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or kab·ba·la or ka·ba·la also ca·ba·la or qa·ba·la or qa·ba·lah  (kăb′ə-lə, kə-bä′lə)
1. often Kabbalah A body of mystical teachings of rabbinical origin, often based on an esoteric interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures.
2. A secret doctrine resembling these teachings.

[Medieval Latin cabala, from Hebrew qabbālâ, received doctrine, tradition, from qibbēl, to receive; see qbl in Semitic roots.]

kab′ba·lism n.
kab′ba·list n.
Usage Note: There are no less than two dozen variant spellings of kabbalah, the most common of which include kabbalah, kabala, kabalah, qabalah, qabala, cabala, cabbala, kaballah, kabbala, kaballah, and qabbalah. This sort of confusion is frequently seen with Hebrew and Arabic words borrowed into English because there exist several different systems of romanizing the Hebrew and Arabic alphabets. Often a more exact or scholarly transliteration, such as Qur'an, will coexist alongside a spelling that has been heavily Anglicized (Koran). The fact that the Hebrew and Arabic alphabets do not as a rule indicate short vowels or the doubling of consonants compounds the difficulties. Spellings of kabbalah with one or two b's are equally "correct," insofar as the single b accurately reproduces the spelling of the Hebrew, while the double b represents that it was once pronounced with a double b.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kabbala - 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.Kabbala - 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
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Pray, sir, upon an average what proportion of these Kabbala were usually found to be right?
The Kabbala, as you properly term them, sir, were generally discovered to be precisely on a par with the facts recorded in the un-re-written histories themselves; -- that is to say, not one individual iota of either was ever known, under any circumstances, to be not totally and radically wrong.
If they are good people that is all I care about" - Madonna (pictured), a follower of the Jewish kabbala tradition.
26) See, notably, Christian Knorr von Rosenroth, Kabbala Denudata, sive Doctrina Hebraeorum Transcendentalis et Metaphysica Atque Theologia (Sulzbach, 1677-78).
Victoria: "See, if I become a Kabbala, maybe Madonna will replace Gerry in the Spice Girls.
Teachings of the Kabbala often warn followers about "the evil spirits (Samael, Lilith) who lurk everywhere and are out to bring ruination to man" (Patai, Gates 421).
It went on to say, "This scenario is derived concept-for-concept from Rabbinic writings on the mystic 'holy book' kabbala dating back at least two millennia.
In fact, it was Scholem who was ultimately responsible for bringing the "Adamic Urtext" to Benjamin's attention, as well as the Kabbala and other mystical writings, including the Spinozist metaphor of the Messiah who only ever arrives too late.
In an attempt to meet Borges, after a previously failed effort, Vogelstein registers for the conference and unexpectedly becomes the "pawn" in a plot that generates secret meanings, red herrings, doppelgangers, mirrors, the usual suspects, and cryptic letters, numbers, and words, evocative of the Kabbala and Christian gnosis.
She's even taken to religion, strictly observing the kabbala and showing the world that, much as they like to think she's a desperate crone hanging on to her toy boy, Guy loves her enough to wear the funny little hat.
He further contends that, because of the new obstacles, Jews had a spiritual crisis, according to which the study of the Kabbala became of paramount importance.
The film opens with the singer reading from the book of Revelations and she explains her adherence to the mystical Jewish teachings of kabbala, saying: "Light is immortality.