Judaism and the Kabbala


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The Kabbala (sometimes spelt Quabbala) is a Jewish system of mysticism. It's usage is found among Rosicrusians and people who practice ceremonial magick. Despite this system of mysticism originating withing Judao-Christianity, its usage has always been frwned upon by Christian churches. So I am therefore interested to see how mainstream Judaism views the use or practice of the Kabbala by its own adherents.
There was a cube something the jews use to tie to their head when they are praying.
See the "Kabbalah" article in the Encyclopedia Judaica: http://www.jevzajcg.me/enciklopedia/Encyclopaedia Judaica, v. 11 (Ja-Kas).pdf -- pp. 585 - 692.

The development of the Kabbalah has its sources in the eso-
teric and theosophical currents existing among the Jews of Pal-
estine and Egypt in the era which saw the birth of Christianity.
These currents are linked with the history of Hellenistic and
syncretistic religion at the close of antiquity. Scholars disagree
on the measure of the influence exerted by such trends, and
also by Persian religion, on the early forms of Jewish mysti-
cism. Some stress the Iranian influence on the general devel-
opment of Judaism during the period of the Second Temple,
and particularly on certain movements such as the Jewish
apocalyptic, a view supported by many experts on the different
forms of Gnosticism, like R. Reitzenstein and G. Widengren.
That there was an extensive degree of Greek influence on these
currents is maintained by a number of scholars, and various
theories have been adduced to explain this. Many specialists
in the Gnosticism of the first three centuries of the common
era see it as basically a Greek or Hellenistic phenomenon, cer-
tain aspects of which appeared in Jewish circles, particularly
in those sects on the fringes of rabbinic Judaism – ha-minim.

The Tree of Life and its Ten Sephiroth map onto the oriental scheme of the Seven Chakras. The Persian/Iranian influence (Zoroastrianism) could have served as a conduit for oriental (Indian) mystical doctrines.

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