Kabbalism! What Is It?
Do You Believe in Pegasus? Do you think perhaps such a thing exists, or ever existed? A winged horse?
While the average individual would not believe such nonsense exists, some would say you have to be of the initiated ones to see or believe such a thing exists. This would best be explained as an esoteric teaching. Kabbalism is such a teaching. I would like to give some background and definitions for you to consider as we examine the authenticity of this teaching! Where did it come from? Is this an authentic Biblical doctrine handed down from Moses and the giving of Torah?
kab·ba·lah or kab·ba·la or ka·ba·la also ca·ba·la or qa·ba·la or qa·ba·lah (kab'?-l?, k?-bä'l?)
n.often Kabbalah A body of mystical teachings of rabbinical origin, often based on an esoteric interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures.
A secret doctrine resembling these teachings.
[Medieval Latin cabala, from Hebrew qabbalâ, received doctrine, tradition, from qibbel, to receive.]kab'ba·lism n.
USAGE NOTE: There are no less than two dozen variant spellings of kabbalah, the most common of which include kabbalah, kabala, kabalah, qabalah, qabala, cabala, cabbala, kaballah, kabbala, kaballah, and qabbalah. This sort of confusion is frequently seen with Hebrew and Arabic words borrowed into English because there exist several different systems of transliterating the Hebrew and Arabic alphabets into Roman letters. Often a more exact or scholarly transliteration, such as Qur'an, will coexist alongside a spelling that has been heavily Anglicized (Koran). The fact that the Hebrew and Arabic alphabets do not as a rule indicate short vowels or the doubling of consonants compounds the difficulties. Spellings of kabbalah with one or two b's are equally “correct,” insofar as the single b accurately reproduces the spelling of the Hebrew, while the double b represents the fact that it was once pronounced with a double b.
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Intended for or understood by only a particular group: an esoteric cult. See synonyms at mysterious.
Of or relating to that which is known by a restricted number of people.
Confined to a small group: esoteric interests.
Not publicly disclosed; confidential.
[Greek esōterikos, from esōterō, comparative of esō, within.]
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The above definition of esoteric is self explanatory! Only to be understood by a particular group! Known by a restricted number of people! How does that square with the Bible? Are the Bible's teachings hidden? Would a loving Father, Creator, Sustainer hide the saving truth from His children? Read the following passage from Matthew 19:16-22:
And behold, one came to him and said, Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why do you ask me concerning that which is good? One there is who is good: but if you would enter into life, keep the commandments. He says to him, Which? And Yahshua said, You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother; and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The young man says to him, All these things have I observed: what lack I yet? Yahshua said to him, If you would be perfect, go, sell that which you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. But when the young man heard the saying, he went away sorrowful; for he was one that had great possessions.
Now, here we find an esoteric doctrine, right? What Yahshua said is hidden from all but the knowing, right? He spoke these words but they must be interpreted by an esoteric teacher who only understands the hidden meaning in Yahshua's teachings, right? Now, are we beginning to see the fallacy of mystery teachings? Why would Almighty Yahweh send Prophets, Apostles, and His word to the human race if it could not be understood?
Hear, for I will speak excellent things;
And the opening of my lips shall be right things.
For my mouth shall utter truth;
And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
All the words of my mouth are in righteousness;
There is nothing crooked or perverse in them.
They are all plain to him that understands,
And right to them that find knowledge.
When you read and study the Bible, you will find it easy to understand if you approach it with an open mind. If you want to know what the Bible teaches you can find out! Yes, the Bible can be complicated to anyone who approaches it with skepticism and doubt! Yes, the Bible contains things hard to be understood! There is a remedy for that!
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of Yahweh, who gives to all liberally and upbraids not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, doubting nothing: for he that doubts is like the surge of the sea driven by the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of Yahweh; a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James (Jacob) 1:5-8
Let's examine the following:
I will comment on some of the statements:
A History of the Kabbalah
"Kabbalah" means "received teachings" or simply "traditions" and is derived from the Hebrew "kabel" which means "to receive." It originally applied only to the Oral Law "received" after the destruction of the Second Temple, in the form of the Talmud. However, in the twelfth century the term "kabbalah" was also used to denote various mystical teachings that began to be "received" by the Jewish communities of that day. This second set of "received" teachings is the Kabbalah proper. Though it was fully developed in the Middle Ages, the first seeds of a mystical trend began to emerge in the talmudic literature, written well after the destruction of the Second Temple—from 150 A.D. to 600 A.D.
