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									             Kabbalah Exposed!
  Kabbalism is the basis of nearly every tradition covered under the
                    general heading of "occultism"

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                       The photo to the left is of Madonna, a big fan of
                       Kabbalism. Kabbalah is straight from hell! The
                       Freemason occult is based upon occult mysticism (a
                       bunch of hodge-podge) from the Zohar. Kabbalah is a
                       branch of Jewish mysticism, which is thought to have
                       originated in the 13th century. Its teachings come
                       from an ancient 23-volume book called the Zohar,
                       which offers interpretations of the inner meaning of
                       the Torah. Traditionally, its practices were reserved
for a select number of Jewish scholars who already had an advanced
understanding of Jewish law, but for the past 500 years it has been followed
more widely. Kaballah WILL take you away from Jesus Christ. Jesus was NO
follower of Kabbalism! John 14:2 clearly reveals that Jesus said what He
meant, and meant what He said. Jesus wasn't into mysticism, "...if it were
not so, I would have told you." The Word of God is straightforward. The
FACT that occult groups worldwide cherish the Kabbalah should speak
volumes to anyone who may consider it a holy book, it is NOT!

Kabbalah promises many things to help out your life, by taking away grief,
pain, misery, worries, and much more. On the contrary, the Word of God
promises us persecution if we live godly in Christ (Yea, and all that will live
godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." -2nd Timothy 3:12). Isaiah
53:3, a prophecy about Jesus, declares "He is despised and rejected of men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief" John 15:20 reads "The servant
is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also
persecute you."

Kabbalism should be suspect for drawing attention to ones own "spirituality"
rather than drawing attention to and glorifying Jesus Christ (God Almighty).
As Isaiah 64:6 declares, "all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags." Kabbalist
mysticism is the basis for Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, the Illuminati,
Knights Templar, and many other occult organizations. Their holy book is the
Zohar. "Spell oils and incense blends produced according to Kabbalah" is the
advertisement on this witchcraft website. The Bible is quick and powerful
enough (Hebrews 4:12), without the need to resort to extra-Biblical
religiosity, occult practices, or Satanism. Jesus clearly said that He was the
ONLY Way to the Father (John 14:6). Kabbalah is wishy-washy and fails to
present a Biblical plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. Kabbalah is of the
devil. I dare anyone to show me a clear Gospel presentation from the
Kaballah. Again, the FACT that Satanic occult groups base their damnable
religions upon the Kabbalah speaks volumes. The "mysticism" of the Kaballah
is demonism.


Question: "What is Kabbalah?"

Answer: Kabbalah has many different ways of being spelled in English. It can be
as you have spelled it, or one of the following: Kaballah, Qabalah, or Cabalah.

Kabbalah developed between the 6th and 13th centuries among Jews in
Babylonia, Italy, Provence, and Spain. The word Kabbalah means "to receive" and
refers to revelation from God received by Jews and passed to succeeding
generations through oral tradition. The word was first used by mainstream
Judaism but later came to refer to those who believed that only a select few
were given the secret knowledge from God as to the "true" meaning of
Scriptures. Kabbalah uses occultic practices and is considered to be a cult.

Kabbalah resembles closely some of the beliefs held by the Greek Gnostics in
that both groups held that only a select few were given deeper understanding or
knowledge. Also, Kabbalah teaches that emanations from God did the work of
creation rather than creation being directly from God. With each descending
emanation, the emanation became further away from God. The final emanation
took the personal form of angels. This would be like God created a
lesser god, and that one then created a lesser god, and this kept happening until
the end result were angels. This directly contradicts God's revelation of Himself
in the Bible. In the Bible, God teaches that He is both separate from all of His
creation and yet is directly accessible by those who come to Him through Jesus

Kabbalah does hold to the inspiration of Scripture, but does not seek the plain
meaning of Scripture. The Kabbalah approach is mystical and very subjective,
using such things as numerology to find "hidden" meaning. Through this method,
almost any teaching that one desires could be "found" in Scripture. This goes
against the very heart of communication. God provided Scripture that He might
communicate with mankind and teach humanity of Himself. It is obvious that
Scripture is meant to be taken at face value and Not mystical interpretation.
This can be demonstrated by fulfilled prophecy. God said something would
happen, and it happened as He said it would. The greatest example of this is the
fulfillment of the prophecies concerning the first coming of Jesus Christ. The
were hundreds of verses referring to His coming, and they were fulfilled literally
(Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Micah 5:2; Isaiah 53. This is why the Bible should be interpreted
literally or normally.
Kabbalah even has a pantheistic characteristic. Pantheism is the idea that God
and His creation are one. This of course is not what God has told us in the Bible.
God created all that exists from nothing (the Hebrew word "bara"). Kabbalah says
that creation is one of God's emanations - this is the pantheistic quality that
Kabbalah has.

Of course I do not know why you have asked this question (what is Kabbalah?),
but if you are seeking to know God and have a personal relationship with Him,
look no further that Jesus Christ and the Bible. Jesus is God in the flesh, and He
came to die for every person's sins. If an individual trusts in Christ -- that He is
God (John 1:1-3) and paid for sin (Romans 8:3) -- then that person is forgiven and
becomes a child of God (John 1:12).

Recommended Resource: The Kingdom of the Cults, revised and updated edition.


Modern Kabbalah

In 1969, a former insurance salesman, Rabbi Philip Berg, established the
Kabbalah Centre International and appointed himself its leader. The centre
markets Kabbalah as a "universal system for self-improvement" and attracts more
than 3.5 million followers. Berg claims that Kabbalah answers the ultimate
questions of human existence: who we are, where we come from and why we're
here. Its followers claim that it can purify the soul and banish disease,
depression and discontent using the spiritual light of the Zohar.

The Kabbalah Centre sells copies of its sacred texts and other "spiritual tools",
such as Kabbalah Water. Among the best-selling items is the red string bracelet,
said to protect the wearer from the evil eye. The Beckhams, Paris Hilton, Britney
Spears, Demi Moore and Madonna have all been seen sporting one." -SOURCE:
The Great Kabbalah Con Exposed.

Question: "Where did the Kabbalah originate?"

Name of group: Qabalah (modern "cultic" spelling, also known as Hermetic
Qabalah), Kabbalah (traditional Jewish spelling), Cabala (Christian spelling). All
of these spellings are merely transliterations of the word in Hebrew. Therefore,
one spelling is not necessarily right over another, but each group tends to spell it
Founder: Isaac the Blind (It is not known for sure that he was the original
founder, but he is considered the Father of Kabbalah. Aspects of Kabbalah can
be traced back to the first century A.D.)

Date of Birth and Death: c. 1160-c. 1236

Birth Place: Provence

Year of founding: Kabbalah can be traced as far back as the first century A.D. It
was formed as a scholarly group sometime during Isaac the Blind's lifetime (c.
1160-1236), but the exact year is unknown.

Why and how it was founded: The first Kabalistic ideas emerged in ancient times
as an attempt by the Merkabah mystics to reach what they called the "higher
throne" of G-d. Isaac the Blind was the first to name Jewish mysticism Kabbalah,
and he formed a scholarly group based on the tradition.

Question: "Which groups use the Kabbalah?"

"It is probably accurate to say that from the Renaissance on, virtually all occult
philosophers and magicians of note had a working knowledge of some aspect of Kabbalah .
. ." (Low, Colin. Hermetic Kabbalah. "Frequently Asked Questions"). Some groups that
currently practice Qabalah are the Hermetics, the Gnostics, Knights Templar, the
Neoplatists, the Pythagoreanists, the Rosicrucianists, Tantra, the English Order of the
Golden Dawn, and the French magician Eliphas Levi. Some Qabalists practice ritual
magic -- "names of power, the magic circle, ritual implements, consecration, evocation of
spirits, etc." (Low, Colin. Hermetic Kabbalah. "Frequently Asked Questions."

                         Also, celebrities Madonna, Britney, Demi, and Paris have have
                         become new followers of Kabbalah. Madonna in 2003 spent
                         $5,000,000 to build a Kabbalah reading temple in London. The
                         latest trend is "red Kabbalah string (pictured to the left).
                         Increasingly, Hollywood celebrities have been seen adorning
                         these red strings promoting Kabbalah. No Christian should ever
                         get involved with these works of darkness. Though Kabbalah
                         may seem fun-loving and peaceful on the surface, it is infested
                         with occult demonology and Satanic lies. Please don't be
                         deceived! The fact that a woman as wicked as Madonna could
promote such a book with no sense of guilt or repentance for her wickedness speaks
           Kabbalah and Occultism
   Kabbalism is the basis of nearly every tradition covered under the
                     general heading of "occultism"

Kabbalah: aka Qabala, Cabala, Kabala, Qabballa,
Imagine you're Madonna. You're too smart
for Scientology, but not calm enough for
Taoism. You've pretty much burned your
bridges with Catholicism. And Methodism
was never really an option. So where do
you go for your religious fulfillment?

If you're thinking Hinduism, well, actually
she was over that back in the '90s after it
failed to catch on as the Next Big Thing.
Her current fixation, kabbalah, might
have more potential.

Technically, kabbalah is not a religion,
and it never was. It originated around the
11th century as an outgrowth of earlier
Jewish esoteric-occult traditions.
Kabbalah is mainly based on two texts,
the Sepher Yetzirah ("the book of
creation") and the Zohar ("the book of

Sepher Yetzirah is a collection of secret traditions supposedly passed down from
Abraham. It describes the structure of the universe and the method of its
creation, including an extremely convoluted series of planes of existence, based
on geometry and key numerical sequences derived from the Hebrew alphabet.
While probably not dating back to the time of Abraham, whenever that actually
was, it is the older of the two texts and probably runs at least as far back as the
second century B.C.
                             The Zohar was first seen in public during the 13th
                             century, offered up by Moses de Leon, a Spanish Jew
                             who claimed it was the work of a second-century
                             miracle-working rabbi. After de Leon's death, there
                             were numerous charges that the work was a forgery.
                             There is quite a bit of legitimate controversy around
                             the book, but the scholarly consensus is that the
                             Zohar legitimately conveys a tradition that predates
                             the 13th century, including several elements found
                             in Jewish and Christian Gnosticism.

                           The Zohar is a commentary on the Pentateuch, the
                           first five books of both the Jewish and Christian
                           bibles. OK, maybe "commentary" isn't the right
                           word. The Zohar claims that the words of the Torah
                           are simply a smokescreen behind which the real
                           meaning of the Jewish scriptures lurks, like an
ancient stereogram: you can't see it unless you're looking past it.

Together, the books outline a sweeping vision of the structure of reality,
including guidelines on how to alter it in nontraditional ways, which more or less
amount to magic. Based on the two key texts, medieval occultists and Jewish
mystics created a massive body of writings about metaphysics, alchemy and
magic. Because it covers material related to the Old Testament, kabbalah was
adopted by both Jews and Christians. Kabbalism also led to the development of
Hasidism among Eastern European Jews.

The most readily identifiable concept in Kabbalism is the
Tree of Life, a diagram that is essentially a map of
reality. The Tree of Life consists of three columns known
as "pillars", and 10 sephiroth, or spheres, each of which
represents an aspect of the process God used to create
the world.

At the top of the diagram is Kether, "The Crown", which
represents the divine intelligence of God, from which all
of creation emanates. The three pillars emanate down
from Kether all the way down to Malkuth at the bottom.
(The word means "Kingdom"; the bottom sephira is also
sometimes called Shekhinah.) Kether is the angle at
which reality points toward the creator; Malkuth is the
angle at which is points toward His creation -- the
earthly world.

In traditional Kabbalism, there are 10 sephiroth, although some schools teach of
a "hidden" 11th in the middle of the diagram. Each sephira has different
characteristics and is represented by a different Hebrew letter, which also
corresponds to a number. The 10 sephiroth are connected by 22 lines, known as
"paths," each of which carries a specific meaning. Some occult traditions teach
that the paths correspond to the major arcana in the Tarot.

The chart comes to life as a result of emanations, a concept which covers the
movement of will, force, divine spark, light, energy and reality from God to
creation. Emanations are the manifestation of divine intelligence as a material
or metaphysical thing, such as an angel or a soul.

Because the shape of emanations is outlined by the Tree of Life (supplemented
by information contained in numerous other kabalistic writings), the Tree and
the Hebrew alphabet can be used to calculate the "true names" of things. If you
know the true name of something, you can control it, which quickly led medieval
kabbalists to become ritual magicians (as well as inspiring medieval ritual
magicians to become kabbalists).

With kabalistic secrets firmly in hand, the well-informed can construct magic
words that presumably empower users to command the very forces of the
universe. Angels and demons, in particular, are susceptible to this sort of

Truly ambitious sorcerers also sought the true name of God, the most powerful
magic word imaginable. The search for God's true name took on epic proportions
during the middle ages. The name was referred to as the Tetragrammaton,
because it was believed to have four letters.

The Torah provides one version of this
name, of course, which practicing Jews are
forbidden to speak -- YHWH, pronounced as
Yahweh (or JHVH, Jehovah) by those who
are not especially worried about eternal
damnation and a divine curse. YHWH is
derived from the first letter of each Hebrew
word God spoke to Moses from the burning
bush story found in Exodus. The rough
English translation of the statement is "I am
who am", "I am who I am", or "I am that I

Finding the name in the Bible, of course,
was far too easy. Obviously, recipients of
secret knowledge would have a better
name, a more powerful name. Unfortunately, no one could quite agree on what
that name was, although a number of alternatives were proposed, such as AGLA
or ADNI.
                           None of these names hold up to the obvious test:
                           After pronouncing them, neither divine wrath nor
                           infinite power arrives within any reasonable time

                           Other esoteric concepts were covered in some depth
                           by the kabbalists. Many kabbalists were also
                           alchemists and scientists. As a result, some kabalistic
                           texts about the nature of emanations and the
                           behavior of light (as a divine power) have a
                           remarkable power even to this day. For instance, one
                           Latin kabalistic text from the Middle Ages discusses
                           the properties of spirit and body in some detail. If you
                           substitute "spirit" for "energy" and "matter" for "body",
                           the text looks suspiciously like a sneak preview of
                           Einstein's theory of relativity.

                           To a greater or lesser extent, Kabbalism is the basis
                           of nearly every tradition covered under the general
                           heading of "occultism". Kabbalah is the basis for the
rumored occult practices of the Freemasons, the Illuminati and the Knights
Templar, the stylings of the O.T.O., the antichrist rituals of Jack Parsons, and
the creation of mystical beings such as the Golem. Scientology is also roughly
modeled on the Kabbalah, albeit filtered through a Battlestar Galactica

When it started, the study of Kabbalah was secretive, especially among medieval
Christians who feared the wrath of the Inquisition. After Aleister Crowley
exposed the secrets of the Golden Dawn in the early 20th century, the cat was
out of the bag, and Kabbalah began to be talked about among the religious
intellectuals of the day. Crowley himself wrote extensively about the Kabbalah
for the general public, as well as for his fellow students of esoterica.

