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  Kabbalah - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kabbalah (Hebrew: קַבָּלָה; standard vocalization: Qabbala; Tiberian vocalization: Qabbālāh; literally a "receiving" in the sense of a "received tradition") is an esoteric form of Jewish mysticism, which attempts to reveal hidden mystical insights in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible).
The term "Kabbalah" was originally used in Talmudic texts, among the Geonim (early medieval rabbis) and by Rishonim (later medieval rabbis) as a reference to the full body of the oral tradition of Jewish teaching, which was publicly available.
Kabbalah in various forms was widely studied, commented upon, and expanded by North African, Turkish, Yemenite, and Asian scholars from the 16th Century onward.
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 Kabbalah Centre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
To its proponents, the Kabbalah Centre is a spiritual organization which teaches the principles of the Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) in a unique and user-friendly system accessible to anyone, regardless of religion, race or gender.
Kabbalah Centre teaches that all humans have the potential to become "like God", through spiritual transformation, and that the ultimate goal of humanity is to imitate their creator.
Rumors were that she left because the Kabbalah Centre asked her for donations; however Britney herself made no such assertion during her lengthy interview with Matt Lauer on Dateline NBC (aired June 15, 2006), in which she said that she felt Kabbalah contained the "codes" to the universe but that she no longer practiced it.
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Kabbalah, Hebrew קבלה,meaning "that which is received, tradition", meaning that the Kabbalah is a tradition that has been received or handed on down from the past.
Instructive for the study of the development of Kabbalah is the Book of Jubilees written under King John Hyrcanus, which refers to the writings of Jared, Cainan, and Noah, and presents Abraham as the renewer, and Levi as the permanent guardian, of these ancient writings.
The term "Kabbalah" did not come into use until sometime in the 11th century, and at that time referred to the Jewish school of thought related to esoteric mysticism.
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 Kabbalah
Kabbalah then, is the occult or mystical branch of the religion, the inner or esoteric counterpart to the outer or legalistic doctrine, the Torah or "Law", just as Sufism is the occult and mystical tradition within Islam.
There were many early streams of Jewish mysticism and much of Jewish esotericism, such as the pre-Kabbalistic Merkavah mysticism of the first millennium C.E., as well as Kabbalah, shows the influence of Hellenistic Gnostic magic and cosmology, as has been pointed out for example by Gershom Scholem.
As Yakov Leib Ha-Kohain explains: "The "Gazairah," or prohibition, around the study of Kabbalah by anyone under 40 and unmarried was enacted by the 17th-18th century rabbis in reaction to the chaos created by Sabbatai Zevi's and Nathan of Gaza's reinterpretation of the Zohar.
www.kheper.net /topics/Kabbalah/JudaicKabbalah.htm   (338 words)

  
 kabbalah - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
KABBALAH [kabbalah] or cabala [Heb.,=reception], esoteric system of interpretation of the Scriptures based upon a tradition claimed to have been handed down orally from Abraham.
Beyond the specifically Jewish notions contained within the kabbalah, some scholars believe that it reflects a strong Neoplatonic influence, especially in its doctrines of emanation and the transmigration of souls (see Neoplatonism).
Kabbalah in this form was widely adopted and created fertile gound for the movement of the pseudo-Messiah Sabbatai Zevi.
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 Judaism 101: Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism
The areas of Jewish thought that most extensively discuss these issues, Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism, were traditionally not even taught to people until the age of 40, when they had completed their education in Torah and Talmud.
The mystical school of thought came to be known as Kabbalah, from the Hebrew root Qof-Bet-Lamed, meaning "to receive, to accept." The word is usually translated as "tradition." In Hebrew, the word does not have any of the dark, sinister, evil connotations that it has developed in English.
Kabbalah was popular among Christian intellectuals during the Renaissance and Enlightenment periods, who reinterpreted its doctrines to fit into their Christian dogma.
www.jewfaq.org /kabbalah.htm   (1559 words)