Here we see several warning flags! First, "traditions" What did Yahshua say about traditions?
And he said unto them, "Full well do you reject the commandment of Yahweh, that you may keep your tradition. For Moses said, Honor your father and your mother; and, He that speaks evil of father or mother, let him die the death: but you say, If a man shall say to his father or his mother, That with which you might have been profited by me is Corban, that is to say, Given to Elohim; you no longer suffer him to do anything for his father or his mother; making void the word of Yahweh by your tradition, which you have delivered: and many such like things you do." Mark 7:9-13
"But in vain do they worship me,
Teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men."
Second, you see the term Oral Law, received in the form of Talmud.
What advantage then hath the Jew? or what is the profit of circumcision? Much every way: first of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of Yahweh. Romans 3:1-2
Just what were the oracles of Yahweh? Was it a collection of words only passed down from Priest to Priest?
These words Yahweh spoke unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them upon two tables of stone, and gave them to me. Deuteronomy 5:22
Here Almighty Yahweh spoke only the Ten Commandments! Why? Because the people were very afraid (of hearing his voice) so He (Yahweh) only spoke the Ten Commandments! Read the following explanation:
And it came to pass, when you heard the voice out of the middle of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that you came near to me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders; and you said, Behold, Yahweh our Elohim has showed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the middle of the fire: we have seen this day that Elohim does speak with man, and he lives. Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of Yahweh our Elohim any more, then we shall die. For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living Elohim speaking out of the middle of the fire, as we have, and lived? Go near, and hear all that Yahweh our Elohim shall say: and speak to us all that Yahweh our Elohim shall speak; and we will hear it, and do it. Deuteronomy 5:23-27
Israel did not want to hear the voice of Elohim speaking to them, they wanted Moses to hear what Yahweh had to say and then come and tell them what he had said. Moses received the law from Yahweh's mouth, wrote it down, and then taught the people Torah. No, this is not the Oral Law as the Talmud and mystics teach. The oracles of Yahweh were written down and preserved even down to our time. Actually, there is no Oral Law known as Talmud that was ever sanctified By Almighty Yahweh!
Third, you see mystical trend, various mystical teachings. Oh! Oh! This should put you on alert! However, this plays on mans' desire to know everything! This also contributes to the you are hiding something from me scenario, as per Eve in Genesis Chapter two.
The Hekhalot Literature
The earliest mystical texts of Judaism are contained in the Hekhalot (heavenly places) literature which are collections of fragmentary midrashim—rabbinic writings of the Talmudic period. They center on mystical interpretations of certain biblical passages.
For example, while commenting on the chariot described in Ezekiel 1, Ishmael ben Elijah1 describes his ecstatic ascent into the heavenly places where he beholds the div-ne chariot, the heavenly places and the throne on which G-d is seated as well as his visions of the div-ne palaces and his personal experience of the Divine presence. The Hekhalot literature sets the scene for further "heavenly exploration."
Another important mystical text, developed between the third and six centuries a.d. is the Sepher Yetzirah or the "Book of Creation." This canonical text for the later kabbalistic movement sought to explain the workings and the origin of the universe. It described the sefirot or "emanations," the ten so-called "manifestations of G-d." Knowledge of these mysteries was thought to confer magical powers on the initiated.
Yes! People want mystical magical powers, especially over their enemies and those they just don't like! Do you suppose Almighty Yahweh wants people running around with some supernatural power to be used maliciously?
Neoplatonism and Gnosticism
Sepher Yetzirah was influenced heavily by neoplatonsim, a late Greek philosophical school that combined elements of Plato with Oriental belief systems. Plato believed that our physical world is not the primary place of existence. He posited a "higher" world where the true forms exist. Our world is, he thought, only a mirror of the true world "above." Sefer Yetzirah placed these ideas into a Jewish framework. The work was back-dated and its authorship ascribed (in typical Kabbalistic fashion) to an authoritative Jewish figure, in this case Abraham.
