Here at last, is a ... readable study of the ancient Jewish mystical system, the Kabbalah ... an unusually clear and inspiring explication ... a valuable work for both public and academic libraries.
- The Library Journal
THE KABBALAH - the least known and most mysterious of all the canons of the mystic thought! It has recaptured the imagination of the growing mystical element in today's society, for, somewere, in each of us, is an Adam in need of restoration.
This unusally designed, liberally illustrated, and plain spoken introduction to the Kabbalah illuminates its strange and wonderful history. It points up the intimate relationship between man and his spiritual counterpart, the ramifications this relationship has for all of our lives today. Striking parallels are noted with astrology, tarot, numerology, and yoga.
Utdrag ur den judiska Kabbalan:
199. The soul of the female comes from the Female, and the soul of the male comes from the Male.
This is the reason why the Serpent followed Eve. He said, "Her soul comes from the north, and I will therefore quickly seduce her. And how did he seduce her? He had intercourse with her. 200. His disciples asked: Tell us how this took place.
He replied: The wicked Samael made a bond with all the host on high against his Master. This was because the Blessed Holy One said ""[regarding man1 (Genesis 1:26), "And let him rule over the fish of the sea and the flying things of The heaven."
[Samael] said, How can we cause him to sin and be exiled from before God? He descended with all his host, and sought a suitable companion on earth. He finally found the serpent, which looked like a camel, and he rode on it.
He then went to the woman and said to her (Genesis 3:1), Did God also say, from all the trees of the garden ""[you shall not eat]? ""[He said, "I know that He did not forbid all the trees,] but I will seek more-I will add in order that she should subtract."
She replied, He did not stop us from anything besides (Genesis 3:2), \i0 the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden. God said, 'Do not eat from it and do not touch it, lest you die."'
She had added two things. She said, from the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, while had only said (Genesis 2:17), from the Tree of Knowledge. She also said, do not touch it lest you die,; ""[while God had only spoken of eating it].
What did Samael do? He went and touched the tree. The tree cried out and said, Wicked one, do not touch me! It is thus written (Psalm 36:12), Let not a foot of pride overtake me, and let not the hand of the wicked move me. There have the work-ers of iniquity fallen-they are thrust down, they cannot rise.
He then said to the woman, See, I touched the tree and I did not die. You can also touch it and not die.
The woman went and touched the tree. She saw the Angel of Death approaching her and said, Woe is to me. Now I will die and the Blessed Holy One will make another woman and give her to Adam. I will therefore cause him to eat with me. If we die, we will both die, and if we live, we will both live.
She took the fruit of the tree and ate it, and she also gave some to her husband. Their eyes were opened and their teeth were set on edge. He said, What is this that you have given me to eat? Just as my teeth were set on edge, so will the teeth of all [future] generations be set on edge.
""[God then] sat down in true judgment, as it is written (Psalm 9:5),