He traces it back to the encounter in the vicinity of Strasbourg between Bader and a former Catholic priest, Oswald Leber, who instructed him in the basic conceptions and calculations of the end of the world of the Jewish Cabbala
and its reception by the Christian humanist Hebraist Johannes Reuchlin.
Rabbi Kook's entire teaching, which is followed devoutly by, among others, those who have led the settler movement on the occupied West Bank, is based upon the Lurianic Cabbala
, the school of Jewish mysticism that dominated Judaism from the late 16th to the early 19th century.
It has blossomed into so many varieties: aggadah and halacha; cabbala
and rationalism; philosophy and theology.
But the structure of the art was founded on images of planets corresponding to the Sephiroth of the Hebrew Cabbala
The observant young boy who at the outset wished to be initiated into the mysteries of the cabbala
feels the "void" of unbelief'; the void is the alternative to the plenitude of belief (66, 93).
It is thus enjoyable to see Winterson using Cabbala
here instead of the more commonly used (and equally inspiring) example of Buddhism.