Pardon my ignorance, but I have been wondering about something. I am Christian but have a deep fascination for Judaism and Hebrew. So my questions are: How is kabbalah related to Judaism? Can all believing Jews be considered Kabbalists in some sense? Or is it more like a separate distinct group within Judaism? Is an orthodox Jew considered a Mequbbāl also, or not necessarily?
My understanding is that the 4 rabbinic levels of reading are quite universal in Judaism: Peshat, Remez, Derash and Sod. Through the Sod, mysticism is an integrated part of Judaism, but Kabbalah is not the only form of mysticism, so there is not necessarily a 1-to-1 relation here? But please correct me if I’m wrong.
Another related question: Is the sefirot widely accepted among all believing Jews as as illustration of how Hashem reveals himself and does it have different significance in different Jewish denominations?
Sorry if these questions are based on wrong assumptions. My ignorance probably shines through but I would appreciate some clarification. Thanks