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|What is Kabbalah? Do Jews accept it as part of their religion?|
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|'Kabbalah' is a belief system that certain Jews follow. It is somewhat popular among new-agers now. As Christians, we hold that these teachings are false and not scripturally based. There are pockets of Jewish followers and due to the recent Hollywood embrace of this practice it has gained more followers.
'Kabbalah' is Hebrew for "that which is received" and refers to a secret oral tradition of teaching which extends from teacher to pupil. Kabbalah, which is the spelling usually preferred by scholars, specifically refers to oral mystical teaching not normally revealed to the general population, but passed on from the adepts to the initiates.
The term "Kabbalah" itself was first applied to secret mystical teachings in the eleventh century by Iba Gabriol, a Spanish philosopher, and has since become applied to all Jewish mystical practice.
Although the Kabbalah is founded on the Torah, the Jewish scriptures and other sacred writings, it is not an intellectual discipline; and the mystic is told not to practice it in solitude, but is to employ it to enlighten humanity. The Kabbalist seeks two things: an union with God while maintaining a social, family, and communal life within the framework of traditional Judaism. Those who have adopted the Kabbalistic teachings have modified these latter aims.
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