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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Kabbalism - the doctrines of the Kabbalah
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
2.kabbalism - adherence to some extreme traditional theological concept or interpretation
adherence, adhesion, attachment - faithful support for a cause or political party or religion; "attachment to a formal agenda"; "adherence to a fat-free diet"; "the adhesion of Seville was decisive"
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"A 21st Century Note on Borges's Kabbalism." Variaciones Borges 39 (2015): 51-58.
(46) She saturates Jewish kabbalism's mystical narrative of zimzum (Hebrew: "contraction") in which God creates and nurtures the world not through sheer omnipotence or dominating power but rather more like a mother, freely opening a space in God's very self for the emergence of the material cosmos, and consummately for human freedom.
This primeval outrageous female demon who became an "undoubted goddess in Sumer and the very consort of God in Kabbalism" (Patai 250), leaves the disobedience of Eve in eating the apple and curiously initiating the discoveries of subsequent history far behind her, morally in the shade.
Francis Mercury van Helmont's "Sketch of Christian Kabbalism".
Rather than engage the genuine foreignness of kabbalism and Jewish mysticism, writers from Harry Mulisch to Michael Chabon (and the film director Darren Aronofsky) tended to use them as metaphors for very contemporary concerns.
He also discussed his personal experiences with Kabbalah and contrasted it with the popular religious practice being adopted by celebrities under the name of Kabbalism.
Western Christians and celebrities often turn to Eastern religions, such as Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, or Kabbalism, in their quest to find spiritual guidance.
There are occasional mentions of Judaism (especially Kabbalism), Hinduism, and Buddhism.
Owens's ("Occult Connection") attempt to extend formal Kabbalism in early Mormonism moves well beyond the documentary evidence.
The posted placards promised a debate in which hylomorphism, the Paracelsian three principles, and Kabbalism would be debunked in favor of a system of five non-transmutablc elements.