The movie Pi (1998) was a cult hit featuring a gang of malevolent Hasidic Jews
who are searching for a way to decipher the true name of God from the number
codes in the Torah. The movie coincided with a revival of mainstream interest in

The latest iteration of Kabbalism has more in common with the New Age than
with traditional occultism. Kabbalah centers (both Jewish and non-Jewish
versions) have popped up around the United States.

Perhaps partly as a result of widespread coverage of Scientology's quirks, a fair
number of celebrities have embraced Kabbalism as the spiritual flavor of the
month. In addition to Madonna, celebrity kabbalists include Elizabeth Taylor,
Demi Moore, Mick Jagger, Jeff Goldblum, Ivana Trump, and Roseanne Barr.
Although the new Kabbalism downplays claims of exotic superpowers, the
magical aspect of Kabbalism is still an important part of the modern movement.


                        "Kabbalism is a system of Jewish
                         mysticism and magic and is the
                        foundational element in modern
                      witchcraft. Virtually all of the great
                      witches and sorcerers of this century
                           were Kabbalists." -William J.
                          Schnoebelen, The Dark Side of

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                 Inside Hollywood's Hottest Cult -Kabbalah

                         The Crazy World of Kabbalah

                         The Deadly Fruit of Kabbalah

                        Mormonism and the Kabbalah

         Cabala's Pagan Origins

           Following the division of Israel and the Assyrian
      captivity of the northern tribes, the southern kingdom
      of Judah adopted the pagan traditions of the heathen
      nation of ancient Babylon. These traditions, with their
associated rituals which included human sacrifice, provoked God to judge
the southern kingdom, which judgment the prophet Jeremiah forewarned
the Jews for a period of forty years, to no avail. The Babylonians
destroyed Jerusalem in three stages, from 605 to 586 B.C., in which year
the Temple of Solomon was demolished and the remaining Jews were
carried into captivity. During the Babylonian captivity, the prophet
Ezekiel continued to reprove Judah for its apostasy from the God of Israel
and their love affair with Babylon. Note, in the following passage, the
Jews’ admiration for the images of rich, brightly attired Babylonian
princes, which evoke visual images of the elegant processions of the
princes of the Roman Catholic Church attired in their rich and colorful

       “...[Jerusalem] increased her whoredoms: for when she
       saw men pourtrayed upon the wall, the images of the
       Chaldeans pourtrayed with vermilion, Girded with girdles
       upon their loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their
       heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of
       the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity: And
       as soon as she saw them with her eyes, she doted upon
       them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea. And
       the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they
       defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted
       with them, and her mind was alienated from them. So she
       discovered her whoredoms, and discovered her nakedness:
       then my mind was alienated from her...” (Ezek.23:14-18)

Moreover, as Matthew Henry noted in his commentary on this passage,
the kingdom of Judah patterned its own worship after the pomp and
pageantry of the Babylonians with whom they had become enamored:

       “Thus she increased her whoredoms; she fell in love, fell
       in league, with the Chaldeans. Hezekiah himself was faulty
       this way when he was proud of the court which the king of
       Babylon made to him and complimented his ambassadors
       with the sight of all his treasures, Isa. 39:2. And the
       humour increased (v. 14); she doted upon the pictures of
       the Babylonian captains (v. 15, 16), joined in alliance with
       that kingdom, invited them to come and settle in
       Jerusalem, that they might refine the genius of the Jewish
       nation and make it more polite; nay, they sent for patterns
       of their images, altars, and temples, and made use of
       them in their worship. Thus was she polluted with her
       whoredoms (v. 17), and thereby she discovered her own
       whoredom (v. 18), her own strong inclination to idolatry.”

According to two authoritative sources, H.P. Blavatsky and the Jewish
Encyclopedia, the Jews also acquired from the Chaldeans their doctrines
of Eastern mysticism. These were later developed into a written
compendium of esoteric literature known as the Jewish Qabbalah or
Kabalah, and in the Middle Ages as the Latin Cabala.

       “Kabalah (Heb.) The hidden wisdom of the Hebrew Rabbis
       of the middle ages derived from the older secret doctrines
       concerning divine things and cosmogony, which were
       combined into a theology after the time of the captivity of
       the Jews in Babylon. All the works that fall under the
       esoteric category are termed Kabalistic.” (Blavatsky,
       Theosophical Glossary, p. 168)

           “The Pythagorean idea of the creative powers of
       numbers and letters, upon which the ‘Sefer Yetzirah’ is
       founded, and which was known in tannaitic times…is here
       proved to be an old cabalistic conception. In fact, the
       belief in the magic power of the letters of the
       Tetragrammaton and other names of the Deity…seems to
       have originated in Chaldea (see Lenormant, ‘Chaldean
       Magic,’ pp. 29, 43). Whatever, then, the theurgic Cabala
       was …, the very fact that Abraham, and not a Talmudical
       hero like Akiba, is introduced in the ‘Sefer Yetzirah,’ at
       the close, as possessor of the Wisdom of the Alphabet,
       indicates an old tradition, if not the antiquity of the book
           “The whole dualistic system of good and of evil powers,
       which goes back to Zoroastrianism and ultimately to old
       Chaldea, can be traced through Gnosticism; having
       influenced the cosmology of the ancient Cabala before it
       reached the medieval one…
           “The gradual condensation of a primal substance into
       visible matter, a fundamental doctrine of the Cabala, … is
       the ancient Semitic conception of the ‘primal ocean,’
       known to the Babylonians as ‘Apsu’ (compare Jastrow,
       ‘Religion of Babylonia’), and called by the Gnostics βύθος
       =     (Anz, ‘Die Frage nach dem Ursprung des
       Gnostizismus,’ p. 98).”

The Chaldean religious tradition that was embraced by apostate Jews
during their captivity in Babylon was delivered to subsequent generations
by word of mouth. According to Blavatsky, these disseminators of the
Chaldean tradition in the few centuries before Christ were known as

       “Kabalist. From Q B L H, Kabala, an unwritten or oral
       tradition. The kabalist is a student of ‘secret science’, one
       who interprets the hidden meaning of the Scriptures with
       the help of the symbolical Kabala… The Tanaim were the
       first kabalists among the Jews; they appeared at
       Jerusalem about the beginning of the third century before
       the Christian era… This secret doctrine is identical with
       the Persian wisdom, or ‘magic’.” (Ibid. p.167)

The dictionary defines the Medieval Latin cabala as derived from the
Hebrew word “qabb lâ” which means “received doctrine, tradition, from
qibb l, to receive.” According to the Jewish Encyclopedia, Cabalists
claimed to have received these oral traditions, not from ancient
Chaldeans, but from the Patriarchs and Prophets “by the power of the
Holy Spirit.”

       “Cabala comprised originally the entire traditional lore, in
       contradistinction to the written law (Torah), and therefore
       included the prophetic and hagiographic books of the
       Bible, which were supposed to have been ‘received’ by
       the power of the Holy Spirit rather than as writings from
       God’s hand... Each ‘received’ doctrine was claimed as
       tradition from the be traced back to the
       Prophets or to Moses on Sinai... The chief characteristic of
       the Cabala is that, unlike the Scriptures, it was entrusted
       only to the few elect ones;…’”

Because of its heretical nature, the Cabala was not generally
promulgated among the Jews but remained the “secret doctrine” of
“elect” Jews. That is to say, certain Jews who were deemed worthy
could comprehend hidden teachings in the written Torah and, through
mystical techniques, make direct contact with “God.” Among these
practices are rapid recitation of the “Holy Name of God” (YHVH, or
Tetragrammaton), meditation on the 11 Sephiroth of the Tree of Life
which are believed to be emanations of God, learning to use the 22
letters of the Hebrew alphabet as force-carrying energy patterns which
serve as the building blocks of the cosmos, and, finally, transcending the
space/time limitations of the physical world to realize one’s “inner
divinity.” This “secret doctrine” has been preserved throughout the ages
to the present time by a spiritual brotherhood who progress individually
to various stages of enlightenment and proficiency in the hidden wisdom
—from “elect” to “adepts” to “wise men” to “adepts in grace”:

       “Cabala... The specific term for the esoteric or mystic
       doctrine concerning God and the universe, asserted to
       have come down as a revelation to elect saints from a
       remote past, and preserved only by a privileged few. At
       first consisting only of empirical lore, it assumed, under
       the influence of Neoplatonic and Neopythagorean
       philosophy, a speculative character. In the geonic period it
       is connected with a Mishnah-like text-book, the ‘Sefer
       Yetzirah,’ and forms the object of the systematic study of
       the elect, called ‘mekubbalim’ or ‘ba’ale ha-Kabbalah’
       (possessors of, or adepts in, the Cabala). These receive
       afterward the name of ‘maskilim’ (the wise), after Dan.
       xii. 10; and because the Cabala is called (‘Hokmah
             nistarah’ = the hidden wisdom), the initials of which
             receive the meaning ‘adepts in grace’ (Eccl. ix. 11,
             Hebr.).” (Ibid.)

             SOURCE of excerpt

               "Kabbalism is a system of Jewish mysticism and
              magic and is the foundational element in modern
               witchcraft. Virtually all of the great witches and
             sorcerers of this century were Kabbalists." -William
                 J. Schnoebelen, The Dark Side of Freemasonry

          THE KABBALAH Refuted!

   "There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his
daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of
times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar
  spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an
                 abomination unto the Lord." -Deut. 18:10-12

We see over and over in the Old Testament that the Hebrew people fell from
obeying the Law and embraced witchcraft and sorcery, Baal worship and all
manner of idolatry. Throughout the Old Testament we encounter their
obedience, disobedience, repentance and constant struggle to remain faithful to
God and His Law. Their tenacity and desire to obey the Law cannot be disputed.
The question will be addressed whether the Jew's disobedient practices were,
and are still, taught in the oral traditions which evolved into the Talmud and
Kabbalah and which are referenced by various Hebrew Roots leaders.

                           Jewish Mysticism
The Kabbalah itself consists of a large body of speculation on the nature of
divinity, the creation, the origin and fate of the soul and also the role of human
beings. It generally is subdivided into four sections: meditative, devotional,
mystical and magical. It is for this reason that Kabbalah is regarded as an
esoteric offshoot of Judaism.

The gnosis of the Kabbalah is well recognized by Jewish scholars. From an article
cited in the Jewish Encyclopedia, we see the intimate relationship between
Gnosticism and the Cabala:

"...The Jewish Encyclopedia quotes the opinion that 'the central doctrine of
Gnosticism -a movement closely connected with Jewish mysticism-was nothing
else than the attempt to liberate the soul and unite it with God;' but as this was
apparently to be effected 'through the employment of mysteries, incantations,
names of angels,' etc… it will be seen how widely even this phase of Gnosticism
differs from Christianity and identifies itself with the magical Cabala of the
Jews. Indeed, the man generally recognized as the founder of Gnosticism, a Jew
commonly known as Simon Magus, was not only a Cabalist mystic, but avowedly a
magician… instituted a priesthood of the Mysteries and practiced occult arts and
exorcisms…" 1.

M. Matter states in Histoire du Gnosticisme, that Jewish scholars fully
understand that the secret oral traditions of the Cabala were previous to any
Christian Gnosticism.

"The Cabala is anterior to the Gnosis, an opinion which Christian writers little
understand, but which the erudites of Judaism profess with a legitimate

In Some Notes on Various Gnostic Sects and their Possible Influence in
Freemasonry, D.F. Ranking remarks that the secret oral tradition of the Cabalists
confirms them as being Gnostics.

"This claim to the possession of a secret oral tradition, whether known under the
name of [similar to yvwois only in Greek]…or of Cabala, confirms the conception
of the Gnostics as Cabalists and shows how far they had departed from Christian
teaching. For if only in this idea of 'one doctrine for the ignorant and another for
the initiated,' that Gnostics had restored the very system which Christianity had
come to destroy."3.

Author Nesta Webster concurs with M. Matter and other historians that
Gnosticism involved an attempt to Cabalize Christianity.

"... M. Matter is therefore right in saying that Gnosticism was not a defection
from Christianity, but a combination of systems into which a few Christian
elements were introduced. The result of Gnosticism was thus not to Christianize
the Cabala, but to cabalize Christianity by mingling its pure and simple
teaching with theosophy and even magic." 4.

Jacob Prasch of Moriel, however, does not recognize Jewish mysticism as

"People began reinterpreting the Bible, not using the Jewish method of midrash,
but using Greek methods. Typology and allegory. Midrash uses typology and
allegory-symbols-in order to illustrate and illumine doctrine…"

"The symbolism illustrates the doctrine, which is itself stated plainly elsewhere
in Scripture…In the Gnostic world of Greek thinking, the opposite happens.
Gnostics claim to have received a subjective, mystical insight-called a gnosis-into
the symbols. They then reinterpret the plain meaning of the text in light of the
gnosis. For Gnostics, symbolism is the basis for their doctrine, contrary to the
ancient Jewish methods…" 5.

In The Sacred Books of the Jews, Harry Gersh certifies the early origins of Jewish

"Jewish mysticism began in Biblical days, long before the term Kabbalah was
invented. By the first century it had become a proper subject for scholarly study.
Philo Judaeus speculated on the Platonic idea of emanations as intermediaries
between God and the physical world. The Roman philosopher Plotinus (205-270)
traveled in the East and returned to combine Indian, Persian, Greek, and Jewish
mystic theories into a systematic structure of these emanations." 6.

"…H. Loewe, in an article on the Kabbala in Hastings' Encyclopœdia of Religion
and Ethics, says: 'This secret mysticism was no late growth. …we can be fairly
certain that its roots stretch back very far and that the mediæval and Geonic
Kabbala was the culmination and not the inception of Jewish esoteric mysticism.
…'" 7.

The Kabbalah derives from ancient wisdom, such as Jacob Prasch mentioned

"As the Kabbalah evolved, it came to share certain ideas with other ancient
mystical systems, including those of the Gnostics and Pythagoreans. The
Kabbalah did not restrict itself solely to instruction on the apprehension of God
but included teachings on cosmology, angelology, and magic." 8

Despite God's many warnings, the Jews incorporated paganism into their

"… In spite of the imprecations against sorcery contained in the law of Moses, the
Jews, disregarding these warnings, caught the contagion and mingled the sacred
tradition they had inherited with magical ideas partly borrowed from other races
and partly of their own devising. At the same time the speculative side of the
Jewish Cabala borrowed from the philosophy of the Persian Magi, of the Neo-
Platonists, and of the Neo-Pythagorean. There is, then, some justification for the
anti-cabalists contention that what we know today as the Cabala is not of purely
Jewish origin." 9.

