posted on Jun, 18 2004 @ 12:01 PM
1. Do "Normal" Jew's and Christians view this as some sort of Paganism?
Depends on what you view as "normal". I recently participated in a thread on Kabbalah where two Christians falsely tried to equate it with satanic
ritual abuse and witchcraft: www.abovetopsecret.com...
However, there are and have been Christians who study the Kabbalah and write commentaries on it.
2. Is a Kabbalist the same thing as a Cabalist? I'm guessing it is because it would make sense that in video games etc. they make "golems"
or creatures to fight for them, and a Kabbalah Master could in theory enter a dimension where he can create anything, make a "golem" and possibly
bring it back here.
Kabbalah (and therefore its adherents) is known by a variety of names: QBL, Qabala, Kabbalah, Cabbala, Qabbalah, etc.
The golem comes from Jewish folklore. "Kabbalistic magic" is actually independent from Kabbalah itself, gaining its name from the use of Hebrew
letters, the Names of God and invocations of angelic beings of different orders that are mentioned in Kabbalistic texts. You don't have to be a
Kabbalist to practice Kabblistic magic, but it helps.
If you tell a Jewish Kabbalah teacher/rabbi that you're interested in Kabbalistic
magic, however, odds are you'll be thrown out on your ear.
Thankyou in advance, I think this is one of the most interesting religions I have ever looked at.
I wouldn't say Kabbalah is a religion unto itself. It's a branch of Jewish mysticism, though quite adaptable to a number of different faiths, even
those as diverse as paganism (though pagan Kabbalists are somewhat of a minority even in the Neopagan movement).