They were not taught Bible and Talmud and Cabbalah
band was placed on Anthony's wrist by a healer in South Gosforth.
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.
Her spiritual master, as she called him, had pointed her to Israel to study Cabbalah
, her own religion's mystical tradition, and she was en route to Safed, where it had flourished in the 16th century.
In his enthusiasm for Cabbalah
, however, he was by no means singular.