Re: QABBALAH AND KABALA
Jun 21, 1996 05:43 PM
by Dr. A.M.Bain
In message <email@example.com>, alexis
dolgorukii <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes
>No Alan: I am NOT kidding! But let me jog your memory a bit.
>Sometime past, Dr. Bain and Dr. Jerry Schueler had a discussion regarding
>the proper spelling of the word Qabbalah-Kabala and they arrived at a
>tentative agreement that Kabala meant tihe serious intellectual study of
>Kabala as philosophy-religion,
Yes, but not just intellectual - it has its methods, but not those you
mention below ...
> while Qabbalah or Qabala represented the
>Ceremonial Magical aspect of the subject.
This is now a common convention.
>Now it is patently clear that when we are talking about KABALA, then Rabbi
>Akiba, Scholem, and Kaplan are the paramount experts.
Not the only ones, but yes.
> But when were are
>talking about the ceremonial magic aspects of QABBALAH, it is Eliphas Levi
>who is the paramount authority to the "magical community". Israel Regardie
>and the other "Masters" of Occult Magic, Aleister Crowley included, would be
>much less without Levi's influence. I consider eliphas Levi to be a far
>more important figure in the Ceremonial Magic Community that Aleister
>Crowley. Unfortunately Levi is tainted by his connections with Joseph Maria
>Hoene-Wronski and Theodore Reuss.
Agreed. To each his or her own. Thanks for bringing out this
distinction clearly again. It *does* need restating from time to time.
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