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  • Summary: Kabbalah Me is a personal journey into the esoteric spiritual phenomenon known as Kabbalah. Throughout history, Kabbalah was studied by only the most holy Talmud scholars. The misinformation, innuendo and prohibition surrounding Kabbalah kept its wisdom from most Jews; many were even unaware of its existence. In Kabbalah Me, director Steven Bram embarks on a spiritual investigation that leads him to reunite with the Hasidic branch of his family and connect to the community of Judaic scholarship. Eventually his curiosity takes him on a pilgrimage to Israel, where he immerses himself in history and traditions of the Holy Land. Along the way, leading authorities discuss the complex, mystical world of Kabbalah – its varying interpretations and the myriad paths of its rituals and lessons. Bram's new commitment to spirituality and religious observance draws skepticism from family and friends but ultimately leads to profound changes across all aspects of his life. [First Run Features] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Diana Clarke
    Aug 19, 2014
    70
    [A] sweetly odd documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Aug 21, 2014
    60
    Kabbalah Me is most satisfying as a personal artifact that traces Bram’s quest, bumps and all, and it stumbles when it attempts to lay on educational aspects.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Aug 21, 2014
    50
    Kabbalah Me, which distinguishes between “narrow consciousness” and “expanded consciousness,” merely walks the middle ground.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 21, 2014
    40
    The picture's first-person focus makes it surprisingly uninformative and occasionally annoying.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Sep 4, 2014
    40
    Bram, who also narrates (and writes, with co-director Judah Lazarus and Adam Zucker), may be earnest in his desire for enlightenment. But his approach feels overly self-serving; too much "Me," not enough "Kabbalah."

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