“The Breath becomes a stone; the stone, a plant; the plant, an animal; the animal, a man; the man, a spirit; and the spirit, a god.” A known Kabbala quote

The Kabbalah (also known as kabala, cabala) means in Hebrew “reception” in the meaning of “received tradition” and indeed the term historically referred to all Judaism’s oral law such as the words of the ancient prophets from the bible. Over time, many of the teachings were recorded and put available to all. The esoteric teachings though, remained something that is past on from rabbi to student. This was because of the relative interpretive freedom taken by kabbalistic scholars, and the heresies they might lead to, and so the teachings of the Kabbalah remained something that is restricted to a selected few. In our days, even the esoteric teachings have been put to record but the name remained.

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