Let’s learn stuff: The Cabala

Disclaimer: It’s always good to know about the world around you… That said, I must make clear that in no way does the author of this post practice or agree with Cabala. This is simply the first rendition of “Interesting Stuff or so we believe…”, for your learning experience.

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—Cabala (Hebrew form Ḳabbalah [“to receive”; literally, “the received or traditional lore”]):
The specific term for the esoteric or mystic doctrine concerning God and the universe, asserted to have come down as a revelation to elect saints from a remote past, and preserved only by a privileged few…

 

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Modern Hassidic Judaism (if you want to know more about it, I suggest you read this book, it absolutely rocks, transports you to a singular world of Hassidic Jews, sometimes funny, other times endearing, always interesting…) have made the Cabala more “popular”. Bringing it closer to masses.

Cabbalists claim that Cabala brings one spiritually closer to God and enriches the experience of Judaic texts and laws.

Cabala is considered Esoteric.

Cabala is also considered (by some Christians) to be part of Freemasonry, part of a conspiracy to rid the world of Christianity and sometimes it is considered Witchcraft:

Dating back to Zoroastrianism, the Jewish Cabala reverses the roles of God and Lucifer and embraces occult symbols, rituals and blood sacrifices. Source

You might also want to expand and do some research on Abraham Abulafia, a Sephardic Jew and one of the earliest Cabbalists.

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Rabbi Abraham Issac Cook (1865 – 1935) stresses the importance of the Cabala.

“Due to the alienation from the “secret of God” [i.e. Kabbalah], the higher qualities of the depths of Godly life are reduced to trivia that do not penetrate the depth of the soul.

(I was thinking, from my Christian core, about how sad it is for someone to say the above… especially this “….that do not penetrate the depths of the soul…”

It is a fortunate thing that Christ penetrates the human soul and makes it one with the Father, allowing us to dwell inside “the higher qualities and the depths” of God. It truly is a blessing.

In any case, there you have it… you form your own opinion.)

Suggestion: If you’re Christian, I believe it isn’t necessary for me to state that you might not want to get mixed up in anything esoteric. Ever.

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