The mystical system developed in the 11th and 12th centuries and later reinterpreted by Isaac Luria in the 16th century. In the Kabbalah, the medieval Jewish philosophers discuss at length the question of the divine attributes, such as what meaning can be given to statements such as "God is wise," or "God is good," since anthropomorphic descriptions are totally inapplicable to that which is beyond all human experience. Ein Sof and the ten Sefirot are discussed here.
Also spelled Cabala. It refers to the mystical interpretation of the Jewish Scriptures. It has two principal written sources. Sefer Yezira is a third century work which purports to present a series of monologues given by the partriarch Abraham. The second, Zohar is a mystical commentary on the Torah written by Moses de León in the 13th century. As a religious movement, it appears to have started in 11th century France, and then spread to Spain and elsewhere. It influenced the development of Hasidism in the 18th century, and continues to play a role in contemporary Judaism.
Esoteric Judaism, believed to have been dictated by God to Abraham and/or Moses. Most of the extant writings surrounding Kabbalah, however, date from the Middle Ages. Some Tarot scholars trace the Tarot to Kabbalistic philosophy, especially the Tree of Life.
Literally, "Receiving," either in the sense of a received teaching dealing with mystical or esoteric matters; or in the sense of receiving direct experience of ultimate reality. Technically, Kabbalah refers to Jewish esoteric teachings which evolved primarily in the medieval period, regarding the hidden life of God and the secrets of his relationship with his creation.
(also spelled Cabala, and Qabala) an intricate and profound system from mystical Judaism that seeks to explain the workings of the universe, and the path on which humans can attain unity with the divine. Many people see a connection between Kabbalah and tarot.
("receiving" or "tradition"): Kabbalah is the esoteric dimension of the Torah. Kabbalat Shabbat ("welcoming the Sabbath"): The series of psalms and hymns, etc. recited as a prelude to the Friday night prayer service, to mark the onset of the Sabbath.
Esoteric teachings that deal with mystical ideas of creation and concepts of a spiritual nature, based in the Hebrew/Gnostic scriptures. Kabbalah features interpretations of the Tree of Life, the Zohar, numerical keys to the Bible etc.
Kabbalah (, Tiberian: , QabbÄlÄh, Israeli: Kabala) literally means "receiving", in the sense of a "received tradition", and is sometimes transliterated as Cabala, Kabbala, Qabalah, or other permutations. Kabbalah esoterically interprets the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) and classical Jewish texts (halakha and aggadah) and practices (mitzvot), as expressing a mystical doctrine concerning God's simultaneous immanence and transcendence, an attempted resolution to the ancient paradox of how the ultimate Beingâ€”"that which is not conceivable by thinking" (Isaac the Blind)â€”nevertheless comes to be known and experienced by the created world.