Harry Gersh shows the migration of the Middle Eastern Kabbalists throughout

"From Babylonia and Palestine, Jewish mysticism moved into the Jewish
communities of Europe and blossomed there. Every community produced its own
mystic literature, mystic belief, and mystic practices. There were distinctive
Spanish, French, Italian, and German Kabbalahs. Some were mainly 'practical',
dealing in magic; others were mainly 'speculative', emphasizing philosophical
explanations; many combined practical and speculative Kabbalah in equal parts."

                         History of Kabbalah
Colin Low's Kabbalah FAQ indicates that the origins of Kabbalah date from
remote antiquity.

"…Kabbalah is a mystical and magical tradition which originated nearly two
thousand years ago and has been practiced continuously during that time. It has
been practiced by Jew and non- Jew alike for about five hundred years. On the
Jewish side it has been an integral and influential part of Judaism. On the
Hermetic side it has created a rich mystical and magical tradition with its own
validity, a tradition which has survived despite the prejudice generated through
existing within a strongly Christian culture." 11.

Michael Sidlofsky of Toronto, writing on "Kabbalah and Jewish Renewal" states
that Kabbalah...

"…is the most commonly-used term for the Jewish mystical tradition, especially
the kind which originated in twelfth-century France and spread through Europe,
the Middle East and eventually world-wide, to this day. The two main varieties of
pre-kabbalistic Jewish mysticism are called Maaseh Merkavah and Maaseh
Bereshit (more on these below), and the particular variety emerging in
eighteenth-century Eastern Europe and continuing among Ashkenazic Jews until
today is called Hasidism." 12.
Most scholars concur that these secret oral traditions were first committed to
writing around the thirteenth century. Dr. Christian Ginsburg states in "The

"…The first date at which the Zohar is definitely known to have appeared is the
end of the thirteenth century when it was committed to writing by a Spanish
Jew, Moses de Leon…." 13.

Renaissance scholar Pico della Mirandola - a Gnostic, Hermeticist and Cabalist -
was described by Vicomte Léon de Poncins’ in Judaism and the Vatican as a
hebraiser of Christians:

"Pico de Mirandola, who died in Florence, Italy in 1494, was a hebraiser who
devoted himself to studying the Cabbala under the direction of Jewish masters
such as Jehuda Abravanel:

"It was in the princely house of Pico de Mirandola that the Jewish scholars used
to meet….The discovery of the Jewish Cabbala, which he imparted to various
enlightened Christians contributed far more than the return to Greek sources to
the extraordinary spiritual blossoming which is known as the Renaissance. About
half a century later, the rehabilitation of the Talmud was to lead to the
Reformation….Pico de Mirandola had understood that the indispensable
purification of Christian dogma could only be effected after a profound study of
the authentic Jewish Cabbala." 14.

James Webb, author of The Occult Underground, wrote that Pico della
Mirandola, a student of Marsillo Ficino, founder of the neo-Platonic Academy of
Florence, "...conceived of Hermes and Plato as aids to persuading those to
religion who would not accept Scripture alone."

"This reasoning appears eventually to have been endorsed by the Church in the
case of Pico, who joined to his Hermetism a 'Christian Cabala,' and concocted a
universal system in which Cabalistic ideas played a considerable part. Although
condemned by a tribunal, Pico's synthesis was rehabilitated in 1493 by Alexander
VI, whose recognition of the Cabalist as a loyal son of the Church seemed to give
some authority to Pico's position. It should be remembered in this context that
Sixtus IV (Pope, 1471-84) had himself translated seventy Cabalistic books into
Latin, and that the concept of the 'Christian Cabala' was not peculiar to Italian
thought. Reuchlin, the foremost Orientalist of the time, and the author of the
first Hebrew grammar, came nearest to success in the attempt to transform the
Cabala into Christian philosophy - although his pupil Widmanstadt considered the
Jewish tradition as 'a Trojan horse introduced into the Church'. But the
Hermeticists and Cabalists of the Renaissance were always maintaining their
orthodoxy." 15.
Drach's "De l'Harmonie entre l'Eglise et la Synagogue II," confirms that Pico della
Mirandola received instruction in the Kabbala. Pico de Mirandola imagined that it
held the doctrines of Christianity and therefore encouraged Pope Sixtus IV to
order Latin translations for divinity students. 16.

A reference from the Jewish Encyclopœdia's articles on Cabala and Reuchlin,
shows the history of the influx of Cabalism into Catholicism and Christianity.

"At the same time the Cabala was introduced into Germany by Reuchlin, who had
learnt Hebrew from the Rabbi Jacob b. Jechiel Loans, court physician to
Frederick III, and in 1494 published a Cabalistic treatise De Verbo Mirifico,
showing that all wisdom and true philosophy are derived from the Hebrews.
Considerable alarm appears, however, to have been created by the spread of
Rabbinical literature, and in 1509 a Jew converted to Christianity, named
Pfefferkorn, persuaded the Emperor Maximilian I to burn all Jewish books except
the Old Testament. Reuchlin, consulted on this matter, advised only the
destruction of the Toledot Yeshu and of the Sepher Nizzachon by the Rabbi
Lipmann, because these works 'were full of blasphemies against Christ and
against the Christian religion,' but urged the preservation of the rest. In this
defence of Jewish literature he was supported by the Duke of Bavaria, who
appointed him professor at Ingoldstadt, but was strongly condemned by the
Dominicans of Cologne. In reply to their attacks Reuchlin launched his defence
De Arte Cabalistica, glorifying the Cabala, of which the "central doctrine for
him was the Messianology around which all its other doctrines grouped
themselves.1." 17.

"His whole philosophical system, as he himself admitted, was in fact entirely
Cabalistic, and his views were shared by his contemporary Cornelius Agrippa of
Nettesheim. As a result of these teachings a craze for Cabalism spread amongst
Christian prelates, statesmen, and warriors, and a number of Christian thinkers
took up the doctrines of the Cabala and 'essayed to work them over in their own
way.' Athanasius Kircher and Knorr, Baron von Rosenroth, author of the
Kabbala Denudata, in the course of the seventeenth century 'endeavoured to
spread the Cabala among the Christians by translating Cabalistic works which
they regarded as most ancient wisdom.' 'Most of them,' the Jewish
Encyclopœdia goes on to observe derisively, 'held the absurd idea that the
Cabala contained proofs of the truth of Christianity…. Much that appears
Christian [in the Cabala ] is, in fact, nothing but the logical development of
certain ancient esoteric doctrines.2'" 18.

S.L. McGregor Mathers', Introduction to the Kabbalah Unveiled is actually
Mathers' English translation of Baron von Rosenroth's Kabbala Denudata,
mentioned above. This book was used to propagate the absurdity, as stated in
the Jewish Encyclopœdia, of a Christian Cabala. Note the assertion that the
Qabalah is the basis of Judaism.
"…At the present time a powerful wave of occult thought is spreading through
society; thinking men are beginning to awake to the fact that "there are more
things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in their philosophy;" and, last
but not least, it is now felt that the Bible, which has been probably more
misconstrued than any other book ever written, contains numberless obscure and
mysterious passages which are utterly unintelligible without some key wherewith
to unlock their meaning. THAT KEY IS GIVEN IN THE QABALAH. Therefore this
work should be of interest to every biblical and theological student."

"Let every Christian ask himself this question: "How can I think to understand the
Old Testament if I be ignorant of the construction put upon it by that nation
whose sacred book it formed; and if I know not the meaning of the Old
Testament, how can I expect to understand the New?"

"Were the real and sublime philosophy of the Bible better known, there would be
fewer fanatics and sectarians. And who can calculate the vastness of the harm
done to impressionable and excitable persons by the bigoted enthusiasts who
ever and anon come forward as teachers of the people? How many suicides are
the result of religious mania and depression! What farragos of sacrilegious
nonsense have not been promulgated as the true meanings of the hooks of the
Prophets and the Apocalypse! Given a translation of the sacred Hebrew Book, in
many instances incorrect, as the foundation, an inflamed and an ill-balanced
mind as the worker thereon, what sort of edifice can be expected as the result?"

"I say fearlessly to the fanatics and bigots of the present day: You have cast
down the Sublime and Infinite One from His throne, and in His stead have placed
the demon of unbalanced force; you have substituted a deity of disorder and of
jealousy for a God of order and of love; you have perverted the teachings of the
crucified One. Therefore at this present time an English translation of the
Qabalah is almost a necessity, for the Zohar has never before been translated
into the language of this country, nor, as far as I am aware, into any modern
European vernacular." 19.

Perusing further we see the presentation of a Trinity, alongside other "Christian"
statements but it is clearly not Christian in content. The way to heaven is
described through the use of Gematria.

"Thus the Qabalah is called ChKMh NSThRH, Chokhmah Nesthorah, 'the secret
wisdom;' and if we take the initials of these two words Ch and N, we form by the
second kind of Notariqon the word ChN, Chen, 'grace.' Similarly, from the initials
and finals of the words MI IOLH LNV HShMIMH, Mi Iaulah Leno Ha-Shamayimah,
'Who shall go up for us to heaven?' (Deut. xxx. 12), are formed MILH, Milah
'circumcision,' and IHVH, the Tetragrammaton, implying that God hath ordained
circumcision as the way to heaven." 20.
Gematria is based on the relative numerical values of words. Words of similar
numerical values are considered to be explanatory of each other. In other words,
it is lettered numerology which explains that circumcision is the way to heaven.

However, Galatians 5:2-6 states: "Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be
circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that
is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no
effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from
grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For
in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but
faith which worketh by love."

                        Influence of Kabbalah
Mysticism is met with varied reactions within the Jewish community.

"…Like most subjects of Jewish belief, the area of mysticism is wide open to
personal interpretation. Some traditional Jews take mysticism very seriously.
Mysticism is an integral part of Chasidic Judaism, for example, and passages from
kabbalistic sources are routinely included in traditional prayerbooks." 21.

"Other traditional Jews take mysticism with a grain of salt. One prominent
Orthodox Jew, when introducing a speaker on the subject of Jewish mysticism,
said basically 'it's nonsense, but it's Jewish nonsense, and the study of anything
Jewish, even nonsense, is worthwhile.'" 22.

Jewish historian Graetz claimed that the Cabala is at variance with Orthodox
Judaism. Other anti-Cabalists such as Theodore Reinach declare that the Cabala

"…a subtle poison which enters into the veins of Judaism and wholly infests it.;
Salomon Reinach calls it 'one of the worst aberrations of the human mind.'" 23.

Michael Sidlofsky in "Kabbalah-A Brief History" shows that the Kabbalah has
fluctuated in its popularity among Jews.

"The history of Jewish mysticism has taken some dramatic turns, from elite,
secretive club to mass movement to object of scorn and back and forth. Right
now the Kabbalah seems to be enjoying unprecedented popularity. Will it
become, either in its Orthodox or Jewish Renewal forms, the Judaism of the
future? It is premature to say so, but one thing seems clear: given the trend
towards easier and faster mass communication and the increasing hunger for
genuine spirituality, Jewish mysticism as a widespread phenomenon is here to
stay this time." 24.

Kabbalah is also making a huge influx into North America. Michael Sidlofsky
maintains the interest in mysticism has risen dramatically.

"…A more traditional American Orthodox rabbi, Aryeh Kaplan, spent the
seventies and early eighties reconstructing the forgotten Jewish meditative
tradition by researching long-neglected Kabbalistic texts, many only extant in
manuscript. He boldly disregarded the centuries-old rabbinic ban on the
dissemination of kabbalistic practices among those under forty and unschooled in
Bible and Talmud--a result of the Shabbetai Tzvi tragedy--by teaching Jewish
meditation classes and publishing practical manuals and source readers on the
subject. Thanks largely to Kaplan's efforts, many Orthodox rabbis and lay people
have taught and written about Kabbalah, recognizing its appeal to non-practicing
Jews searching for spiritual guidance." 25.

Israeli journalist, Hannah Newman, wrote "Masters of the Blinding Light" to warn
fellow Jews of the infiltration of New Age mysticism, via Kabbalah, into Judaism.
The door-to-door sale of the Zohar throughout Israel may result in the
replacement of the Torah with Kabbalah.

"In a similar development on the mystical side of Judaism, New Age spokesmen
applaud orthodox Jewish teachers for recently releasing Kabbalah from the
restricted access imposed on it by past generations of Jewish sages, making its
teachings available to all, and even encouraging free exploration without
rabbinic supervision. In Israel the Zohar (a major Kabbalistic work) is even being
sold door-to-door. [This is strictly forbidden under the 'old order' of Judaism, but
New Agers are not concerned with proper understanding of the teaching, since
Kabbalah is simply one path to their goal of getting as many people as possible,
as quickly as possible, into 'contact with the spirit realm']. These teachers are
being hailed as 'co-conspirators' who are furthering the NA Plan. [not stated
whether deliberately or unknowingly, but the results will be the same.] From the
NA standpoint, however, the value of Jewish Kabbalah lies only in its teachings
which overlap "the other ancient occult doctrines", specifically: reincarnation;
traffic with angels, demons and departed human spirits; 'monism' (light and
darkness, good and evil, are all sides of G-d); attributing 'secret messages' or
'hidden meanings' to words or statements which mean something else at face
value; self-induced trances, resulting in visions or 'astral' (out-of-body) travels;
and harnessing of superhuman powers by pronouncing sacred names. [It is
noteworthy that none of these can be supported by a clear (pashat or darash)
Torah passage, while some are expressly forbidden; yet they are arguably the
best-known elements of Kabbalah today. The fact that they are accepted by so
many Torah Jews in spite of their dubious relevance to Torah, only supports the
claims of the NA missionaries.] The NA goal is to promote a Kabbalah in the
Jewish community which goes through successive 'transformations' until it is
finally severed from all links with the Torah, thus 'recovering' its 'purity'." 26.

As Jesus said to the Pharisees: "Your traditions have made the Word of God of
none effect"

H. Loewe's article on "The Kabbalah" in Hastings' Encyclopedia of Religion and
Ethics declares its impact on modern Judaism:

"[Kabbalism] has contributed to the formation of modern Judaism, for, without
the influence of the Kabbala, Judaism today might have been one-sided, lacking
in warmth and imagination. Indeed, so deeply has it penetrated into the body of
the faith that many ideas and prayers are now immovably rooted in the general
body of orthodox doctrine and practice. This element has not only become
incorporated, but it has fixed its hold on the affections of the Jews and cannot
be eradicated." 27.

