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(Judaism) a variant spelling of kabbalah
cabbalism n
ˈcabbalist n
ˌcabbaˈlistic, ˌcabbaˈlistical adj


or cab•ba•la or

(ˈkæb ə lə, kəˈbɑ-)

n., pl. -las.
1. (often cap.) a system of esoteric philosophy developed by rabbis, reaching its peak in the Middle Ages and based on a mystical method of interpreting the Scriptures.
2. any occult doctrine or science.
[1515–25; < Medieval Latin cab(b)ala < Hebrew qabbālāh tradition]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cabbala - an esoteric or occult matter resembling the Kabbalah that is traditionally secret
arcanum, secret - information known only to a special group; "the secret of Cajun cooking"
2.Cabbala - an esoteric theosophy of rabbinical origin based on the Hebrew scriptures and developed between the 7th and 18th centuries
theosophy - a system of belief based on mystical insight into the nature of God and the soul
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud


[kəˈbɑːlə] Ncábala f
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Norma Hanson (second from right) a VAD worker from Almondbury, on HMS Cabbala with Sick Berth staff in 1943
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Though he knew the correspondences the Golden Dawn developed between the 22 Tarot trumps--the "fifth" suit added to the regular playing deck to create the Tarot gaming deck in the fifteenth century and later imbued with esoteric significance--and the paths on the Cabbalistic Tree of Life, Waite did not include any overt references to Cabbala in his first deck.
as well as on occultism and any kind of hermetic gnosis; this passion for magical knowledge is in no way accidental; and it is with as much seriousness as credulity that Andre Breton states that the only incentive of surrealist activity is a hope to determine, and reach the point supreme in which yes and no are fused together, and from which for the Cabbala, the entire world is engendered .
As he writes in one of his books, Cabbala of Power, "The Jewish 'plan' is no secret; there is no need to re-read The Protocols or to ask Jews what they want.
The book concludes with an impressive summary of its accomplishment in discovering a symbolic world marked by a combination of elements of Anabaptism with the Jewish (and Christian) Cabbala.