The outlaw, the revolutionary, the cabbalist
or member of a secret society, indeed heretics of all kinds are of a highly associative if not sociable disposition, and a certain element of play is prominent in all their doings.
Trueblood, captures its playful mood (though not its mystery) rather well: That cabbalist
who played at being God gave his spacey offspring the nickname Golem.
For Jewish cabbalists
, Moses was 'the paragon of Jewish mystics',(9) the prophet and mystic who exemplified the spiritual goal of the true cabbalist
Analyzing what language says is the mistake Diotallevi made when be became a Cabbalist
because the letters in his name look Jewish (76).
A variant is the family name Luzzatto, which produced at least two intellectual titans in the 18th and 19th centuries: the cabbalist
and poet Moshe Chayyim Luzzatto, commonly called Ramchal, and the rabbinical scholar Shmuel David Luzzatto, commonly called Shadal.
Genuine Jewish motifs, notably in the letter and number symbolism of mystical cabbalist
provenance, are demonstrated within the works, whilst at the same time the dangers of such labelling are clearly pointed out.
We are shown his role as a teacher who influenced a generation of thinkers, several of them Jews who attended his Munich lectures and later went on to Rabbinical positions and incorporated Schellingian ideas into their own theological and philosophical exploits, and his role as a student of cabbalistic ideas (chiefly the writings of the 'Christian' cabbalist
Franz Josef Molitor) is discussed.
Adam's lack of gratitude for, or any acknowledgment of, God's beneficence in his life, from Creation to Eve to his children, stands in sharp contrast to the Cabbalist
idea that Adam, before his fall and expulsion from Eden, is a cosmic being who contains the whole world in himself, and "whose station is superior even to ...