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“And El went before them by day in a Pillar of Smoke, to lead them;

The Pillar of Smoke is an organization for the exploration of radical Jewish spiritualities and Jewish mysticism and magics. We sponsor Shabbat and Holy Day Rituals, classes on Kabbalah, and on-going discussion groups on all aspects of Revolutionary and Progressive Jewish Theology, Jewish Mysticism, Jewish Magic and Occult practices, Semitic and middle Eastern mysticism and Magics, Kabbalah, and anything else our members feel is relevant to their participation in the Living Torah. Judaism has evolved and grown throughout history, and we are committed to ensuring it continues to do so. We also host an extensive categorized library of online sources. Click here to see it.

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Obscure prayer of the day: May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, The sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand. (Irish)

Events are open to everyone (except Purim, which is adults only, and Yom Kippur, which non-Jews may not fully appreciate), but we request notice of your intent to come at We offer our classes by corespondence and in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia; our Pittsburgh event announcement list is here. For events and classes, click here

"Who is this that comes out of the wilderness like Pillars of Smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense..."

-The Song of Solomon         

The Pillar of Smoke has four levels of membership:

Feel free to browse around our collected resources. We host a large library of online sources on Judaica, Semitic Paganism, Kabbalah, and the Jewish Occult. We have a likewise extensive hard library of books and materials available for our members. Many of our events and rituals are open to the public; email to get a list of upcoming public events.

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and in a Pillar of Fire by Night, to enlighten the way.”

-Exodus, 13:21