  
 Kabbalah
Kabbalah is derived from the Hebrew root for “reception and acceptance.” It is an esoteric (occult secret) system of interpretation of the Scriptures based upon oral accounts handed down from Abraham.
Kabbalah’s philosophy does not include the sinful nature of man, and therefore, there is no need of the redeeming qualities of a Messiah.
Principals of Kabbalah are intertwined with: Greek and Egyptian deities, the Enochian tradition of angelic mysteries (taken from the “Book of Enus” found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, not written by the prophet Enoch of the Bible), Hindu and Buddhist Eastern ideals instituted within the Masonic-Rosicrucian-Style secret orders, and the occult.
www.allaboutreligion.org /kabbalah.htm   (574 words)

  
 Qabbalah - Tree of Life - Crystalinks
Kabbalah is an interpretation (exegesis, hermeneutic) key, "soul" of the Torah (Hebrew Bible), or the religious mystical system of Judaism claiming an insight into divine nature.
The term "Kabbalah" was originally used in Talmudic texts, among the Geonim, and by early Rishonim as a reference to the full body of publicly available Jewish teaching.
Kabbalah, according to the more recent use of the word, stresses the esoteric reasons and understanding of the commandments in the Torah, and the occult cause of events described in the Torah.
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 Kabbalah
Indeed, the Kabbalah has been a basis for Western occult teaching for several centuries, though it should be noted that many Kabbalists and traditional Kabbalist rabbis do not sanction such activity.
Teachings on the Kabbalah prior to the Kabbalah Centre’s popularity have been available to the general public since the latter half of the twentieth century....
Recognition of the parallels between the Kabbalah and modern philosophy and psychology provides us with valuable insight into both the Kabbalah and modern thought, and helps pave the way for a 'new Kabbalh,' one that is spiritually and intellectually relevant to contemporary life.
www.crossroad.to /Quotes/occult/kabbalah.htm   (4703 words)

  
 Kabbalah
Kabbalah is the name applied to the whole range of Jewish mystical activity.
The most famous work of kabbalah, the Zohar, was revealed to the Jewish world in the thirteenth century by Moses De Leon, who claimed that the book contained the mystical writings of the second-century rabbi Simeon bar Yochai.
The greatest scholar and historian of kabbalah in this century was the late Professor Gershom Scholem of Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/Judaism/kabbalah.html   (1281 words)

  
 Religious Movements Homepage: Qabalah/Kabbalah
Kabbalah means "to receive" or "to accept." It is believed that when Moses brought the Ten Commandments from Mount Sinai he also brought with him oral law, or Kabbalah.
Therefore, the main principles of Kabbalah are a belief in the divinity of the Torah and that by studying the Torah you can understand the creation of the world.
Kabbalah began in the first century A.D. when Isaac the Blind formed a scholarly group based on mystical traditions.
religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu /nrms/kabb.html   (2426 words)

  
 Kabbalah Simply Stated - 8) Q & A: - Kabalist Robert Waxman
Kabbalah encourages the study of these propositions, based on the true knowledge of the ‘God within’ instead of superstitious beliefs based on blind faith and authority.
The study of Kabbalah aims at pursuing this line of inquiry, in the hope of widening the field of religious and philosophical observation.
Kabbalah must not be studied for selfish ends or for the gratification of one's personal ambition, pride, or vanity.
www.kabalist.bigstep.com /faq.html   (2253 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - Madonna has faith on a string   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The thread that ties Madonna to her celebrity friends is a scrap of yarn, scratchy to the touch, frayed at either end and knotted seven times.
But for all the good vibes and ego-shrinking that Madonna says she has received thanks to Kabbalah, she has courted plenty of criticism, too — namely, for preaching a practice whose ties to traditional, ancient kabbalah are tenuous at best and treacherous at worst, rabbis and scholars say.
She has made "generous donations" to Kabbalah charities, confirms her longtime publicist, Liz Rosenberg, as well as giving the money earned from her children's books to the center's Spirituality for Kids organization, a Kabbalah-based program for children.
www.usatoday.com /life/lifestyle/2004-05-25-kabbalah-main_x.htm   (1217 words)

