Friday, April 15, 2005

Kabbalah

Hi everyone,
I noticed many people talking about the Kabbalah in class and I wanted to research it further because I wasn't too sure what it was or what it was about. I'm also going to give a link to the site I used.
It seems that Kabbalah, also spelled many other ways, comes from the root of a Hebrew word that means, "To recieve, to accept." Iguess that when in the Bible Moses recieved the Ten Commandments from God, he also gave moses some oral laws that were not written down. This oral law was supposed to be passed from generation to generation thus making it an Oral tradition.
The Torah, or the first five books of the old testament: Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers and Deuteronomy, are believed to be divine, yet they are written down. It is believed that by studying this oral tradition along with the Torah, that one can unlock the secrets to creation.
Thgis is very interesting to know while reading Yeats because in a lot of the memory theatres created by the people Yates discussed, some people thought of them to have magical elements and branded them as bad. I was wondering why they would consider these theatres magical. Well, if someone was going to find a way to unlock and know in their minds the secrets of God's creation, I can see that as magical. On the site provided it gives some examples of memory theatres associated with Kabbalah and Hermetic Kabbalah (non-Jewish studiers of Kabbalah.).
It's all very interesting, if you would like to look at the site, its address is:
http://www.digital-brilliance.com/kab/theatre/theatre.htm
I hope you enjoy.

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