Gnosticism, another mystical trend of the time also influenced the Kabbalists. Gershon Sholem, one of the great modern scholars in the development of the Kabbalah defines gnosticism as "the possession of knowledge that cannot be obtained by ordinary intellectual means; the possession of a secret doctrine concerning the order of the celestial worlds and the means that provide access to it."2
Secret Doctrine? Combined elements of Plato and Oriental belief systems? Cannot be obtained by ordinary means? Celestial worlds? Wow! The mystery continues!
Gnosticism puffed-up the place of the individual and emphasized that he or she must gain secret knowledge and develop personal power in order to discover the road to self-enlightenment. Although the Kabbalah never removed its adherents from the community-at-large, as other gnostic sects did, Kabbalists latched onto the personal-experiential appeal of gnosticism and grafted the idea into the Jewish context.
And so it can be seen that "from the Talmudic period forward, Jews cultivated profoundly rich and highly diverse forms of mysticism."3 With the rise of Islam and the consequent persecutions of the Jews, the religious center of the Jewish people shifted from Babylon to locations in Europe, specifically to Italy, Germany, Spain and France.
It was in twelfth and thirteenth century France and Spain that the Kabbalah finally came into its definitive expression. In his article on kabbalistic texts, scholar Lawrence Fine defines the term "Kabbalah" as "a specific historical movement which originated in the second half of the twelfth century in that area of southern France known as Provence, and in northern Spain in the thirteenth century."4
It was the appearance of The Book Bahir at that time, that signaled the first classical statement of kabbalistic beliefs and ideology.
"The Book Bahir, whose few pages seem to contain so much that is pertinent to the mystery of the origin of the Kabbalah, has the form of a midrash, namely, a collection of sayings or very brief homiletical expositions of biblical verses."5 The title "Bahir" means "bright" and is taken from Job 37:21 which is the first biblical text cited. The authorship of The Bahir was attributed to Rabbi Nehunya ben ha-Kanah, a talmudic sage of the first century.6
The Bahir caused division within the Jewish community of France, with some hailing it as a brilliant text from times of yore, whilst others, like Meir ben Simon, a contemporary of the early French Kabbalists, decrying the book as heretical.7 The adherents to the Kabbalistic movement in France and Spain wrote, some two-hundred years after the publication of The Book Bahir that towards the middle of the thirteenth century the prophet Elijah appeared in visions to some of the leading men of Provence and that he had inspired them to write The Bahir. The historical evidence strongly suggests that the book was written in France during this time.
The Bahir soon became another canonical text for further kabbalistic studies and was accepted by many as being a work of much earlier date. The "Kabbalah" or received mystical traditions, were being penned, back-dated and received simultaneously! In fact, the precise move that had been made by the rabbis of the Talmud in order to validate their work as hailing from Mt. Sinai, was now repeated by the Kabbalists of France in order to authenticate their "new-found" teachings as given by the venerated rabbis of the Talmud. These men, who were grappling to reformulate Judaism after the destruction of the Temple, are construed by the Kabbalists as mystical genies who promulgated the mystical secrets of Judaism. Lawrence Fine remarks that The Bahir represent[s] the "emergence of a striking set of Gnostic motifs within the heart of rabbinic Judaism."8
The Zohar (Book of Splendor) appeared on the kabbalistic scene around 1250 a.d. Lawrence Fine describes how Moses de Leon "began circulating manuscripts which he had written, but which he claimed were ancient midrashim 'interpretations of biblical texts.'" Moses pretended merely to be copying from a manuscript which, he argued, "had originated in the circle of the second-century Palestinian rabbi, Shimon bar Yohai, but had only recently found its way into Spain. In all likelihood, de Leon opted to write in this pseudepigraphic way out of the conviction that a work of antiquity would be more readily considered to be authoritative truth."9
History has it that one Isaac ben Shmuel, who later became a leading 14th century Kabbalist, arrived in Spain after fleeing Mamluk's attack on the land of Israel. In his diary (Sefer Ha Yamim) we read that he was amazed to hear about the newly "discovered" manuscript of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai.