  
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As Kabbalah is the soul of the Torah in general, so is Chassidut the "soul of soul".
Kabbalah used the term "tradition" in a radically deconstructed sense.
The Kabbalah (this is the most common of the various spellings of the word) is the Hebrew mystical tradition.
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 Kabbalah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Kabbalah, the Hebrew word for tradition, originally designated the legal tradition of Judaism, but it was later applied to the Jewish mystical tradition, especially the system of esoteric mystical speculation and practice that developed during the 12th and 13th centuries.
The speculative aspects of Kabbalah (Kabbalah iyyunit) were stressed in southern European schools; more practical, socioethical, and sometimes magical themes (Kabbalah maasit) were emphasized in northern European circles.
The sexual imagery of Kabbalah treats Shekhinah (the word is feminine in gender) as the female aspect of divinity; it symbolically expresses the idea of the restoration of harmony (tikkun) as the reunion of the male and female aspects of the divine, that is, as the reunion of divine transcendence and immanence.
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 Kabbalah
Kabbalah is a field of study that is elusive and requires the neophyte to gather bits of information and piece them together by himself.
However, one of the principles of Kabbalah is that many things are left to the student to comprehend on his own and cannot be explained.
The study of Kabbalah, which is the closest thing to studying G-d himself, is the most potent and holy aspect of Torah study.
www.e-bski.org /kabballah/kabballah.htm   (13816 words)

  
 Kabbalah
The influence of the Kabbalah on mystical Judaism, as well the European alchemists, scholars, and philosophers of the Middle Ages, was powerful and all pervasive, and the text remained a source of strength and inspiration to seekers of enlightenment for many centuries.
As the influence of the Christian Church grew stronger throughout all of Europe, the Kabbalah and those who taught its mysteries retreated into the shadows of universities and libraries; and for many scholars, the text was regarded as one of the esoteric and sometimes forbidden hidden works of ancient wisdom.
Study of the Kabbalah underwent a dramatic rebirth of interest in the 1960s when there was both a resurgence of Jewish spirituality and an interest in the mystic teachings of the Kabbalah by many individuals in the New Age Movement.
www.unexplainedstuff.com /Prophecy-and-Divination/Kabbalah.html   (852 words)

  
 Kabbalah: The Jewel of Jewish Mystical Thought and the Heart of Jewish Mysticism
Kabbalah is the mystical way of bringing the mysteries of God's Creation closer man's own experience.
Kabbalah is the mystical understanding of the Jewish People.
Kabbalah is first and foremost concerned with getting close to God, the Creator of the everything.
reluctant-messenger.com /kabbalah.htm   (157 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Kabbalah (Meridian S.): Books: Gershon Scholem   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
"Kabbalah" is the traditional and most commonly used term for the esoteric teachings of Judaism and for Jewish mysticism, especially the forms which it assumed in the Middle Ages from the 12th century onward.
The 1st is the Kabbalah itself; from the beginings of mysticism up to modern times (including the disaster brought on by Sabbatai Sevi, that very nearly destroyed Judaism for 250 years afterwards).
Kabbalah, by its very nature, is not a unified study or set of beliefs, but the thinking of many, varied mystics over centuries.
www.amazon.com /Kabbalah-Meridian-S-Gershon-Scholem/dp/0452010071   (2001 words)

  
 Kabbalah
Kabbalah is one of the topics in focus at Global Oneness.
Kabbalah (Hebrew קַבָּלָה "reception", Standard Hebrew Qabbala, Tiberian Hebrew Qabbālāh; also written variously as Cabala, Cabalah, Cabbala, Cabbalah, Kabala, Kabalah, Kabbala, Qabala, Qabalah, Kaballah) is an interpretation (exegesis, hermeneutic) key, "soul" of the Torah (Hebrew Bible), or the religious mystical system of Judaism claiming an insight into divine nature.
Kabbalah is a doctrine of esoteric knowledge concerning God, God's creation of the universe and the laws of nature, and the path by whic...
www.experiencefestival.com /kabbalah   (1143 words)

  
 Kabbalah
Founder: Isaac the Blind (It is not known for sure that he was the original founder, but he is considered the Father of Kabbalah.
Year of founding: Kabbalah can be traced as far back as the first century A.D. It was formed as a scholarly group sometime during Isaac the Blind's lifetime (c.
Colin's Hermetic Kabbalah Page In Colin Low's words, "This site is dedicated to publishing modern material on Kabbalah and related topics." This page inclues articles, information, and links.
www.meta-religion.com /Esoterism/Kabbalah/kabbalah.htm   (2562 words)

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