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- noun Alternative spelling of
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- noun an esoteric or occult matter resembling the Kabbalah that is traditionally secret
- noun an esoteric theosophy of rabbinical origin based on the Hebrew scriptures and developed between the 7th and 18th centuries
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RABBI NAFTALI CITRON, STUDIES KABBALAH: What the Kabbalah offers to them is the paradox of living in this day and age.
KABBALAH ME CRAZY: Madonna’s new orphan Davie is sporting the latest in baby trends: A mini-vest, Nike sneakers, and a thin red string associated with Judaism’s Kabbalah and inspired by the great biblical matriarch Rachel that wards off misfortune brought about by an “evil eye” and/or “birth parent” available at Target.
The word Kabbalah is Hebrew for “receive” and it’s this “gimme gimme” aspect that he decides to focus on: “The creator wants you to have everything you want.”
If the Kabbalah is good enough for Ms. Ciccone, why not for Bush and Cheney?
Madonna's a neo-Kabbalist (and her "tatooing yourself with Hebrew letters gives you magic powers to disappear from 007's North Korean captivity" version of the Kabbalah is certainly relevant to a discussion of cultural appropriation: -), I don't know about Mapplethorpe.
The study of the Kabbalah is considered dangerous by many Rabbinic and Hebrew scholars, a thing only to be approached by those very well grounded in Hebrew history and teachings.
“The Kabbalah is an incredibly powerful tradition going back thousands of years,” says Jeremy Rosen, a London-based Rabbi.
Even Rabbi Rosen, who has his reservations about the popularisation of Kabbalah, is a passionate exponent of the real thing.
Yet in its proper form, Kabbalah is a serious religious tradition, often described as a mystical offshoot of Judaism that dates back centuries and is usually only studied by those over the age of 40 who are believed to have the required spiritual maturity to deal with its teachings.
Indeed, one of the most important aspects of Kabbalah is the passing of its teachings from master to student over many generations.