Throughout the ages, the Kabbalah has influenced some of the world's most impressive movers and shakers. Now every woman who wants to expand her knowledge and venture into new mystical experiences can access this ancient source of wisdom.
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September 22, 2005
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Excerpt from Enlighten Up by Barrie Dolnick
have a friend who is a well-known author and expert on the Kabbalah. He laughed when I told him I was writing a book called Enlighten Up: The Keys to Kabbalah.
"That's going to be interesting. I've been studying it for years. It's an amorphous body of work."
Can you really learn the keys to Kabbalah just by reading a book Well, it's a good start.
There are stacks and piles and archives of information, opinions, and assertions about Kabbalah and there isn't a single book or expert who knows it all or who has every element contained in perfect order.
The first and most important lesson you can learn about the Kabbalah is that there really is no single answer to any one question. Confusing Yes. Difficult to understand It can be. But don't give up here. You'll decide on the answers that work for you.
Here's a great example. Even the name "Kabbalah," an English transliteration of an ancient Aramaic word, has no "right" spelling. You'll see "Kabbalah," "Kaballah," "Qabala," "Cabala," and so on. Basically, any three syllables that connect to sound like Kah-bah-lah will do. Some people put the accent on the second syllable (Kah-BAH-lah) and others give even stress to each syllable. For this book, we'll use the spelling now popularized by the Kabbalah centers that have attracted so many celebrity followers and so much press attention.
There is an old saying that if you have one problem and ask two Jews to solve it, you'll end up with at least three answers.
What does the word "Kabbalah" mean In simple terms, "Kabbalah" means "to receive," but of course, there's more to it. A subtler translation of the word "Kabbalah" is really "to receive in order to share," so it's not a "take this ' it's yours to keep" type of receivership. Within this context, "Kabbalah" is also translated to mean "tradition." Kabbalah is received from the previous generation and eventually shared with the next.