                            What is Kabbalah?
  "The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are
  revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the
                         words of this law." Deut. 29:29

According to "The Kabbalah Unveiled" website, the Kabbalah is esoteric doctrine.

"The Qabalah may be defined as being the esoteric Jewish doctrine. It is called in
Hebrew QBLH, Qabalah, which is derived from the root QBL, Qibel, meaning 'to
receive'. This appellation refers to the custom of handing down the esoteric
tradition by oral transmission, and is nearly allied to 'tradition'." 28.

Another website, "Kabbalah: The Misunderstood Doctrine," discloses that the
Talmud alludes to a secret wisdom for an elect group of students.

"The Talmud contains vague hints of a mystical school of thought that was taught
only to the most advanced students and was not committed to writing…" 29.

It was Pico della Mirandola's thesis that the secret oral tradition of the Rabbinic
sages were no less divinely inspired than the Law given to Moses. Mirandola
states that because they were not written they were passed through a 'regular
succession of revelations.'

"In exactly the same way, when the true interpretation of the Law according to
the command of God, divinely handed down to Moses, was revealed, it was
called the Kabbalah, a word which is the same among the Hebrews as `reception'
among ourselves; for this reason, of course, that one man from another, by a
sort of hereditary right, received that doctrine not through written records but
through a regular succession of revelations....In these books principally resides,…
the spring of understanding, that is, the ineffable theology of the
supersubstantial deity; the fountain of wisdom, that is, the exact metaphysic of
the intellectual and angelic forms; and the stream of knowledge, that is, the
most steadfast philosophy of natural things." 30.

Gerry Rose, author of The Venetian Takeover of England and Its Creation of
Freemasonry presents the fallacy that this Ancient Wisdom was passed down
from Moses to the elite disciples and that only the initiated could understand

"According to tradition '...the Kabbalah was the fount of ancient wisdom that
Moses passed down to elite disciples, an esoteric doctrine that only an elect can
interpret.'" 31.

"The Authenticity of Kabbalah" ascribes to the Kabbalah the secrets of life which
are supposedly hidden in the Torah.

"'The Kabbalah' uncovers many of the infinite layers of the secrets of life, of
Creation, of the soul, of the heavenly spheres. It penetrates beyond the
garments and the body of the Torah. It is the very core and soul of Torah, the
ultimate revelation of Divinity - exposing the inner meaning, effects and purpose
of Torah and mitzvot. The illumination emanating from the Kabbalah ignites the
soul of man, setting it on fire in the awareness of a deeper and higher reality. Its
study and insights are themselves mystical experiences. The Kabbalah is all this -
but always and exclusively within the context of Torah." 32.

Moses warned Israel in Deuteronomy 4:2:

"Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish
ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I
command you."

                             Oral Traditions
The term "Qabalah," in Hebrew signifies "reception", or "a doctrine orally
received" in which the "speculative, philosophical and theosophical doctrines of
Israel are to be found." These doctrines were originally contained in two books,
the Sepher Yetzirah and the Zohar". 33.
The first Book, the Sepher Yetzirah is believed to be contemplations of Abraham.
This contradicts the view that the oral traditions were taught by God to angels
and then transmitted to Adam.

"…The Sepher Yetzirah, or Book of Creation, is [believed to be]… 'a monologue on
the part of Abraham in which, by the contemplation of all that is around him, he
ultimately arrives at the conclusion of the unity of God'…" 34.

The second and main work of the Kabbalah is called the "Zohar." From Adolphe
Franck and other sources, including Zohar treatises, we see slightly different
renditions as to how the Zohar was conceived.

"… The immense compilation known as the Sepher-Ha-Zohar, or Book of Light,
is… of greater importance to the study of Cabalistic philosophy. According to the
Zohar itself, the 'Mysteries of Wisdom' where imparted to Adam by God whilst he
was still in the Garden of Eden, in the book delivered by the angel Razael. From
Adam the book passed to Seth ...Enoch ...Noah... Abraham, and later to Moses,
one of its principal exponents.4. Other Jewish writers declare… that Moses
received it…first time on Mount Sinai…to the Seventy Elders… to David and
Solomon… Ezra… Nehemiah and finally to the Rabbis of the early Christian era.5"

The Jewish authority on mysticism, Adolphe Franck, and author Drach, relate
from Talmud treatises the strange manner in which the secret oral teachings of
the Zohar were developed and put into writing.

"…the Zohar had remained a purely oral tradition… written down by the disciples
of Simon ben Jochai. The Talmud relates that for twelve years the Rabbi Simon
and his son Eliezer concealed themselves in a cavern, where sitting in the sand
up to their necks, they meditated on the sacred law and were frequently visited
by the prophet Elias.6. In this way, Jewish legend adds, the great book of the
Zohar was composed and committed to writing by the Rabbi's son Eliezer and his
secretary the Rabbi Abba.7" 36.

According to the Introduction to The Kabbalah Unveiled by McGregor Mathers,
who co-founded the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, in 1888 this secret oral
tradition of the sages was believed to have been taught by God to angels, who
then taught it to fallen humans. Abraham is viewed as a mystic who taught the
Egyptians some of their occult doctrine.

"The Qabalah was first taught by God himself to a select company of angels, who
formed a theosophic school in Paradise. After the Fall the angels most graciously
communicated this heavenly doctrine to the disobedient children of earth, to
furnish the protoplasts with the means of returning to their pristine nobility and
"From Adam it passed over to Noah, and then to Abraham, the friend of God,
who emigrated with it to Egypt, where the patriarch allowed a portion of this
mysterious doctrine to ooze out. It was in this way that the Egyptians obtained
some knowledge of it, and the other Eastern nations could introduce it into their
philosophical systems. Moses, who was learned in all the wisdom of Egypt, was
first initiated into the Qabalah in the land of his birth, but became most
proficient in it during his wanderings in the wilderness, when he not only
devoted to it the leisure hours of the whole forty years, but received lessons in it
from one of the angels. By the aid of this mysterious science the law-giver was
enabled to solve the difficulties which arose during his management of the
Israelites, in spite of the pilgrimages, wars, and frequent miseries of the nation.
He covertly laid down the principles of this secret doctrine in the first four books
of the Pentateuch, but withheld them from Deuteronomy. Moses also initiated
the seventy elders into the secrets of this doctrine, and they again transmitted
them from hand to hand." 37.

             Speculative and Practical Kabbalah
Until his death in 1982, Gershom Scholem was a renowned professor of Jewish
mysticism at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and was considered the pioneer
of the modern study of Jewish mysticism. His many writings explain these
concepts in the Talmud, Zohar and the Kabbalah.

In "Zohar, the Book of Splendor: Basic Readings from the Kabbalah", Scholem
describes the importance and authority of the Zohar to Judaism.

"The book of Zohar, the most important literary work of the Kabbalah, lies
before us in some measure inaccessible and silent, as befits a work of secret
wisdom…To have determined the formation and development over a long period
of time of the religious convictions of the widest circles in Judaism, and
particularly of those most sensitive to religion, and, what is more, to have
succeeded in establishing itself for three centuries, from about 1500 to 1800,
as a source of doctrine and revelation equal in authority to the Bible and
Talmud, and of the same canonical rank---this is a prerogative that can be
claimed by no other work of Jewish literature." 38.

Gershom Scholem explained the contents of the Zohar, and its various
components, including "the Midrash ha-Neelam (The Secret Midrash) and Sitre
Torah (Secrets of the Torah), which is a large number of Pentateuch portions…"
39. According to Scholem, the latter is a deeply mystical treatment of the Torah:

"The Secret Midrash…avoids genuinely mystical and theosophical trains of
thought…The Secrets of the Torah, on the other hand, which in the main was
composed without the use of Midrash form or the addition of names, represents
the transition from philosphical-eschatological allegory to genuinely mystical
exegesis. The Idra Rabba (The Great Assembly) describes, … the mystical 'figure'
of the Deity in the symbol of the Primal Man…" 40.

Scholem expounds the belief that the Zohar, composed of contradictions and
folk-tales, is the anonymous work of centuries, "like the Bible" --

".. the Zohar has been regarded…as a work without unity…in which the most
varied and often contradictory forces of the kabbalistic movement found
expression…Moses de Leon was…regarded as the redactor of ancient writings and
fragments…The theory that 'primitive' sources and documents have been
preserved in the revised form is today widespread. Thus the Zohar…
would really be, even in its external beginnings, a deposit of the creative folk-
spirit and, like the Bible and Talmud, the anonymous work of centuries…" 41.

We assert that the Bible, unlike the secret oral traditions and teachings, is
neither an anonymous work nor is it comprised of contradictions, myths, or

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; That the man of God
may be throughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Tim. 3:16

"Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments
endureth forever." Psalm 119:160

"Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.
Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar."
Prov. 30:5-6

Gershom Scholem states that the "Secret Midrash" writings of the Zohar were in
all probability the earliest part of the work. His profile of the Jewish mystic who
authored the Kabbalah begins with his education in the Talmud:

"Behind the whole stands the living personality of a mystic who, starting with
philosphical and talmudic education of his time, lets himself be ever more
deeply drawn to the mystical and gnostic ideas of the Kabbalah, and finally gives
up his philisophical interests altogether, developing instead a truly astonishing
genius for mystical homiletics…such is the author of these most important parts
of the Zohar--no redactor or collector but a homiletic genius. It was Kabbalah, as
it had developed before his time, and having become his spiritual home, which
he, with unexpected and impressive power, constructed from out of the text of
Scripture and the ancient haggadic motifs of the Midrash…" 42.
             Out of the Abundance of the Heart
"Ancient haggadic motifs of the Midrash" constructed out of the text of Scripture
also comprise an esoteric volume titled, Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis by
Robert Graves and Robert Patai. Robert Graves also wrote The White Goddess
and I, Claudius. The White Goddess is frequently studied by those involved in the
occult and witchcraft. Robert Patai also wrote many books and was Director of
Research of the Theodor Herzl Institute in New York and also Director of the
Palestine Institute of Folklore and Ethnology. Hebrew Myths states that he was a
Biblical scholar.

In a private correspondence, this writer received the following description of the
book's thesis that Genesis was a collection of haggadic myths:

"…The premise of the book seems to be that the Bible is a book of myths, very
much like the Greek myths. And the authors attempt to show how Hebrew myths
and Greek myths are related. In the course of writing about the book of Genesis
they quote extensively from writings such as the Talmud, The Gospel of Saint
Thomas, Midrash, apocryphal books, pagan myths, the Kabbala and various
kabbalistic works, The Book of the Dead, Cave of Treasures, Sepher, Enuma
Elish, Sephir Hadar Zeqenim (midrashic explanations to the Bible), Imre Noam,
the Koran, Mishna, Massekhet Soferim, Megilla, Mekhilta, Midrash Alphabetot
attributed to Rabbi Akiba (second century A.D.) but actually compiled much
later, lots of sephers including "Sepher Raziel, a kabbalistic work on the secrets
of Heaven, creation, angels, amulets, etc", Sode Raza "a Kabbalistic work by
Eleazar ben Judah of Worms,, Targum this and that, the Zohar which the
authors say is the 'Bible of the Kabbalists, written by the Spanish Kabbalist
Moses de Leon, in Aramaic, during the thirteenth century. It is a commentary on
the Bible, pseudepigraphically attributed to Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai, the famous
Mishna-teacher. First printed at Mantua, 1558-60, in three volumes.' and other
Zohars…." 43.

The authors of Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis also suggest that there are
missing sacred documents which contain a more accurate record of creation than

"The book's authors write that 'All pre-Biblical sacred documents in Hebrew have
been either lost or purposely suppressed...Post-Biblical sacred documents are
abundant. In the thousand years after the Bible was first canonised, the Jews of
Europe, Asia and Africa wrote prolifically. Theirs were either attempts to clarify
the Mosaic Law; or historical, moralistic, anecdotal and homiletic comments on
Biblical passages.... although the canonical books were regarded as written by
divine inspiration and the least taint of polytheism had therefore to be exorcised
from them, the apocryphal books were treated more leniently. Many suppressed
myths were also allowed to re-emerge in the unquestionably orthodox
context of the post-Biblical midrashim.... Lilith, Eve's predecessor, has been
wholly exorcised from Scripture, though she is remembered by Isaiah as
inhabiting desolate ruins [but not in the King James Version, only in some
modern versions]. She seems, from midrashic accounts of her sexual promiscuity,
to have been a fertility goddess..."

"So, it seems that these two authors have used these Kabbalistic writings to
make their case that the Bible is a book of myths and in quoting from these
writings they reveal to the reader just how low-down and wicked the writers of
the Kabbala and the Midrashim, etc. were. And so I wonder how anyone who has
read this awful stuff would want to urge others to read it and give it
respectablitiy." 44.

In "An Explanation of Midrash", Jacob Prasch states: "A classical work of Midrash
in Judaism is the Midrash Rabba on Genesis (Berashith). Another is Lamentations
Rabba". Prasch also upholds the Talmud as authoritative for understanding the
Bible, i.e. "The Talmud tells us there are multiple interpretations" and "It takes
the wisdom of the ancients to really understand these things...not the wisdom of
the 16th century, but the wisdom of the first century." 45.

In another article, Mr. Prasch states that the Midrash of the Jewish sages at the
time of the second temple period is wisdom Christians can turn to with full
confidence since these sages never deny the authenticity of the Biblical

"We have, along this line, advocated that Christians familiarize themselves with
the works of those who have understood this from Alfred Edersheim to Arnold
Fruchtenbaum. We have also tried to re-acquaint the church with the lost art of
Jewish hermeneutics in terms of New Testament uses of Midrash, and the
illustrative Hebraic models of typology and allegory … What is perhaps most
absurd is the fact that contrary to both New Testament Christianity and
Orthodox Judaism… In the Judaic midrashim we similarly never see a denial of
the historical authenticity of biblical accounts.

"…any early examples of Judaic Midrash... It is these early examples of rabbinic
midrashic writings that are closest in time frame to the authorship date of
the New Testament. Having looked at New Testament narrative from a
Midrashic perspective for years and read every major Christian scholar who
addressed the subject …" 46.

Are we to understand that Mr. Prasch is referring to the same Genesis Midrash
and Talmud referenced by Graves and Patai's Hebrew Myths: The Book of
Genesis? Our correspondent continues to be amazed that the teachers of the
Hebrew Roots of Christianity would promote such works:
"What I find interesting is that the excerpts from these sources are so wicked.
The 'fleshing out of the Bible' that is done by these writings not only have many
variations but have the persons written about in the Bible doing very evil things
that we have never read about in the Bible. And God is written about as saying
and doing all sorts of things that are out of character and never written about in
the Bible. Very evil motives and actions are attributed to God in these writings. I
am not surprised that the authors of this book who obviously do not believe the
Bible is truthful would make their case using such writings, but I am perplexed
that many of the Hebrew Roots people who claim to be Christians would also be
using these wicked writings. 47.