"The book had supposedly been written in Israel, but Isaac was from Israel and had never heard of it!"10 Isaac's diary informs us that he went to see Moses de Leon at his home, only to learn that he had died. His widow greeted Isaac at the door and in response to his request to see the original parchment of Shimon Bar Yohai, she informed him that the document had never existed but that the Zohar had been written solely out of her husband's head.
However, the effort to back-date a kabbalistic text again succeeded. Despite early warnings regarding the errors of the Zohar the book soon became acknowledged as the mystical revelations of the great sage Shimon bar Yohai. In the text, Shimon is pictured in various settings discoursing with his pupils at every opportunity on the great matters of mystical inquiry. The language of the text is Aramaic, "contrived, replete with medieval usages, in grammar, syntax, vocabulary and ideas."11 "Behind the veil of the Aramaic, the Hebrew of the medieval era can be clearly detected."12 The only Aramaic which Moses de Leon knew was that which he had learned from his talmudic studies. And so it was that one of the most important books of the Kabbalah came into being.
The Safed Period
The expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 caused a rupture in the Jewish world. The defeat of the Mamluks and the conquest of the land of Israel by the Ottomans afforded the Jewish refugees from Europe an unexpected safe-haven in the Holy Land itself.
No longer under hostile Islamic dominion, a new center of Jewish learning sprang up. Safed was a thriving agricultural and commercial town situated in the Galilean hills about 20 miles north of the Sea of Galilee. Not only that, Safed was the burial place of a number of rabbis of the Talmudic period. In fact, a little outside the town lay the resting place of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai, the supposed author of the Book of Splendor-the Zohar.
It was in Safed that the Zohar gained its kabbalistic preeminence. From there Moses Cordovero would compose his lengthy commentaries on what had become the central kabbalistic text. It was also from Safed that Rabbi Isaac Luria would develop his "redemptive" brand of kabbalistic philosophy. The climate of political upheaval and the massive forced removals of the Jewish people had given rise to speculation that the world was in the midst of the "birth-pangs" of the Messiah. Luria was hard-pressed to explain the terrible state of exile that characterized the Jewish people. He expanded the kabbalistic doctrine of the exile of the Shechinah (or Divine Presence) into a mystical theology of redemption and promoted a rationale for the performance of good deeds which was designed to hasten and even produce the coming of the Messiah.
Lurianic Kabbalah would ultimately give rise to Sabbatianism, the messianic movement of the seventeenth century that proclaimed Shabbetai Zevi as King Messiah and in so doing, led Jewry into despondency for decades. Lurianic Kabbalah would also, through the popular mystical Chassidic movement, exert a strong influence on the future thinking of Judaism. Modern Judaism and its raison d'être is heavily grounded in the Lurianic notion that the Jewish people exist in order to prepare the world for the arrival of the Messiah.
1A third generation talmudist, lived roughly between 120-200 A.D.
2Origins of the Kabbalah; Gershon Scholem, Jewish Publ. Society, 1987, p.22 3Back to the Sources; ed. Barry W. Holtz, Simon and Shuster, New York, 1984, p.307
4Back to the Sources; p.308
7The Bahir suggested the possibility of the transmigration or reincarnation of souls, a doctrine foreign to biblical Judaism itself, which teaches the resurrection of the dead.
8Back to the Sources; p.308
10Zohar, Book of Enlightenment; Daniel Chanan Matt; Paulist Press, Toronto,1983, p.3
11Back to the Sources; p.313
12The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia (7th Edition), Ed. Dr. Geoffrey WiGoder, 1992, p.999
Well! Did you get all of that information? You poor dumb schmuck, you will never understand Kabbalism unless you are initiated into their secret, mystical teachings that can only be learned by certain people and taught only by teachers gifted with esoteric understanding, right? Am I being facetious? You had better believe it!
Personally I prefer to remain uninitiated where this is concerned. Conclusion? Kabbalism is just unnecessary or useless information!
