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Qabalah
Exposed

  [Though I don't agree with some of this, here it is.]  

  Part IX: Talismans and Masters of the Name

  To Embrace Hebrew Roots: Part IX

  Talismans & Masters of the Name

  1 Timothy 4:1-2:

  "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times
  some shall depart from the faith, giving  heed  to  seducing
  spirits,   and   doctrines   of  devils;  Speaking  lies  in
  hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron."

  
  [Scan from "Enroute to Global Occupation by Gary Kah, p. 94;
  Helena Patrovna  Blavatsky,  co-Mason and co-founder of  the 
  Theosophical Society (which was arguably spawned by Masonry)
  said, "The Kabalah is indeed of the essence of Masonry,"  as
  noted by Ankerburg & Weldon in "The Secret Teachings of the
  Masonic Lodge", page 237.  She is but one of the many famous
  and influencial Freemasons who attest that Cabalism, if  not
  the very essence of Freemasonry,  remains in any case one of 
  the most significant founts of speculative Freemasonry.]

  Definitions

  To help us understand clearly whether we are  indeed  seeing
  in  the Hebrew Roots Movement and Kabbalah the techniques of
  magic, sorcery, witchcraft and so on, we need to  understand
  what  matters constitute those practices. This writer has no
  wish to present various occult practices  in  detail.  There
  has  been  much already in these articles, for those who are
  believers, that has been difficult to look upon.

  As stated previously, according to S. L. McGregor Mathers in
  the "Introduction to the Kabbalah Unveiled":

  "The Qabalah is usually classed under four headings:

  The practical Qabalah.

  The literal Qabalah.

  The unwritten Qabalah.

  The dogmatic Qabalah.

  "The  practical Qabalah deals with talismanic and ceremonial
  magic…" 1.

  Nesta Webster cites  17  th  century  Cabalist  and  English
  Rosicrucian,  Robert Fludd, who defined the various forms of
  magic.

  "In dealing with the question of Magic it  is  necessary  to
  realize  that  although  to the world in general the word is
  synonymous  with  necromancy,  it   does   not   bear   this
  significance  in the language of occultism, particularly the
  occultism of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  Magic
  at  this  date was a term employed to cover many branches of
  investigation which Robert Fludd, the  English  Rosucrucian,
  classified  under various headings, of which the first three
  are as follows: (1) "Natural magic ,…that  most  occult  and
  secret   department   of   physics  by  which  the  mystical
  properties  of  natural  substances  are   extracted";   (2)
  Mathematical  Magic  ,  which  enables  adepts in the art to
  "construct marvellous machines by means of their geometrical
  knowledge";  whilst  (3)  Venefic  Magic  "is familiar, with
  potions,  philitre,  and  with   various   preparations   of
  poisons."1" 2.

  "…all  these  have passed into the realms of science and are
  no  longer  regarded  as  magical  arts;  but  the   further
  categories  enumerated  by  Fludd  and  comprised  under the
  general heading of  Necromantic  Magic  retain  the  popular
  sense of the term. These are described as (1) Goetic , which
  consists in "diabolical commerce with  unclean  spirits,  in
  rites   of   criminal   curiosity,   in  illicit  songs  and
  invocations, and in the evocation of the souls of the dead";
  (2)

  Maleficent  ,  which  is the adjuration of the devils by the
  virtue of Divine Names; and (3 ) Theurgic ,  purporting  "to
  be  governed  by  good  angels  and the Divine Will, but its
  wonders are most frequently performed by evil  spirits,  who
  assume  the  names  of  God  and  of  angels." (4) "The last
  species of magic is the Thaumaturgic  ,  begetting  illusory
  phenomena;  by this art the Magi produced their phantoms and
  other marvels." To this list might be added Celestial  Magic
  ,  or  knowledge  dealing with the influence of the heavenly
  bodies, on which astrology is based." 3.

  David Conway states in "Ritual Magic", that there  are  many
  manuscripts related to the esoteric teachings referred to in
  the Talmud and more importantly the  writings  of  Kabbalah.
  Most   involved   in  "traditional"  kabbalah,  believe  the
  teachings to be divinely inspired:

  "Besides The Zohar, the other chief book of  the  Kabbalists
  "the  Sefer  Yetsirah,  or  Book of Creation...is thought to
  date from the 6th century....Another important work  is  the
  Sefer-hab-Bahir,  or  Book  of  Bahir,  which  was  probably
  written in the 6th century by Isaac the Blind. Supporters of
  the  Kabbalah  insist,  however, that it can be nothing less
  than divinely inspired ." 4.