Peter Michas informs us further that Jesus quoted the Midrashim and the Talmud,
apparently with approval:

"… The New Testament is in the pattern of the Jewish traditional work of
Torah, Mishnah, Haggadah, Halakah, Talmud and Midrash, but inspired by God
Himself for the common people. These Hebraic works as well as the Inspired
Scriptures were quoted from by Jesus and all the writers of the New
Testament. But even now, to have full comprehension, we must read the
scriptures in the proper Hebraic context…Most all of the Judaic writings have
been preserved for us and now translated into proper English directly from
the Hebrew…" 48.

Avi ben Moredechai also references the Oral law, separate and distinct from the
written Bible, as having been taught by Paul and Jesus:

"Rabbi (Haham) Sha’ul was a scholarly teacher of Torah, both of the Oral and
Written codes. Not only did he order his life by it, but he also taught it to others,
born Jews and born Gentiles alike. Since Sha’ul followed Messiah Y’shua, who
also taught the Oral and Written Torah, I submit (at this time in my life) that we
should be following in the footsteps of Judaism’s great teachers of G-d’s Law… I
also recognize that our Rabbi Y’shua also had His Gemara (discussion and
teaching) on the rabbinic Mishnah and the written code of Sinai. Thus, we are His
talmidim or students of His Oral Traditions which is the proper definition of the
term 'Gospel.' We are to follow His Mishnah and Gemara, i.e., His Talmud…
ancient scholars and sages were far more knowledgeable on the Oral Traditions
than we could ever hope to be." 49.

From Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis, Genesis Rabba and folios from the
Talmud and Midrash are cited excerpts regarding Adam's bestiality, the myth of
Lilith and other unscriptural teachings. (cf. Part IV)

Chapter 10

"(b) Some say that God created man a woman in His own image on the Sixth Day,
giving them charge over the world, [as in the Bible] but that Eve did not yet
exist. Now, God had set Adam to name every beast, bird and other living thing.
When they passed before him in pairs, male and female, Adam-- being already
like a twenty-year-old man-- felt jealous of their loves, and though he tried
coupling with each female in turn, found no satisfaction in the act. He therefore
cried: 'Every creature but I has a proper mate', and prayed God would remedy
this injustice. from Gen. Rab. 17-4; B. Yebamot 63a"

"(c) God then formed Lilith, the first woman, just as He had formed Adam,
except that He used filth and sediment instead of pure dust. From Adam's union
with this demoness, and with another like her named Naamah, Tubal Cain's
sister, sprang Asmodeus and innumerable demons that still plague mankind.
Many generations late, Lilith and Naamah came to Solomon's judgment seat,
disguised as harlots of Jerusalem. from Yalqut Reubeni ad. Gen. II 21: IV. 8

"Then Lilith deserts Adam because she didn't want to lie beneath him during sex
because she was his equal. Adam complained to God who sent angels after her.
They found her beside the Red Sea where she had been bearing demons (more
than 100 a day) The angels told her to return to Adam or they would drown her.
She argues with them and tells them that God has ordered her to strangle
babies . She also seduces dreaming men. Then God makes Adam another mate
but Adam is disgusted by the sight of her creation. God knew that he had failed
once more, and took First Eve away. (God failed?) God tried a third time, and
made her out of Adam's rib, braided her hair and adorned her with 24 pieces of
jewellery before waking Adam up. Adam approved. Gen Rab 161"

"Some say God created Eve from a tail ending in a sting which had been part of
Adam's body . God cut this off, and the stump-- now a useless coccyx-- is still
carried by men. Gen Rab 134 B. Erubin 18a "

"Others say that God's original thought had been to create two human beings,
male and female; but instead He designed a single one with a male face looking
forward, and a female face looking back. B. Erubin 18a"

"Still others hold that Adam was originally created as an androgyne of male and
female bodies joined back to back. This made walking difficult and conversation
awkward, so God divided the androgyne, and gave each half a new rear. These
separate beings He placed in Eden, forbidding them to couple. Gen Rab 55 Lev
Rab 14.1 and other sources" 50.

Are teachers of the Hebrew Roots of Christianity really saying that these writings
do not contradict the Word of God?

Well does Matthew 7:15-20 warn: "Beware of false prophets, which come to you
in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them
by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every
good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A
good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth
good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast
into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."

                             Kabbalah Initiation
     All Scripture Quotes From the King James Bible

1. Jewish Encyclopœdia, article on Cabala; as Cited in Nesta H. Webster, op.cit., p.29.
2. Matter, Histoire du Gnosticisme,I.44, (1844)a s Cited: Webster, Ibid. p.28.
3. D. F. Ranking; Some Notes on Various Gnostic Sects and their Possible Influence in
Freemasonry,republished from Ars Quatuor Coronatorum (Vol. XXIV, p. 202, 1911) in pamphlet
form, p.7.; as Cited Webster, Ibid. Pg. 32
4. Nesta H. Webster; op. cit. p. 29.
5. Jacob Prasch, Explaining the Midrash;
6. Harry Gersh "The Sacred Books of the Jews,"
7. Webster, op.cit., p.10
8. Ancient Wisdom and Secret Sects ;
9. Webster; op.cit., p.11
10. Harry Gersh, The Sacred Books of the Jews
11. Kabbalah Faq, Colin Low, 1996;
12. Michael Sidlofsky, Kabbalah-A Brief History;
13. Dr. Christian Ginsburg, The Kabbalah,pp.172,173; as Cited in Webster, Ibid., p. 9.
14. Joshua Jehuda, L’antisemitisme, Miroir du Monde ["Anti-Semitism, Mirror of the World"-p.
15. James Webb, The Occult Underground, Open Court Press, 1976, p. 221.
16. Drach (De l'Harmonie entre l'Eglise et la Synagogue,II.p.30) says that Picco della Mirando
paid a Jew 7000 ducats for the Cabalistic MSS. from which he drew his thesis.;
17. (1)-Jewish Encyclopœdia, articles on Cabala and Reuchlin;Webster,op.cit.p.86
18. (2)-Jewish Encyclopœdia.,article on Cabala; Webster,op.cit.p.86
19. Introduction To Kabbalah Unveiled By S.L. McGregor Mathers; ]
20. Introduction To Kabbalah Unveiled By S.L. McGregor Mathers; ]
21. Kabbalah: The Misunderstood Doctrine;
22. Ibid.
23. Vulliaud,p. 20, quoting Theodore Reinach, Historie des Israelites,p.221 and Salomon
Reinach, Orpheus, p. 299. As Cited in Webster, p.9]
24. Michael Sidlofsky, Kabbalah-A Brief History;
25. Michael Sidlofsky, Kabbalah-A Brief History;
26. Hannah Newman; "Masters of the Blinding Light,"
27. Hastings' Encyclopœdia of Religion and Ethics; article on the Kabbala by H. Loewe;
28. The Kabbalah Unveiled;
29. Kabbalah: The Misunderstood Doctrine;
30. Pico della Mirandola ;
31. Gerry Rose ,"The Venetian Takeover of England and Its Creation of Freemasonry"
32. "The Authenticity of Kabbalah";
33. Nesta H. Webster; p.7, Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, Omni Publications,
Eighth edition, 1964.
34. Ibid, p.7.
35. (4). Zohar, section Bereschith, folio 55 and section Lekh-Lekha, folio 76 (de Pauly's trans.,
Vol. I pp.431, 446; 5. Adolphe Franck, La Kabbale, p. 39; J.P. Stehelin, The Traditions of the
Jews, I. 145 (1748); as Cited in Webster, Ibid., p. 8.
36. (6). Adolphe Franck, op.cit.,p.68, quoting Talmud treatise Sabbath folio 34; Dr. Christian
Ginsburg, The Kabbalah, p. 85; Drach, De l' Harmonie entre l'Eglise et la Synagogue, I. 457; 7.
Adolphe Franck, op.cit., p. 69; as Cited in Webster, Ibid., p. 8.
37. McGregor Mathers, Introduction to The Kabbalah Unveiled
38. Gershom Scholem, Zohar, the Book of Splendor: Basic Readings from the Kabbalah, p. vii
39. Ibid., p. xi
40. Ibid., p. xii
41. Ibid., p. xiii
42. Ibid., p. xv-xvi
43. Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis by Robert Graves and Raphael Patai. 1964 Doubleday
and Co., Inc. It is copyrighted 1963; private email correspondence, Feb2, 199 re:Hebrew Myths
44. Ibid.
45. Jacob Prasch, Explaining the Midrash;
46. Jacob Prasch; Satans Seduction of the Hebrew Root Movement
47. Private email correspondence, Feb 2, 199 re:Hebrew Myths
48. Peter Michas, http://www.ez/com/~peterm/HB.GK.RF.HTML
49. Avi ben Mordechai, Halacha,
50. Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis, Robert Graves and Raphael Patai.; Ch10,p. 65;
Doubleday and Co., Inc. 1964 It is copyrighted 1963.


            Kabbalah's Dark Secrets
Special report: The terrible price paid by innocent Kabbalah Center

      Ynet News, Israel/November 9, 2005 | By Yifat Glick

Anat (not her real name) is currently staying at the closed ward of a psychiatric
hospital in Israel. For more than a week she has been lying in bed, suffering from
depression, and surviving by taking pills.

After six months at the Kabbalah Center, she had a mental breakdown.

"Anat is not feeling well these days," her mother says. "She apparently couldn't
withstand their pressure anymore…we hope she recovers."

Leah, a family friend, says Anat is weaker than ever these days. At first she
thought Kabbalah studies were good for her, but her parents quickly realized she
was drawing large sums of money from her account to buy Kabbalah books.

Those interviewed for this story wanted to use their real names, tell their
stories, and share their difficult feelings with the readers. They are particularly
interested in seeing the Kabbalah Center close its doors. However, some of them
still have family members at the center and are worried they would sever all ties
if real names are used.

Those who were members of the Center and left are ashamed. During the
interviews for this story, they revealed details they never shared before, even
with their parents or best friends.

So how did it happen? How did the center for Jewish mysticism become such a
global empire, with branches in the United States, Europe, and South America?
How does this apparatus work, the one that makes people complete give
themselves, both in body and soul – as well as financially – to the Kabbalah

Savings are gone

The global Kabbalah Center prides itself on being the largest organization in the
world for spreading Kabbalah studies. The organization has 50 branches
worldwide, including five in Israel. About 3.5 million people across the globe
attended courses at the Center in recent years.

A BBC investigative report earlier this year described the Center as a cult that
has mastered the art of bilking its members.
Leah, a woman in her 50s, is closely familiar with the Kabbalah Center on 14 Ben
Ami street in Tel Aviv. She herself attended several classes there and left years
ago. Not a day goes by where she does not lament the moment her twin sons
decided to join courses and were captivated by the mystical world opened to
them. Indeed, not a day goes by where she does not pray for the worst
nightmare of her life to end.

Leah says both her sons became "Kabbalah addicts". One of them requires close
psychiatric care to this day as fears that he may harm himself persist.

"Everything started six years ago, when my twins turned 21," Leah says. "One of
them decided to study at the Kabbalah Center. He took one course and then
another one, and another one. At first he was filled with energy."

"Until this time he was largely isolated socially. He didn't have that many friends
and was prone to depression…this was an outlet of hope for him, everyone loved
him there," she says.

"Gradually he began spending Saturdays and holidays with his friends there, and
had to pay for every meal, dozens of shekels," Leah says. "He detached himself
from the family and didn't want to tell us what was going on with him, and his
bank account was emptied out. He bought Kabbalah books for me, my husband,
and his brothers for thousands of shekels. I saw with my own eyes the receipts
with the irrational amounts and I couldn't believe it."

Leah's son eventually convinced his twin brother to join the Center as well, she
says. The two grew beards and would wash dishes at the center the whole day,
she adds.

"Their spiritual teachers convinced them to leave their jobs and invest the whole
of themselves in this center," she says.

Eating leftovers off the floor

Yaron (not his real name,) the brother who first became drawn to Kabbalah-
mania, received a tempting offer from his friends at the Center to join them.
The "followers" live in small, crowded communes in the center of the country.

"Later, because he was good, and apparently he worked there for 24 hours
without a break," said Leah, "they decided to send him to the major center in Los
Angeles. He was there for a year. At this point he also stopped answering calls
and cut off ties with the family. Suddenly, after months of no contact, I got a
call from him. He said: 'Mom, I can't stay here anymore, I'm coming back.'"
"When he got off the plane, I saw a burned out person, depressive, with an
unkempt beard in these rag-like clothes. He only had Kabbalah books in his
suitcase. I asked him, 'where are your cloths'? And he said that he donated them.
I didn't recognize him, he was so weak. I informed him that he was not returning
to the Center and I took him home with me."

It was difficult for Yaron to adjust to conditions outside the commune. "He really
went crazy. He would go out to the streets of Tel Aviv and sweep them, like a
street sweeper. He would dress up in nice clothes and go out to the street to
clean. Then there was a stage where he was filled with rage. He would have
outbursts and he started to be violent at home. He hit us."

The path to psychiatric treatment was short. "Only afterwards I realized that in
Los Angeles he cleaned the Kabbalah Center all day there, for 23 hours a day
without stopping, until something was disrupted in his brain." Leah says. He had
to do everything his older 'friends' told him. He could not refuse. At a certain
stage he began to eat other people's leftovers off the floor."

"When he opened up to me, he told me one day that the councilors at the Center
hit him frequently. Since then our lives have been wrecked. My second son is still
in the Center, despite seeing what happened to his brother. I don't know how to
get him out of there. It doesn't matter what I tell him, he is still trying to get as
much money out as he can, and to waste his life."

Note: Story first appeared in Israel's leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth


 "And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth
 know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened and ye
             shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. -Genesis 4:5

                    Tragedy of a Jewish Mystic
Last week, the Associated Press (8/31/99) reported the controversial fatal
shooting by New York police of a mentally disturbed Jewish man. It seems that
Gideon Busch had been "brandishing a hammer and threatening children while
singing loudly. . .
"At least five officers arrived and found Gideon Busch, 31, in the basement of his
house, wearing a prayer shawl and leather pouches used to hold pieces of
scripture, police said. The officers retreated onto the street and Busch followed
them, carrying the hammer, said Detective Robert Samuel. Tear gas failed to
subdue the man. One police sergeant stumbled to the ground and Busch struck
him several times with the hammer, officers said. After Busch ignored several
orders to drop the hammer, officers fired at least 12 shots, striking him in the
torso at least seven times, police said."

