The theme of text and its variants is the perspective from which Ackerman discusses Borges's interest in the Cabbala
. As she perceptively points out, neither in Borges's much quoted essay promising a "Vindication" of the Cabbala
nor in his talk on this subject (in Siete noches) does he actually offer an explanation of the basic meaning of the term and its concept but confines his discussion to a series of observations about its origins and hermeneutical practices.
Eliot makes two direct references to "Cabbala
" in the novel: Mordecai speaks about "the doctrine of the Cabbala
" and how it explains that "souls are born again and again in new bodies till they are perfected and purified" (540).
Norma Hanson (second from right) a VAD worker from Almondbury, on HMS Cabbala
with Sick Berth staff in 1943
The third section's contributions consider Cavendish's thoughts on nature and theology from another perspective, namely, her interest in the Jewish Cabbala
, natural magic, and the mystical and occult traditions of the Jewish rabbis.
The authors consider Cavendish's concepts of God and Nature, her use of a variety of genres to explore issues of faith and science, and her examination of a variety of spiritual traditions including Christianity, natural magic, Judaism, and the Jewish Cabbala
. As with all collections of essays, some contributions stand out because of their fascinating subject matter and outstanding writing.
From February to July that year, she was in the Woolwich class and trained at the coding school HMS Cabbala
, a shore base near Warrington for wireless telegraph operators.
Esoteric Judaism, particularly the Cabbala
, fueled the Hermetic revival of Marsilio Ficino (1433-99) and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463-94), founders of the Platonic Academy in Florence and whose translation of the Hermetica (a Gnostic text emphasizing experiential knowledge of God and laying down the basic principles for the operation of magic) Giordano Bruno had studied in depth.
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." In addition to having accused Israel of all manner of crimes, he has also been labeled a Holocaust-denier by both Israelis and Palestinians.
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