  The chief book of the Kabbalah, the Sepher Yetzirah (Book of
  Creation)  is considered to be older than the Talmud, simply
  "…by the fact that in the Talmud the Rabbis are described as
  studying it for magical purposes…" 5.

  As  stated  previously,  it  is  believed  by various Jewish
  leaders, that only those  who  have  full  understanding  of
  Jewish  sacred  teachings  would  or  should  be  taught the
  Kabbalah. It is suggested that Sages in the past have  taken
  great  pains  to  protect the teachings from the uninitiated
  and those of other faiths.

  Today we see that certain books are considered necessary for
  initiation  into  Kabbalah.  Dr  Philip Berg, founder of The
  Kabbalah Learning Center, is considered to be a  radical  by
  "traditional  kabbalists." Berg, whose influence is growing,
  includes such titles as "Inner Space" by Aryeh Kaplan, which
  he  states  is "a must read." Kaplan's works are also highly
  recommended by traditional Kabbalists. Next, Berg recommends
  the works, "Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism" Vols. I
  & II, and "The Square", which compare and expand on  the
  eastern  disciplines  of  Yoga, and then the proper paths of
  the "Tree  of  Life."  Listed  as  well  is  "The  True  and
  Invisible Rosicrucian Order", which presents the Rosicrucian
  system of  initiation  and  the  methods  for  understanding
  mystical  and  holy texts through Gematria. Added to that is
  the book, "The Tarot", which is a deep analysis of the "Tree
  of  Life" including descriptions of the Tarot keys and their
  relationships to those paths. 6.

  Dr. Berg lists as Reference Books, The Holy Bible, with this
  disclaimer:

  "Both  Kabbalists  and  Qabalists  will  require  The Torah,
  Qabalists will need Gospels, as well, as Jesus  was  both  a
  Rabbi  and  a  Master  Kabbalalist.  I can not not suggest a
  particular version, as they are all filled with  error.  You
  will  have to fight the deception, yourself. You may wish to
  avail yourself of a good Jewish Linear Torah." 7.

  Dr  Berg  also  lists  the  "Sefer  Yetzirah:  The  Book  of
  Creation" by Aryeh Kaplan and "The Zohar", as do traditional
  Kabbalists, who would also recommend Jewish prayer books. It
  should  be  noted  that Aryeh Kaplan is repeatedly used as a
  source in Peter Michas' book "The Rod of An Almond  Tree  In
  God's Master Plan."

  Various  Jewish,  secular,  Kabbalist or other sources would
  say that Jesus Christ our Lord was a Kabbalist or  a  member
  of  the  Essenes,  who  are  considered by some to have been
  Master Kabbalists of the highest order. There are  teachings
  that  suggest that Jesus handed down a secret oral tradition
  and that is why  some  Qabbalists  willingly  disseminate  a
  perversion  of  the  Gospels  with their occult doctrine. We
  know that Jesus held no "secret" oral traditions  that  were
  passed on to an elect few.

  John 18:20-21

  "Jesus  answered  him,  I  spake openly to the world; I ever
  taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews
  always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest
  thou me? ask them which heard me,  what  I  have  said  unto
  them: behold, they know what I said."

  Rituals and Shofars

  1 Corinthians 3:20-21

  "And  again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that
  they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in  men.  For  all
  things are yours;"

  The  Kabbalist  attitude towards most rituals is governed by
  four fundamental principles, which  are  applied  with  many
  variants. Gershom Scholem states these principles to be:

  Harmony between the rigid powers of judgment and the flowing
  powers of mercy.

  The sacred marriage, or

  conjunctio of the masculine and feminine.

  Redemption of the

  Shekhinah from its entanglement in the 'other side.'

  Defense against, or mastery over, the powers of  the  'other
  side' " 8.

  "The blowing of the

  shofar  on  New  Year's  Day,  for  example,  is  explicitly
  associated with the first and fourth purposes.  The  rituals
  of  the  great  festivals  and  particularly the Sabbath are
  related to  the  sacred  marriage.  Often  a  single  ritual
  represents the whole sefirotic world in all its aspects." 9.

  Scholem  states  that  Kabbalists  went to great extremes to
  anchor all  their  actions  and  expression  into  a  sacred
  ritual.  From the "Shema Yisrael" to the sabbath and feasts,
  "the Kabbalists strove from the very  first  to  anchor  the
  ritual  of Rabbinical Judaism in myth by means of a mystical
  practice ." [emphasis in original] 10.

