The Talmud, or the Cabbalah
, insightful documents that they were into the mind of all human beings and into the very soul, were referring, alas, to men only, not to women.
Her topics include the creation of a mythic queen, the metaphysics of prophesies and free will in Richard III, As You Like It as a Kabbalist teaching on the impact of sacred study, and Antony and Cleopatra and Christian Cabbalah
- 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.