Stand now with your enchantments, and with the multitude of your sorceries, which you have labored from your youth; if so be you shall be able to profit, if so be you may prevail. You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels: let now the astrologers, the star-gazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save you from the things that shall come upon you. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: it shall not be a coal to warm at, nor a fire to sit before. In this manner shall the things be to you which you have labored: they that have trafficked with you from your youth shall wander every one to his quarter; there shall be none to save you. Isaiah 47:12-15
Oh! There's more! Kabbalah has become very popular with the Hollywood sect. Read the following article.
Thursday, June 3, 2004
Madonna battles rabbi over 'slut' comment
Columnist Shmuley Boteach responds to pop queen's retort
Posted: June 3, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com
Waging a cultural battle with pop star Madonna, WorldNetDaily columnist Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has responded to the entertainer's reaction to his labeling her a "slut" and a "vulgarian."
The war of words began when Boteach wrote a column for the Jerusalem Post urging Phillip Berg, the head of the Kabbalah Center, to removed Madonna from her role as the spokesperson for the religious movement.
"Earth to Phillip Berg: Do us all a favor and dump Madonna as your principal spokesperson," Boteach wrote. "Sorry to be so crass, but Madonna is a slut. Yes, she may sing, and she may dance. But she is famous for being a slut. And no religion dare have a slut as its principal representative."
Continued Boteach: "[I]s the Kabbalah Center really so desperate that it is prepared to promote itself through a vulgarian whose main contribution to the culture is porn rock?"
According to a report in MSNBC, Madonn'a spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, shot back: "I find Rabbi Boteach's comments regarding Madonna frightening. His vile attacks on her character and as an artist are staggering for someone who professes to be a religious person. ... I suggest this man take a look at his own character and what problems he may have that would make him feel that he should make statements about a truly beautiful human being that he does not know in the slightest. ...
"Madonna's relationship with the Kabbalah and her commitment to (their) teachings has been a beautiful experience for her and the fact that Madonna wants to share her lessons ... is yet another example of her truly generous and loving spirit."
Boteach continued the dialogue yesterday, issuing the following statement:
For two decades, Madonna has been allowed to destroy the female recording industry by erasing the line that separates music from pornography. Before Madonna it was possible for women more famous for their voices than their cleavage, like the beautiful Ella Fitzgerald, to emerge as music superstars. But in the post-Madonna universe, even highly original performers like Janet Jackson now feel the pressure to expose their bodies on national TV in order sell albums. This in turn has spawned the lascivious careers of Madonna copycats like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
How tragic that 60 years after feminism rightly demanded that women cease being treated as the lecherous man's plaything and instead be accorded the dignity of an equally intelligent and dignified member of society, Madonna has been allowed to undo so much of that progress with barely a whimper of protest.
But while it is unbecoming of responsible feminist leaders not to speak out at Madonna's wholesale vulgarization of the female image, it would be downright scandalous for Jewish religious leaders not to object to Madonna being promoted as the foremost practitioner of Judaism in the world. Judaism and Kabbalah are, above all else, moral disciplines that demand a striving for moral excellence. Stripping on stage and calling oneself a Kabbalist are mutually exclusive.
For Madonna to put herself forward as a spiritual spokesperson while continuing to degrade women by simulating sex acts at music concerts, portray full nudity in her movies, and to ridicule lesbians by performing same-sex kisses merely for TV ratings, is a mockery of her claims to a life of spiritual renewal based on the teachings of the Kabbalah.
Women like Liz Rosenberg especially, who have greatly distinguished themselves professionally through their brains rather than their busts, should be at the forefront of criticizing Madonna's assault on feminine dignity.
Kabbalah is a spiritual movement rooted in Jewish mysticism that recently has become popular with Hollywood celebrities.
An open letter to Britney Spears
Young women and the revealing celebrity photo spread
The disgusting Super Bowl halftime show
Madonna reinvents herself as Esther
Friday, June 18, 2004 Posted: 4:13 AM EDT (0813 GMT)
LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Assuming a newly modest public image more in keeping with that of a nice Jewish girl than a "Material Girl," pop star Madonna says she has adopted the Hebrew name of Esther.