A few days later, a New York Times feature story described the mental
deterioration of the once bright and affable Jewish medical student who became
the tormented and psychotic Gideon Busch.

By Susan Sachs
The New York Times
September 2, 1999

      Ten years ago, at age 21 and with a promising medical career in front of
him, Gideon Busch learned he had an incurable kidney disease.
      It was that knowledge, his family and friends said, that capsized all the
plans he had for his life, driving him on a search for spiritual enlightenment in
Orthodox Judaism and sometimes sending him skidding into immobilizing
      Most of the time, he was a sweet-natured young man everyone called Gary,
who loved music and the quiet grace of celebrating the Jewish Sabbath with
friends. But Mr. Busch could also slide into a deeply troubled and disoriented
world or his own frenetic prayers, fears and symbols.
      The two sides -- often incompatible and impenetrable -- followed him to his
      The police officers who shot and killed him in Brooklyn on Monday evening
said Mr. Busch, tall and skinny at 6 feet 3 inches and 159 pounds, attacked them
with a hammer outside his tiny basement apartment in Borough Park. On that
hammer, Mr. Busch, 31, a deeply religious man who prayed so loudly the
neighbors complained, had carved the four Hebrew letters signifying the name of
      "In his good times, he was an outgoing fellow and would talk and sing
psalms around the Sabbath table," said Rabbi Yakov Saacks, the director of the
Chai Center in Dix Hills, N.Y., where Mr. Busch grew up in suburban comfort on
Long Island. "In his bad times, perhaps when he wasn't taking his medication, he
didn't look up from his prayer book or his food.
      "There were two different Gary Busches," the rabbi added. "I loved them
      As they prepared for his funeral today in Dix Hills, Mr. Busch's family said he
was a gentle, if distressed, young man who never hurt anyone.
      "He had a mental illness, no question about it," said his father, Norman
Busch, a retired dentist living in the Long Island town of Bay Shore. "But he was
not a violent person. He was never violent."
      But Mr. Busch was hospitalized involuntarily for psychiatric treatment three
times at a hospital on Long Island, where doctors said he had made threats to his
parents and evinced signs of paranoid schizophrenia. Two years ago, he entered
a residential program for the mentally ill in Borough Park but soon checked
himself out against the advice of doctors who said they did not believe he was
capable of living on his own.
      Still, his family said they did not recognize the man portrayed in published
reports since the shooting as behaving so erratically that his neighbors called the
police and as lunging with a hammer that the police said was inscribed with
Hebrew letters.
      "This is not what he was or who he is," his mother, Doris Busch Boskey, said,
weeping. "They've created a person to explain away or excuse what happened
and what they did."
      Mr. Busch was studying to be a doctor at Mount Sinai Medical School when
he discovered, when all the students tested their own urine sample as part of a
classroom exercise, that he suffered from an immune system problem. He was
given a diagnosis of IgA nephropathy, a disease that can lead to kidney failure.
      Until then, his relatives said, Mr. Busch showed no signs of mental
instability. But the diagnosis shook him deeply.
      Mr. Busch continued his studies, but in his third year of medical school, he
told his family he wanted to drop out. He read books on philosophy. He
immersed himself in his favorite classical music and jazz. He talked of finding a
spiritual path to well-being, of exploring the meaning of life. His own religion,
Judaism, called him and he moved to Israel.
      Mr. Busch spent much of the next seven years there, trying out different
trends and practices within the religion. He studied Hebrew and the Torah in a
conventional Orthodox yeshiva in Jerusalem. Drawn to the more mystical Hasidic
movement, he delved into the messianic Lubavitch sect.
      Eventually, his family said, he drifted to the city of Safad in northern Israel
to study at a school dedicated to the mystical teachings of Rabbi Nachman,
founder of the Breslover Hasidic sect who died in 1810.
      The school and its graduates, however, are not associated with the
mainstream Breslover sect, which has shunned them as a fringe group that has
gone too far in making a cult out of the rabbi's memory. The group is known in
Israel for spray-painting Rabbi Nachman's name on walls and bouncing up and
down as if in a trance, on street corners. Mr. Busch threw himself into the group,
worrying his relatives back home.
   "When you get involved in the inner circle of a fringe group, they are very
warm and welcoming," Rabbi Saacks said. "But they had a very narrow focus.
They were only reading Rabbi Nachman's books, only discussing his teachings,
only telling the message of their teacher -- which I'm not sure what it is -- and
not focusing on much else."
      Mr. Busch recently told family and friends that he had realized the group
was too extreme and assured them he was gravitating toward the more
mainstream Hasidic sect.
      But he seemed drawn, still, into his own sometimes inscrutable world of
extremes, where his absorbing passion for religion turned into a fervor that
seemed to amplify episodes of mental instability.
      "He bounced in and out of it," Rabbi Saacks said. "Last January, he said he
felt he was maybe too entrenched and saw that he had to pull back. I welcomed
that. And on August 8, the last time I spoke to him, he was back with 'Rebbe
Nachman said this and Rebbe Nachman said that' and this very insular approach
to life."
      What his family saw were periods of quiet, sometimes desperate
depression. His mother said Mr. Busch once kicked a hole in the wall of his room
in her house and became very agitated. "He kept saying, I can't believe I did
that. I love this house. I grew up in this house," Mrs. Boskey recalled. Shortly
after that, he became so depressed he was hospitalized, she said.
      About three weeks ago, Netanya Ullman ran into Mr. Busch on the subway
to Manhattan. They had met briefly when both were studying in Safad five years
ago, she said, and when they met again, there was an instant rapport.
      The couple decided to get married, she said, and spoke constantly of Mr.
Busch's interpretations of Rabbi Nachman's teachings.
      "Its all about talking to God out loud and going into nature and praying and
very intense meditation," Ms. Ullman said.
      When he meditated, he would play music very loudly, she said. Recently,
he took to dancing with the hammer, which he called his staff.
      "He put God's name on it to make it something that would bring holiness
into the world," Ms. Ullman said. "He'd go outside and dance with it and raise it
up and move slowly. He was like bringing down light from his staff."
      "It was for holy purposes," she added. "He wanted to bring people closer
and his way of doing that was this pushing toward the boundaries of what's
      Mr. Busch's behavior drew comments from his neighbors in the Orthodox
Jewish neighborhood where he moved last December in the apparent hope of
immersing himself in the close-knit religious culture.
      He did not seem to connect with his neighbors, who said after the shooting
that they regarded Mr. Busch as an oddball whose ecstatic dancing and music did
not fit in.
      Even so, his parents said that Mr. Busch seemed content with his new life.
He had taken a course in computer programming and was thinking of starting a
business designing Web pages.
      But there were disturbing signs.
      Two weeks ago, he stopped by his brother Glenn's law office. "He seemed
agitated, but O.K.," his brother said.
      Ms. Ullman said he stopped wearing his prescription eyeglasses. When the
police came on Monday night, she said, he might not have seen them as anything
more than blurry threatening figures. In the tiny basement apartment, the police
said they found strange scribblings on signs on the wall. One spelled out the
word "police," as "pointedly off-wing litigating intensely careful errand-
     On Monday evening, someone called 911 to report that a man at Mr. Busch's
address was menacing children in the neighborhood. When officers arrived to
question him, they said, he waved the hammer at them.
     His family and friends, outraged by the shooting, said they believe Mr.
Busch was frightened and panicked by the armed police officers. They said he
was a spiritual man who wished for nothing but peace.
     "He was happy with the path he had taken," his father, Dr. Busch said. "But
with mental disease, you do have periods of high emotion and periods of calm.
He was a loving wonderful person, but he was never violent."

The September 3 New York Times stated that Busch believed he was the

"Mr. Busch told doctors at a psychiatric hospital that he increasingly feared his
own impulses toward violence and repeatedly took cocaine and psychedelic
drugs, his medical records show. [Doctors, nurses and social workers] said that
when he was not taking his prescribed tranquilizers and antipsychotic drugs, Mr.
Busch was delusional, believed himself to be the messiah, and was capable of
doing harm to himself and others.

                              Drugs or Kabbalah?
Were drugs the catalyst which drove this tragic figure from a high level of mental
competence to insanity? It is common knowledge that psychedelic drugs such as
LSD are mind-altering. However, the chemist who discovered LSD recognized
early on its mystical qualities, as stated in Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD and the
Sixties Rebellion:

"[High Priest of LSD, Timothy] Leary also contacted Dr. Albert Hofmann, the
Sandoz chemist who had discovered LSD nearly thirty years earlier. They met for
the first time at a cafe in Lausanne. Hofmann told Leary about his informal
'wisdom school' centered around psychedelic sessions with leading European
intellectuals, including Ernst Junger, the German novelist and mystic. Leary
asked Hofmann about the dangers of LSD, and the elderly scientist insisted there
was no evidence of brain damage caused by the drug. The only dangers, he
maintained, were psychological and could be avoided by supportive conditions.
In the final analysis Dr. Hofmann affirmed the importance of LSD as an 'aid to
meditation aimed at the mystical experience of a deeper, comprehensive
reality.'" [Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD and the Sixties Rebellion, Martin A. Lee and Bruce Shlain,
Grove Press, 1985, p. 269]

Although the NY Times recounted Gideon Busch's involvement in the Lubavitch
and Breslover communities, there was no mention that these Hasidic sects would
have encouraged the study of Kabbalah or that occult initiation in the mysteries
of Kabbalah often leads to paranormal experiences similar to those produced by
LSD. The end result of a course of initiation is all too frequently demon
possession -- a condition the manifestations of which were exhibited by Gideon
Busch. The writings of Rabbi Nachman, founder of the Breslov sect, were
diligently studied by Gideon Busch. According to Breslov on the Internet, Rabbi
Nachman received his instruction in Jewish mysticism through the writings of
Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, author of the Sepher-Ha-Zohar, Book of Light, which is
the premier book of Kabbalah:

Breslov Chassidus was founded by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. Rabbi Nachman
was the great grandson of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, who led one of the
greatest spiritual revivals-renewals ever to occur among the Jewish people, two
hundred years ago.

Rabbi Nachman followed in the tradition of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, Rabbi
Isaac Luria and Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Rabbi Luria, known as the Arizal, lived
in the 16th century and was one of the greatest luminaries and expounders of
Jewish mystical and spiritual thought. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was the author
of the Zohar.

In performing the rituals of the Hasidim, what curious purpose was served by
Gideon Busch's hammer (which he called his staff) upon which he had engraved
the four letter name of God? Someone who was also educated by the
Lubavitchers, such as Peter Michas of Messengers of Messiah, would be well-
qualified to explain the significance of the staff engraved with the name of God.
According to Michas' book, The Rod of an Almond Tree in God's Master Plan, a
similar staff in the Old Testament was (1) a "divine rod" from the Tree of Life, (2)
possessed of miraculous powers, (3) preserved by the Patriarchs and (4) will one
day reappear to validate the true messiah. This rod had mystical powers because
God had engraved upon it his own "Ineffable Name":

". . .God gave Adam a branch from the Tree of Life, which was engraved with
the Ineffable Name of God (YHVH). Considering its source, it must have been of
supreme symbolic significance. . .Perhaps at some future time, a discovery will
be made to verify the history of this divine rod."(p. 119)

"According to rabbinical commentary and stories passed from generation to
generation, the rod transferred from Adam successively down the line to Enoch,
Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and David. According to the Midrash
Yelamdenu: the staff with which Jacob crossed the Jordan is identical with that
which Judah gave to his daughter-in-law, Tamar. . . (p. 120)

"According to one account: On Joseph's death the Egyptian nobles stole some of
his belongings, and, among them, Jethro appropriated the staff. Jethro planted
the staff in his garden, when its marvelous virtue was revealed by the fact that
nobody could withdraw it from the ground; even to touch it was fraught with
danger to life. This was because the Ineffable Name of God was engraved
upon it. When Moses entered Jethro's household he read the Name, and by
means of it was able to draw up the rod, for which service Zipporah, Jethro's
daughter, was given to him in marriage (emphasis added). (p. 121)

"What makes this account so remarkable is the reference to planting the rod
engraved with the Ineffable Name of God (YHVH). Considering the prior
reference to God's transplanting the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, it seems
of great consequence that a reference is made to planting a branch from this
same tree in another garden." (p. 122)

"According to the Midrash Yelamdenu, David carried the rod into battle against
Goliath. . .Undoubtedly, David's victory was proof of God's miraculous
intervention. The rod, engraved with the Ineffable Name, bore witness to the
authority which this miracle of redemption had been performed. . ." (p. 128)

Students of Scripture know that no such mystical branch from the Tree of Life in
the Garden of Eden is found in the Old Testament. Rather, based on mere
legends, Peter Michas has grossly exaggerated the importance and chronological
longevity of Aaron's rod, which Scripture only states (1) miraculously became a
serpent before the court of Pharaoh to swallow up the rods of the Egyptian
magicians, (2) later budded as proof of Aaron's authority, (3) was preserved for a
time in the Ark of the Covenant.

Another Tree of Life is very mystical, however, and central to the initiatory
process of Kabbalah. In this mystery religion, the initiate is taught that he will
ascend toward divinity (Primordial Man or Adam Kadmon) through gates or
ladders of wisdom called sephiroth on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. The sephiroth
are comprised of the four letters of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH), which are
supposedly vessels through which illumination is spread to the world. According
to Professor of Jewish Mysticism and prominent expositor of Kabbalah, Daniel C.
Matt, the Light of the sephiroth is believed to be Ein Sof or "God as Infinity". The
sum of all ten sephiroth is called YHWH.

"The Light of the sefirot emanates and radiates from above to below in a direct
path. . .While there are many unerasable names -- the ten divine names of the
sefirot -- there exists one name that comprises all ten sefirot. This is the four-
letter name: YHVH. Y symbolizes Hokhmah; H, Binah; V includes six sefirot; the
final H. Malkhut. Ein Sof is concealed within Keter, while its light spreads
through these four letters, from yod to he, from he to vav, from vav to final he.
(The Essential Kabbalah, pp. 48)

Daniel Matt tells of an "ecstatic kabbalist" of the early Renaissance period named
Abraham Abulafia who recommended meditation on the name of God along with
free-form physical activity as a method of entering altered states of

"Abulafia. . .recommends focusing on the pure forms of the letters of the
alphabet, or on the name of God. Here there is no concrete, particular meaning,
no distraction, just the music of pure thought. As the highest form of this
meditation, Abulafia recommends 'jumping' or 'skipping,' a type of free
association between various combinations of letters, guided by fairly lax rules.
Thereby consciousness expands." (The Essential Kabbalah, pp. 12)

This helps to explain why Gideon Busch engraved the name of God on the
hammer and danced wildly with the irrational notion that such a ritual would
"bring down light" and holiness into the world. The Times article reported that
the fiancée of Mr. Busch told reporters that he would pray so loudly the
neighbors complained:

"When he meditated, he would play music very loudly, she said. Recently, he
took to dancing with the hammer, which he called his staff. He put God's name
on it to make it something that would bring holiness into the world. . .He'd go
outside and dance with it and raise it up and move slowly. He was like bringing
down light from his staff."

