More about Kabbalah…. Embraces Evil, Equates Jews With God.

Book Review of Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, by Gershom Scholem

by John Kunkle — ( July 5, 2013

The final development of Jewish mysticism was the Kabbalah.

Kabbalism states that creation does not just emanate from God, but that man is God’s collaborator through a process called “Restoration.” Man has the ability to accelerate or retard the process of creation.

The Messiah would not come until restoration was complete. Jews were deliberately exiled to all parts of the world to pick up the “sparks of souls and divine light” (pg. 311) and were crucial to this “healing” process.

Adam’s fall from grace did not just bring down mankind. It also brought down God and the “Shekinah.”

The Shekinah is “the essence of God” that hovered above the Ark of the Covenant in the Temple in the Holy of Holies. It was what lead the Jews throughout their Exodus from Egypt. “Everything is in Exile. The Shekinah…was dragged down into the world of darkness of demonic evil.” (pg. 280)

Through transmigration of the soul, the goal of the Jew was to lift their experience and bring both mankind and the Shekinah out of exile. This transmigration can take a long time, but it can be “shortened by certain religious acts, i.e. rites, penitential exercises, and meditations.” (pg. 283)



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