She was a veritable encyclopedia of mysticism--from Cabbalah
to Indian yoga.
- favoured by celebrities such as Madonna and Britney Spears - is a mystical branch of Judaism and followers believe it wards off bad karma.
For example, Pico della Mirandola's introduction of hermeticism and cabbalah
made him a prime target of the Inquisition.
, now the darling of liberal (even assimilated) Jews and certain gentiles in the wider culture (Madonna and company), is itself utterly suffused with statements affirming the Jewish people's special relationship to God.
Yet even though both of these new novellas are so rich in allusions that every single word seems to find its referent in the Bible, the cabbalah
, or the writings of Shmuel Yosef Agnon, or Franz Kafka--you don't have to be Gershom Scholem to enjoy them.
I understand the attraction the Cabbalah
had for him, not the Sefirot, the entrance of godhead into the world except for the Shechinah--who was, I suspect, always linked to memories of his mother, his greatest love--but the notion of the holy as Ein Sof or that of which absolutely nothing can be said.