Kabbalah - Kabbalah Introduction The term Kabbalah comes...

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Kabbalah Introduction The term “Kabbalah” comes from the Hebrew root l’kabel, which means “to receive,” so Kabbalah means “received teachings.” Kabbalah also denotes “tradition,” meaning a body of knowledge and customs passed down from one generation to another. In other words, it is a body of Jewish mystical literature. Kabbalah represents a lifestyle, practice, and mystical philosophy that aim to connect with God to transmute daily existence into a holy spiritual one. It is intended by its practitioners to inform and transform the way you perceive and experience the world around you and the divinity that surrounds and fills you. Language Kabbalah, like any religious phenomenon, exists in a particular environment and grows out of spiritual experiences of people in that environment. It therefore has a specific cultural language, primarily Hebrew and Aramaic. History Kabbalah has a long history that began in the mystical elements that are already found in the Bible and which began to flower in the early rabbinic period around the time of the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70 C.E. and the following centuries. What can properly be called Kabbalah emerged in the 12 th century and drew from all the previous forms of Jewish mysticism, centering on the specific language of divine emanations and powers called Sefirot, and a transcendent, infinite, ultimately Unknowable Divinity called Ein Sof. Ein Sof and the Sefirot Ein Sof precedes all emanation and Creation. Emanation proceeds from Ein Sof and brings forth the world of the Sefirot. Ein Sof is an absolute being and has no personality. The cosmology of the Jewish Kabbalah revolves around the Tree of Life. It is an algorithmic journey
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2009 for the course RC 220 taught by Professor Avery during the Spring '09 term at Regis University.

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Kabbalah - Kabbalah Introduction The term Kabbalah comes...

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