachings of the ARI - Part 1 C - Section 3 Gate 1 A
  • Shaarai Kedusha - Gates of Holyness as written by Rabbi Chaim Vital from the Teachings of the ARI - Part 1 D - Section 1 Gate 1 B - Ramchal
  • Shaarai Kedusha - Gates of Holyness as written by Rabbi Chaim Vital from the Teachings of the ARI - Part 1 E - Section 1 Gate 2 - Bad Middot
  • Shaarai Kedusha - Gates of Holyness as written by Rabbi Chaim Vital from the Teachings of the ARI - Part 2
  • Shaarai Kedusha - Gates of Holyness as written by Rabbi Chaim Vital from the Teachings of the ARI - Part 3
  • Other English translations of Commentaries from Other Writers

  • English Translation of the ARI Commentary on the Exodus by Shimon Ostropolier