The Catholic-bred singer/actress said in an ABC News "20/20" interview airing on Friday that her identification with the Biblical queen celebrated in the Jewish festival of Purim stems in part from her adherence to the study of Jewish mysticism known as Kabbalah.
The performer, born Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, recalled that she was very young when her mother, for whom she was named, died of cancer.
"I wanted to attach myself to another name," she said according to excerpts from the interview released by ABC on Thursday. "This is in no way a negation of who my mother is. ... I wanted to attach myself to the energy of a different name."
The 45-year-old mother of two also insisted that despite her celebrated MTV awards kiss with Britney Spears, she has moved beyond the raunchy pop vixen image first cultivated two decades ago in such music-video hits as "Like a Virgin" and "Material Girl."
"I did spend, you know, at least a decade taking my clothes off and being photographed, saying bad words on TV, and, you know, that sort of thing," she told ABC's Cynthia McFadden. "I don't regret it, but it's just ... I mean everybody takes their clothes off now. And then what? You know? And -- and then what?"
Acknowledging that her association with Kabbalah has drawn criticism in some quarters as a celebrity trend, Madonna said her practice of it is sincere.
"I'm a little bit irritated that people think that it's like some celebrity bandwagon that I've jumped on," she said. "I'm very serious about it."
As for day-to-day life on the domestic front, the wife of British director Guy Ritchie said one of her biggest mantras of motherhood has been: "Pick up your s--t."
"Even my children have to clean up their mess, clean up their rooms," she said. "Manners, 'thank you,' 'please,' 'take your dishes to the sink.' I mean ... gratitude, being grateful -- that is -- that has to happen. .. If it's traditional to be a decent human being, then I'm traditional."
Madonna is nowhere close to someone as pure as the Biblical Character Esther! She was a virgin not a slut!
So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained favor and kindness in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti. Esther 2:16-17
Esther was a virgin, NOT LIKE A VIRGIN! She was the real thing! This is a real shame her taking such a righteous person's namesake!
Well, it seems that Kabbalism has followed on the heels of L. Ron Hubbard's Scientology past status as Hollywood's sect of the esoteric elite! This appears to be the trendy thing to be involved in at this time! What's next?
Lit: secret oral teachings. Also spelled as cabala, kabala, kabbala, etcetera. A mixture of mystical Jewish teachings, occultism, gnosticism and Neoplatonism. Uses numerology to "interpret" the Bible.
kabbalah or cabala (both: kb´l) (KEY) [Heb.,=reception], esoteric system of interpretation of the Scriptures based upon a tradition claimed to have been handed down orally from Abraham. Despite that claimed antiquity, the system appears to have been given its earliest formulation in the 11th cent. in France, and from there spread most notably to Spain. There were undoubtedly precedents, however; kabbalistic elements are discernible in the literature of earlier Merkavah mysticism (fl. after c.A.D. 100) inspired by the vision of the chariot-throne ("merkavah") in the Book of Ezekiel. 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). In the late 15th and 16th cent., Chr--tian thinkers found support in the kabbalah for their own doctrines, out of which they developed a Chr--tian version. Kabbalistic interpretation of Scripture was based on the belief that every word, letter, number, and even accent contained mysteries interpretable by those who knew the secret. The names for G-d were believed to contain miraculous power and each letter of the div-ne name was considered potent; kabbalistic signs and writings were used as amulets and in magical practices.
Secret oral teachings, mystical Jewish teachings, esoteric system, magical miraculous power? This just puts a lot of vacuous nonsense into the human mind. The human race already has too much idiocy being taught as truth!
The idiocy this Mystical teaching brings upon the Name and true teachings of the Bible is a shame! You cannot mingle truth with error and be held guiltless!
Judging by Urim and Thummim, Kabbalah, Kabbalism fails the test!
THE BLACK STONE!
And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; Elah hath numbered your kingdom, and finished it. TEKEL; You art weighed in the balances, and are found wanting. Daniel 5:25-27
Therefore Hawke judges Kabbalism to be serious false doctrine and you should beware of this teaching!
Yours in the Messiah, Hawke
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