Masonic Grand Master, Albert Mackey explained in The Lexicon of Freemasonry
that uttering the Name of God endued one with the power of God. Note
Mackey's reference to the lost name of God, which Master Masons receive upon
their initiation into the 3rd degree, according to the Masonic Legend of Hiram

". . .The Tetragrammaton might only be uttered once a year on the Day of
Atonement by the High Priest in the Holy of Holies amid the sound of trumpets
and cymbals which prevented the people from hearing it. It is said that in
consequence of the people thus refraining from its utterance, the true
pronunciation of the name was at last lost. The Jews further believed that the
Tetragrammaton was possessed by unbounded powers. He who pronounces it
shakes heaven and earth and inspires the very angels with astonishment and
terror.' The Ineffable Name thus conferred miraculous gifts; it was engraved on
the rod of Moses and enabled him to perform wonders, just as, according to the
Toledot Yeshu, it conferred the same powers on Christ. . ." [(2) Mackey, Lexicon of
Freemasonry, p. 156; as cited in Nesta Webster, Secret Societies & Subversive Movements, p.167]

Ritual recitation of the name of God by the High Priest of Israel is also
mentioned in The Torah Anthology of famous kabbalist, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, to
whom Peter Michas frequently refers in his own book. According to Rabbi
Kaplan, as quoted by Peter Michas, God increased the volume of the voices of
Moses and the High Priest -- not when they preached the Word of God -- but
when they "recited" YHWH on Yom Kippur:
"When the High Priest recited the Tetragrammaton [the name of God] on Yom
Kippur [Day of Atonement] it could be heard at a very great distance. This was a
great miracle, like when the Torah was given, as it was written, 'Moses spoke and
God answered in a voice' (Exodus 19:19). God made Moses' voice so strong that
all 600,000 Israelites could hear it. Similarly, the same was true of the High
Priest. God would make his voice so loud that all the people could hear it
(emphasis added)." (The Rod of An Almond Tree, p. 199)

Readers of Peter Michas' book are never told that Rabbi Kaplan or any of his
other rabbinic sources are kabbalists. However, the Theosophical Glossary of
H.P. Blavatsky states that ritual recitation of the Ineffable Name is a practice
derived straight from the Zohar, the preeminent book of Kabbalah:

"But the Rabbins do not care to remember the Zoharic admission that YHVH
means 'not as I Am written, Am I read' (Zohar, fol. III., 230a). One has to know
how to divide the Tetragrammaton ad infinitum before one arrives at the sound
of the truly unpronounceable name of the Jewish mystery-god." (p. 155)

Part IX of Vicky Dillen's expose of the Hebrew Roots Movement deals with
Practical Kabbalah: Talismans & Masters of the Name. She writes, "The magical
abilities of Jewish adepts were a sign of their mastery of the Ineffable Name.
The Divine or Ineffable Name is believed to be known only by those adepts who
qualify for that secret initiation and knowledge and these are believed to
become endowed with 'magical powers' by uttering or writing the Name. Their
magical abilities became the impetus for various Hasidic movements which
divided the Jews over whether a particular adept was the long awaited Messiah.
These adepts were called Masters of the Name or Baal Shems. The term, 'Baal
Shem' means that the person was regarded as expert in the 'practical kabbalah'
or magic. 'Baal Shem' means literally one who is master of the name of God, who
knows how to employ it." [Gershom Scholem, "On The Kabbalah And Its Symbolism," p.200,
Schocken Books, 1965/1996]

Part VII: Of Sages and Scholars reveals that incantations of the name of God were
intoned by Jewish sages as methods of entering the very presence of God, i.e.,
astral projection, as documented in the section "All Sages GO to Heaven":

The earliest documents (100-1000 A.D.) associated with Kabbalah describe the
attempts of "Merkabah" mystics to penetrate the seven halls (Hekaloth) of
creation and reach the Merkabah (throne-chariot) of God. These mystics used the
familiar methods of shamanism (fasting, repetitious chanting, prayer, posture)
to induce trance states in which they literally fought their way past terrible
seals and guards to reach an ecstatic state in which they 'saw God'. [Colin Low]

In some instances the sages believed themselves to have attained to the divine
state, which accounts for the messianic delusion of Gideon Busch:
. . .Hekhalot texts do tend to summon angels (never God, I believe) in a very
preemptory way, and they ask for various types of esoteric wisdom and theurgic
power. It seems clear also that the Merkavah mystics were deified (turned to
angelic creatures of fire) before the throne of God, at least for the duration of
the heavenly journey. Enoch received this deification permanently when he was
transformed into the angel Metatron in 3 Enoch. But perhaps not too much
should be made of this either, since deification rites are also known from the
pagan magical papyri . . . [J.Davila, Ancient Magic, Part III, Jewish Magic ]

In the 17th century, famous kabbalist Sabbatai Tzevi founded the Sabbatean
Movement which had many elements in common with the present-day Lubavitch
Movement. Tzevi's profile even resembles that of the Lubavitch messiah, Rabbi
Menachem Schneerson. Of interest, both were prophets of millenarianism and
national restoration:

"Sabbatai Zevi, 1626-76, Jewish Mystic and pseudo-Messiah, founder of the
Sabbatean sect, b. Smyrna. After a period of study of Lurianic Cabala. . . , he
became deeply influenced by its ideas of imminent national redemption. In 1648
he proclaimed himself the Messiah, named the year 1666 the millennium, and
gathered a host of followers. In 1666 he attempted to land in Constantinople,
was captured and to escape death embraced Islam. Nevertheless the influence of
the Sabbatean movement survived many years." [Columbia Encyclopedia, p, 2389]

Moshe Idel noted in his volume on Messianic Mystics that Sabbatai Tzevi claimed
to be the messiah after discovering the correct pronunciation of the Ineffable

"Considering the fact that Abulafia's Kabbalah focuses on techniques for
meditating on holy names and that he also saw himself as the Messiah, his
writings may constitute a crucial precedent for the first 'strange deed' of
Sabbatai Tzevi -- the pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton. . .If we accept the
evidence concerning the young Tzevi as pronouncing the divine name and
proclaiming himself Messiah in public in 1648 or 1649 his later career should be
understood as the culmination of a remarkable beginning. . . Tzevi's reading
Abulafian quotations in Sefer ha-Peliyah prompted him to pronounce the divine
name so he conceived of himself as the Messiah. . ." [Moshe Idel, Messianic Mystics,
Yale University Press, 1998, pp. 187, 193]

Other sources document the immense influence of Sabbatai Tzevi whose
messianic claim instigated a great movement of consecutive Masters of the Name
who were empowered as miracle workers:

"Since the sixteenth century the great mass of Jewry had settled in Poland, and a
succession of miracle-workers known by the name of Zaddikim or Ba'al Shems had
arisen. The latter word, which signifies 'Master of the Name,' originated with the
German Polish Jews and was derived from the Cabalistic belief in the miraculous
use of the sacred name of Jehovah, known as the Tetragrammaton."

"According to Cabalistic traditions, certain Jews of peculiar sanctity or
knowledge were able with impunity to make use of the Divine Name. A Ba'al
Shem was therefore one who had acquired this power and employed it in writing
amulets, invoking spirits, and prescribing cures for various diseases. Poland and
particularly Podolia---which had not yet been ceded to Russia---became thus a
centre of Cabalism where a series of extraordinary movements of a mystical kind
followed each other. In 1666, when the Messianic era was still believed to be
approaching, the whole Jewish world was convulsed by the sudden appearance of
Shabbethai Zebi, the son of a poulterer in Smyrna named Mordecai, who
proclaimed himself the promised Messiah and rallied to his support a huge
following not only amongst the Jews of Palestine, Egypt, and Eastern Europe, but
even the hard-headed Jews of the Continental bourses. 1. Samuel Pepys in his
Diary refers to the bets made amongst the Jews in London on the chances of "a
certain person now in Smyrna, being acclaimed King of the World and the true
Messiah." [(1)Harmsworth Encyclopaedia, article on Jews. (2) Diary of Samuel Pepys, date of
February 19, 1666.; As Cited Webster op.cit., p. 181 (3) Jewish Encyclopaedia, article on
Shabbethai Zebi B. Mordecai]

Through the more objective lense of history, Sabbetai Tzevi is described by the
Jewish Encyclopedia as a pretender. Such will be the verdict of history against
the numerous messianic mystics who would rob the true Messiah, Jesus Christ, of
His glory:

". . . Shabbethai, who was an expert Cabalist and had the temerity to utter the
Ineffable Name Jehovah, was said to be possessed of marvelous powers, his skin
exuded exquisite perfume, he indulged perpetually in sea-bathing and lived in a
state of chronic ecstasy. The pretensions of Shabbethai, who took the title of
'King of the Kings of the Earth,' split Jewry in two; many Rabbi's launched
imprecations against him and those who had believed in him were bitterly
disillusioned when, challenged by the Sultan to prove his claim to be the Messiah
by allowing poisoned arrows to be shot at him, he suddenly renounced the
Jewish faith and proclaimed himself a Mohammedan. His conversion, however,
appeared to be only partial, for 'at times he would assume the role of the pious
Mohammedan and revile Judaism; at others he would enter into relations with
Jews as one of their own faith.' By this means the he retained the allegiance
both of Moslems and of the Jews. But the Rabbis, alarmed for the cause of
Judaism, succeeded in obtaining his incarceration by the Sultan in a castle near
Belgrade, where he died of colic in 1676." [(3)Jewish Encyclopedia, article on Shabbethai
Zebi B. Mordecai.; (1) Henry Hart Milman, History of the Jews (Everyman's Library), Vol.II, p. 445;
As cited, Webster, op.cit., p. 181-182]

We may reasonably infer that the Lord Jesus Christ had in mind the pagan ritual
of chanting or reciting the so-called Ineffable Name when He preached the
Sermon on the Mount: "But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the
heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking?"
(Matt. 6:7)

In stark contrast to the mindless rituals of messianic mystics, Jesus then gave to
his disciples a simple model for prayer. What Christians have come to call the
Lord's Prayer is a rational approach to God that deals forthrightly with critical
issues of sin that hinder prayer.

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed
be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our
debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is
the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Rather than recitation of the Lord's Prayer, Jesus intended His words to be a
model for meaningful prayer. Rote prayers can easily become mantras, leading a
person into a mesmerized state. New Age channeler and former Roman Catholic,
Elizabeth Clare Prophet, wrote one publication which promotes the rosary as a
method of entering an altered state.

Includes a practical explanation of Hindu devotion to Mother as the "Goddess
KUNDALINI" --THE WHITE LIGHT that rises through the spiritual centers of your
being, activating cosmic consciousness. You can accomplish this acceleration of
light through the daily rosary. [Summit University Press, p. 6, as cited by Cathy Burns in
Hidden Secrets of the Eastern Star, p. 351]

The New York Times account of the misguided Lubavitch adherent is indeed
tragic. Unfortunately, the Times failed to uncover the real cause of Gideon
Busch's destruction so that others in the Jewish community would be
forewarned. It is regrettable that a newspaper with such circulation and
influence among Jewry does not feature a series of articles on the dangers of
Kabbalism. However, there is published on the Internet an excellent treatise on
mysticism by an Israeli journalist who responsibly seeks to inform the Jewish
people that the once proscribed Kabbalah is now entering the mainstream of


What Jewish People Should Know About the New Age
by Hannah Newman

"In a similar development on the mystical side of Judaism, New Age spokesmen
applaud orthodox Jewish teachers for recently releasing Kabbalah from the
restricted access imposed on it by past generations of Jewish sages, making its
teachings available to all, and even encouraging free exploration without
rabbinic supervision. In Israel the Zohar (a major Kabbalistic work) is even being
sold door-to-door. This is strictly forbidden under the 'old order' of Judaism, but
New Agers are not concerned with proper understanding of the teaching, since
Kabbalah is simply one path to their goal of getting as many people as possible,
as quickly as possible, into 'contact with the spirit realm']. These teachers are
being hailed as 'co-conspirators' who are furthering the NA Plan. [not stated
whether deliberately or unknowingly, but the results will be the same.]

"From the NA standpoint, however, the value of Jewish Kabbalah lies only in its
teachings which overlap 'the other ancient occult doctrines', specifically:
reincarnation; traffic with angels, demons and departed human spirits; 'monism'
(light and darkness, good and evil, are all sides of G-d); attributing 'secret
messages' or 'hidden meanings' to words or statements which mean something
else at face value; self-induced trances, resulting in visions or 'astral' (out-of-
body) travels; and harnessing of superhuman powers by pronouncing sacred
names. It is noteworthy that none of these can be supported by a clear (pashat
or darash) Torah passage, while some are expressly forbidden; yet they are
arguably the best-known elements of Kabbalah today. The fact that they are
accepted by so many Torah Jews in spite of their dubious relevance to Torah,
only supports the claims of the NA missionaries. The NA goal is to promote a
Kabbalah in the Jewish community which goes through successive
'transformations' until it is finally severed from all links with the Torah, thus
'recovering' its 'purity'."

                          Christian Kabbalah?
The infiltration of Kabbalah into the Jewish community is a tragic development
that is drawing many into the experiential and irrational world of Jewish
mysticism rather than the Torah (first five books) of Scripture, which is God's
prophetic revelation of Jesus Christ. Happily, throughout history there have been
Jews to whom has been revealed the true Messiah and these have been spared
the spiritual bondage of the superstitious oral traditions of Jewish mysticism.
However, non-Jews and converted Jews may not take comfort in believing that
Kabbalah is an exclusively Jewish phenomenon. This sourcebook of Freemasonry
and other occult traditions is becoming accepted and even fashionable in social
and religious circles worldwide.

Christians in particular would be unwise to consider themselves invulnerable to
the creeping deception of Kabbalism, for its sorcery has gained a large following
among those who subscribe to false teachings of The Hebrew Roots Movement.
The real tragedy is that these dangerous teachings -- which should easily be
recognized as counterfeit by Christians -- are given the cloak of respectability
and orthodoxy by the misnamed Discernment Ministries. In reality, the Hebrew
Roots Movement promotes a form of Christianized Kabbalah, the true source of
which is The Lubavitch Movement.

Those who believe that the Hebrew Roots Movement is a last days return to the
Jewish roots of the Christianity should read up on Church history. Daniel Matt,
noted in his introduction to The Essential Kabbalah that, during the Renaissance,
medieval kabbalists gained entrance into the Catholic Church by feigning faith in
Jesus Christ.

