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Word of God: Bible Interpretation based on

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And this repair includes the worlds both above and below, which, the Zohar says, are equally in need of repair. Familiarity with the Zohar was a given for a Kabbalist, particularly one with knowledge of works as divergent as those cited by Neibaur, all of which expounded in some degree upon themes in the Zohar. A similar tenor emerged in Strang's Order of the Illuminati. It became the object of the systematic study of the elect.... "Most forms of Kabbalah teach that every letter, word, number, and accent of scripture contains a hidden sense....

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Some Christian Students Of The Kabalah

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A final chapter addresses today’s controversies concerning mysticism’s place within Judaism and its potential for enriching the Jewish religion. Then I popped the yolk into my mouth and went home. New scholarship and research on the Zohar and some key personalities and genres have challenged some of Scholem’s canonical theories. Rationalistic philosophers such as Saa42 Michael D. “unpronounceable. “to count”—which was to become an essential term in Kabbalah.

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Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism: Based on the Hilda Strook

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Given Abulafia’s fecund imagination. we have a relative wealth of information about Abulafia’s personal life. and Sefer. ha-Ge’ullah. settling in Barcelona. Frances. 184. ix. 216. 97. 198. 194. 219. 67n19. 228n88. 103. ix. 11. 69. 44 tetragrammaton. 217 Umansky. 153. 14. 182. In performing the rituals of the Hasidim, what curious purpose was served by Gideon Busch's hammer (which he called his staff) upon which he had engraved the four letter name of God?

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The Power of Kabbalah

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A reasonable conclusion from this is that they have become gods. Noteworthy, however, is the fact that though the Jews could get so far as to bring themselves to look at Metatron in the light of a heavenly co-worker with God, a kind of semi-divinity having an access to the Deity in a measure utterly unique, yet so extraordinarily uncompromising were their notions of the Divine Unity that, as far as the religion of their daily life was concerned, God alone was God, and Metatron was ignored.

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Kabbalah and Exodus

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Salvation (geulah) can come about only because of femininity. These rituals included the following concepts, ideas, or practices: limitation of the ascension to the elect; the necessity of ritual and moral purity; secrecy concerning the nature of the ascent and the knowledge learned during the ascent; ascension into various levels of heaven representing different degrees of celestial glory; encounters with a priestly angelic host, guardians, and guides; a heavenly initiation including anointing and receiving celestial robes; the knowledge and use of the secret names and tokens of God and angels; participation in celestial priesthood sacrifices and other rituals; passing through the veil of the celestial temple into the presence of God; a revelation of the secrets of creation; and the exaltation and even deification of the visionary.

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THE PRICE OF FAME

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Hebrew is accorded unique status in Kabbalah. abandoning his self-contained repose. There are millions of people who will accept the gifts of a true philanthropist, but they do not understand or choose to emulate this type of moral behavior by giving to others less fortunate. Whether, as has been suggested, the uncanny imagery of the Merkabah lore is to be sought, for its origin, in the teachings of Mithraism, or, as has also been suggested, in certain branches of Mohammedan mysticism, one can see quite clearly how its governing idea is based on a conception general to all the mystics, viz. that the quest for the ultimate Reality is a kind of pilgrimage, and the seeker is a traveller towards his home in God.

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Zohar: United Kingdom Edition

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The following is a list of the sifirot: This is the sefirah that is at the top of the "tree" and represents the intentionality of God to create and to run the world. Discussions concerning the merkabah were limited to only the most worthy sages, and admonitory legends are preserved about the dangers of overzealous speculation concerning the merkabah. Kabbalah addresses the nature of the deity. Nigal, G., Magic, Mysticism, and Hasidism, Northvale, N.

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The Kabalah And Esoteric Christianity - Pamphlet

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Due to the concern of some Torah scholars that misunderstanding these passages as literal descriptions of God's image might lead to blasphemy or idolatry, there was great opposition to studying this topic without the proper initiation. There are several references in ancient sources to ma'aseh bereishit (the work of creation) and ma'aseh merkavah (the work of the chariot [of Ezekiel's vision]), the two primary subjects of mystical thought at the time.

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New Age Judaism: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern World

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The other people teaching Kaballah out there are just as fake (though not all of them are as destructive as Berg’s cult). Notwithstanding the strongly pantheistic coloring of its metaphysics, the Cabala never attempted to belittle the importance of historic Judaism, but, on the contrary, emphasized it. Like most subjects of Jewish belief, the area of mysticism is wide open to personal interpretation. Esther Liebes. the dissemination of kabbalistic ethical literature to the general public as a result of printing. managed to “reveal glimpses of a mode of religiosity largely.

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The Kabbala: the true science of light; an introduction to

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At the present time, there are many different types of esoteric philosophies that are masquerading as Kabbalah. The higher spiritual love is indeed androgynous as embodied by the spiritual Shabbatai Zevi. As other religions that sprang up in a similar method, they take elements of Judaism and use its terms and concepts in ways that are often contradictory to its teachings. Do not read 'thy back' (gey-vě-kāh) but read 'thy pride' (gey-ě-kāh), i.e. after priding himself (with food and drink) this man thinks to take upon himself the Kingdom of Heaven."

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