"Although Kabbalah emerged within Judaism, and has deeply affected Jewish
thought and religious observance, its influence extends far beyond. Italian
Renaissance humanist Pico della Mirandola immersed himself in Latin translations
of Kabbalah, believing it to be the original divine revelation. Long lost and now
finally restored, Kabbalah would enable Europeans to comprehend Pythagoras,
Plato, and the secrets of the Catholic faith. Pico claimed that 'no science can
better convince us of the divinity of Jesus Christ than magic and the
Kabbalah.' His controversial, syncretistic 900 Theses drew heavily on Kabbalah
and laid the foundation for Christian kabbalistic literature. Pico's follower,
Johannes Reuchlin, produced the first systematic work of Christian Kabbalah, De
arte cabalistica." (The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism, p. 16)

Two centuries earlier, the kabbalists had not fared so well. The ecstatic
kabbalist, Abraham Abulafia, "came to see himself as playing a messianic role,
and he actually attempted to meet with Pope Nicholas III in the summer of 1280,
apparently to discuss theological and political questions. The pope condemned
him to death by burning, but before the sentence could be carried out, the pope
himself died. After a month in prison, Abulafia was released." (The Essential
Kabbalah, pp. 12)

However, by 1493, the works of Pico della Mirandola, the famous student of
Marsillo Ficino, founder of the neo-Platonic Academy of Florence, had captivated
Pope Sixtus IV who mainstreamed the Cabala as orthodox doctrine.

"This reasoning appears eventually to have been endorsed by the Church in the
case of Pico, who joined to his Hermetism a 'Christian Cabala,' and concocted a
universal system in which Cabalistic ideas played a considerable part. Although
condemned by a tribunal, Pico's synthesis was rehabilitated in 1493 by Alexander
VI, whose recognition of the Cabalist as a loyal son of the Church seemed to give
some authority to Pico's position. It should be remembered in this context that
Sixtus IV (Pope, 1471-84) had himself translated seventy Cabalistic books into
Latin, and that the concept of the 'Christian Cabala' was not peculiar to Italian
thought. Reuchlin, the foremost Orientalist of the time, and the author of the
first Hebrew grammar, came nearest to success in the attempt to transform the
Cabala into Christian philosophy - although his pupil Widmanstadt considered the
Jewish tradition as 'a Trojan horse introduced into the Church'. But the
Hermeticists and Cabalists of the Renaissance were always maintaining their
orthodoxy." (James Webb, The Occult Underground, Open Court Press, 1976, p. 221)

It was one hundred years later, in 1586, that Pope Sixtus V arranged for an
obelisk, the phallic symbol of Kabbalism and Freemasonry, to be moved from
Vatican Hill to its present position before St. Peter's Basilica. This was the same
obelisk which the Roman emperor, Caligula, had transported from Egypt to Rome
in 37-41 A.D. [Ralph Woodrow, Babylon Mystery Religion, pp. 32-3]

Renaissance Gnostic, Hermeticist and Cabalist, Pico della Mirandola ". .
.conceived of Hermes and Plato as aids to persuading those to religion who
would not accept Scripture alone." Are spiritual conditions any different within
the Hebrew Roots organizations which reject the authenticity of the Greek New
Testament and/or require rabbinic commentaries to understand the New
Testament? Have the Freemasons and Kabbalists changed their seditious tactics
of infiltrating the Church so as to bring about another "renaissance of religion" --
as predicted by Jay Gary in his Bimillennial report?

"We must recover the simple idea that the spark of eternity has been placed
within each human being. We must fan this flame, this tiny spark within each
person -- and insure that no government, no group, or no authority is allowed to
smother or snuff out this sacred flame&hellipAs early citizens of the 21st
Century, we have a sacred duty to carry this torch across the length and breadth
of the planet. Let's blow the Jubilee trumpet and herald this coming renaissance
among government, education, arts, media, business, and religion."

Speaking prophetically, the Lord Jesus Christ warned his disciples about ravenous
wolves who would enter the Christian Church, not sparing the flock. Like the
famous Trojan Horse of Greek mythology, these infiltrators would masquerade as
Christians, but purvey doctrines that are calculated to corrupt and destroy true
Christian faith.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly
they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather
grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good
fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth
evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that
bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by
their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7:15-20

The unfruitful works of darkness became evident in the tragic life of Gideon

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: adultery, fornication,
uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations,
wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings,
and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past,
that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians

Likewise, Galatians 5:22 describes the fruit of the Holy Spirit which are produced
by the pure doctrine of the Word of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Ephesians 5:9 also mentions goodness, along with two other fruit of the Spirit:

For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth; Proving
what is acceptable unto the Lord.

Every spiritual leader will bear fruit either according to the works of the flesh or
the fruit of the Spirit. Christians must therefore carefully evaluate the fruit of
those who claim to teach the Word of God by the quality of character that is
produced in their disciples. However, fruit takes time to grow and the Hebrew
Roots Movement is a relatively new phenomenon. For this reason, Christians
would be wise to examine the fruit of the Lubavitch Movement before entering
the same broad road to destruction via the Hebrew Roots Movement.


The Lubavitch Movement

The Hebrew Roots Movement

                         "Kabbalism is a system of Jewish
                         mysticism and magic and is the
                         foundational element in modern
                       witchcraft. Virtually all of the great
                      witches and sorcerers of this century
                           were Kabbalists." -William J.
                          Schnoebelen, The Dark Side of
      Joseph Smith and Kabbalah
Freemasonry, Judaism, Mormonism and Kabbalah
            are demonic sex cults!
                               by David J. Stewart

     While doing research on the cult of Mormonism, I came across several
articles on the internet authored by Lance S. Owens. At first it appeared that Mr.
Owens was against the Mormon cult, with such article titles as Joseph Smith and
Kabbalah: The Occult Connection. Then I read the following quote on his

This work was originally published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought,
Vol. 27, No. 3, Fall 1994, pp. 117-194. The paper received considerable notice,
and in 1995 the Mormon History Association recognized Joseph Smith and
Kabbalah: The Occult Connection with its annual award for the best article in
Mormon studies. There is an ongoing demand for this paper but unfortunately
Dialogue sold out its entire printing of the Fall, 1994 issue within a few weeks.
Most academic libraries will have Dialogue in their collection of journals for
those seeking a print copy.

Lance S. Owens is NOT a Christian and his writings openly reveal that Mormonism
is connected with the occult. Oddly enough, the Mormons readily admit their
occult roots. Joseph Smith was a heretic! Unbeknownst to many people, Joseph
Smith (the founder of Mormonism in 1830) was a 33rd degree Freemason, as was
Charles Taze Russell (the founder of the Jehovah Witnesses in 1874). Those who
understand the Satanic roots of cults such as Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism
know that Kabbalah is greatly revered in such groups.

Demonic Kabbalah
  Matthew 27:25, “Then answered all the
 people, and said, His blood be on us, and
             on our children.”
Kabbalah is a Jewish system of black magic which originates in ancient pagan
Babylon. Freemasonry is a Jewish sex cult. The primary Masonic symbol, the
square and compass (which is a representation of the Jewish Star of David) is
seen throughout Masonic temples and lodges. Albert Pike, a 33rd degree mason
of the Scottish-rite wrote MORALS AND DOGMA. This book was given to every
MASTER MASON (33rd degree). In his book, Pike said that the 33 degrees of
Freemasonry is based in the Jewish Kabbalah, the source of everything that
happens in the Masonic lodge. I wonder how many Christians in the Southern
Baptist Convention are aware that they are members of a sex-cult?

Kabbalah is based largely upon the Zohar, and is esoteric (which simply means
that you can't understand it by reading it, someone has to explain it to you). I
sincerely don't think the Zohar was intended to be understood. I think it's
interpretation is solely at the whim of any occultist who wants to manipulate
dumb people. I've tried to read it and it's just a bunch of mumbo-jumbo that you
could literally interpret to mean anything. I am confident that it was simply
meant to impress and not really have any legitimate meaning at all.

The Roman Catholic Vatican, to thwart true Christians from exposing their
heretical beliefs, changed all their online doctrines into Latin at the Vatican's
official website. It looks impressive to the world, but no one knows what they
believe. Who reads Latin these days? What a sad joke! Catholicism is a massive
religious fraud intended to deceive the masses of this world. Roman Catholicism
has been extremely effective for the cause of Satan, boasting of over
1,000,000,000 members worldwide. The Jehovah's Witnesses cult only has an
estimated 6,000,000 members. Walter Martin authored a book, KINGDOM OF THE

In contrast, the Word of God has a definite meaning which cannot be twisted if
you take the Bible at face value. Sadly, Kabbalism has many devout followers
such as Madonna (who recently built a $5,000,000 Kabbalah reading room in
London) and Britney Spears (who plans to write a Kabbalah book for
children). The Zohar is straight from Hell, as are the false religions of Kabbalism
and Mormonism that are largely derived from it.

"What is Kabbalah and who believes in it?

Kabbalah is a branch of Jewish mysticism, which is thought to have originated in
the 13th century. Its teachings come from an ancient 23-volume book called the
Zohar, which offers interpretations of the inner meaning of the Torah.
Traditionally, its practices were reserved for a select number of Jewish scholars
who already had an advanced understanding of Jewish law, but for the past 500
years it has been followed more widely.

In 1969, a former insurance salesman, Rabbi Philip Berg, established the
Kabbalah Centre International and appointed himself its leader. The centre
markets Kabbalah as a "universal system for self-improvement" and attracts more
than 3.5 million followers. Berg claims that Kabbalah answers the ultimate
questions of human existence: who we are, where we come from and why we're
here. Its followers claim that it can purify the soul and banish disease,
depression and discontent using the spiritual light of the Zohar.
The Kabbalah Centre sells copies of its sacred texts and other "spiritual tools",
such as Kabbalah Water. Among the best-selling items is the red string bracelet,
said to protect the wearer from the evil eye. The Beckhams, Paris Hilton, Britney
Spears, Demi Moore and Madonna have all been seen sporting one." -SOURCE:
The Great Kabbalah Con Exposed.

Kabbalah means "tradition" or "transmitted teaching." It is a mix of Jewish
mysticism, the occult, Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, and uses numerology to
"interpret" the Bible. Even though it claims to have been handed down orally
from Abraham, the system appears to have been given its earliest formulation in
the 11th century in France. It is sad in these last days to see people turning to
every kind of lie imaginable, when they are seriously searching for the truth and
answers to what this life is all about.

Ever since the Tower of Babel, men have created false gods and religions out of
their imagination, rejecting the One and only True God and His Truth. Kabbalah
is one of the hottest cults today because of celebrities like Madonna, Britney
Spears, Demi Moore, and Paris Hilton who have popularized it. Revenues are
obtained primarily through the sale of books, tapes, the famous "red string"
bracelet that is supposed to protect the wearer from the "evil eye," and
Kabbalah water.

Like ALL cults, Kabbalists make it sound like something everyone should be
involved in it. They also falsely claim that you can be a Christian and be involved
in Kabbalah. Biblically, Kabbalah is a lie from the pits of hell, it has NOTHING to
do whatsoever with the Christian faith! ALL cults base their final authority upon
something other than God's Word. The Mormon cult uses the Book of
Mormon. The Jehovah Witnesses cult uses the writings of the Watchtower
Society. The Christian Science cult uses the writings of Mary Baker Eddy. The
Seventh-Day Adventists cult uses the writings of Ellen G. White. The Scientology
cult uses the writings of L. Ron Hubbard. And the Kabbalah cult uses the Zohar.

Mormonism is of the Devil
Let's recognize Mormonism for what it is...A CULT! The lie of Mormonism is not a
new problem. Paul himself had
to deal with the issue of "cults," those who perverted the Gospel. Paul spoke of
this often in his writings, "...but there be some that trouble you, and would
pervert the gospel of Christ" -Galatians 1:7. Cults are nothing new. The bottom
line in Mormonism is a denial of the deity of Jesus Christ. In Revelation 1:8,
Jesus Christ proclaims that He is Almighty God! Nearly every cult denies the
deity of Christ or somehow diminishes it. Many Mormons will lie to you and say
that they believe in the Jesus of the Bible, but they are not telling you the
truth. In Mormon theology, their jesus is NOT a deity! THE JESUS OF THE BIBLE

Although Mormons use the Bible, it is NOT their final authority as it is for the
Christian. Their authority
lies in the writings of the lunatic Joseph Smith and their cult's Doctrine and
Covenants statement. Only faith in Jesus Christ, the Jesus of the Bible will get
you into Heaven. The Mormon cult spends tens of millions each year in public
relations to portray themselves as "just another Christian church." DO NOT LET
THEIR ADS FOOL YOU. They are no more a Christian church than your local
mosque is!

WARNING: Do NOT be taken in by the warm and fuzzy exterior of this cult,
Mormons are NOT Christians. And when they say the name Jesus, it is NOT the
Jesus of the Bible! Jesus said, "Ye must be born again!" -John 3:3.

The Word of God is Upfront and Honest
Thankfully, the Word of God (the Bible) is open to all. There is no private
interpretations of the Bible, "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the
scripture is of any private interpretation" -2nd Peter 1:20. God has written the
Bible to all mankind. Anyone can understand the Word of God if they will come
to Jesus Christ and receive God's gift of eternal life (John 1:12). Oh how Satan
blinds the masses with deception. ANYTHING that is of the occult is Satanic.
This includes all New Age teachings, yoga, astrology, Tarot reading, palm
readings, psychics, Yin Yang, spiritualism, astral projection, hypnotism, good
luck charms, etc. Mormonism is saturated with occult imagery and doctrines.
Joseph Smith was an occult Freemason. Do not be deceived friend, Satan is the
common denominator behind all false religions, all designed to blind the masses.
Satan is the god of this world (2nd Corinthians 4:4) and he works through occult
organizations and false religions. It is no surprise that the founder of the
Mormon false religion was an occult member of Freemasonry.

By the way, there is NO such thing as separation of church and state. To remove
God from anything is an open invitation to Satan. Until we bring God back,
Satan will continue to reign over America. Satan has infiltrated our schools, our
churches, our government, and even our Bibles. The only defense is the Word of
God, which I believe is the 1611 King James Bible. As I mentioned at the
beginning of this article, Lance S. Owens is NOT a Christian and his writings
clearly prove that Mormonism is connected with the occult. Any connection with
the occult is of the Devil.

                      "Kabbalism is a system of Jewish
                       mysticism and magic and is the
 foundational element in modern
  witchcraft. Virtually all of the
great witches and sorcerers of this
century were Kabbalists." -William J.
    Schnoebelen, The Dark Side of

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