  The mainstreaming of many of these rituals is  reflected  in
  the  "revival"  that  is  sweeping worldwide. It is becoming
  matter of course for many groups, from Messsianic and HR, to
  the  Pope's mass, for example, to blow a shofar. Some use it
  to proclaim victory over the enemy, or as  in  the  case  of
  Promise Keepers at Stand in the Gap, to bring in the "Spirit
  of God" as announced in the  PK  promotional  for  the  1997
  Sacred Assembly in Washington, DC:

  "...But  before the day begins, a large instrumental call to
  worship will kick off the assembly. "At sacred assemblies in
  Scripture,  often it would say, 'Blow the trumpet,' Schlafer
  said. "In  the  Old  Testament,  the  shofar  (a  ram's-horn
  trumpet)  was  blown prior to battles to signify the army of
  God. Our host people, the Native Americans, blew flute,  and
  other  people groups used trumpets. So, we will use numerous
  instruments to invoke the Spirit of God  to  consecrate  the
  event." he said, "As we blow the horns to start the program,
  we will be announcing the arrival of royalty,  the  Lord  of
  Lords and King of Kings." 11.

  We  know  that  in the Old Testament the Israelites blew the
  shofar by direct command of God, and in obedience to Him. To
  'invoke'  the  presence  of  any spirit by the blowing of an
  instrument is called shammanism. There  are  no  connections
  between  the  Old  Testament  blowing  of the shofar and the
  idolatrous  practice  of  invoking  a  spirit,  upon   which
  Spiritualists of old and the Promise Keepers were calling.

  Since  the Holy Spirit indwells each Christian, "announcing"
  the arrival of the Lord in these settings is not  Biblically
  sound.  According  to  the Word of God, the 'arrival' of the
  King of Kings and Lord of Lords, will take place like this:

  Revelations 1:7

  "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him,
  and  they  also  which  pierced him: and all kindreds of the
  earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. "

  The Jewish belief in blowing of the Shofar is discovered  to
  be for various reasons and in this case is referring to that
  "awesome day".  An  article  distributed  by  the  Jerusalem
  Reclamation  Project  provides  understanding of this modern
  belief. The blowing of  the  Shofar  signifies  "the  Divine
  speaking  from  within him" and is the "catalyst which frees
  his soul from its bonds."

  "The Shofar signals both the birth and  the  future  of  the
  Nation  of  Israel. In the words of the prophet Isaiah, "You
  revealed Yourself to Your holy people in the cloud  of  Your
  glory  in  order  to speak to them, You revealed yourself to
  them in thunder and lightning,  and  You  appeared  to  them
  through the sound of the Shofar." (as quoted in Shmona Esrei
  Musaf of Rosh Hashana.) [Note: this reference of the prophet
  Isaiah is unable to be correlated in the book of Isaiah]

  "…. Rabbi Elchanan, the sainted author of the "Netana Tokef"
  prayer of Musaf: "A great Shofar blast shall  sound,  and  a
  small  still  voice  will  be  heard."  If a great Shofar is
  blown, how can the sound be of a small still voice? And why?
  The  answer  is that on that awesome day, man hears an inner
  voice, the voice of  his  soul,  the  Divine  speaking  from
  within him. The Shofar blast is the catalyst which frees his
  soul from its bonds and allows man to listen to it,  "And  a
  small still voice will be heard." 12.

  Talismans and Incantations

  Isaiah 44:24-25:

  "Thus  saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee
  from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh  all  things;  that
  stretcheth  forth  the  heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad
  the earth by myself; That  frustrateth  the  tokens  of  the
  liars,  and  maketh  diviners  mad;  that  turneth  wise men
  backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish."

  The  sages  viewed  the  written  Torah  as  having  magical
  meanings, which they obtained using gematria.

  "…In  the  practical  Cabala  this  method  of "decoding" is
  reduced to a theurgic or magical system in which the healing
  of diseases plays an important part and is effected by means
  of the mystical arrangements of numbers and letters, by  the
  pronunciation  of  the Ineffable Name, by the use of amulets
  and talismans, or by compounds supposed to  contain  certain
  so-called occult properties. " 13.

  Davila in "Ancient Magic" reveals historical evidence of the
  Jewish occult practices, including the magic use of  amulets
  for  such  things  as  exorcism,  domination  of  others and
  protection from demons.

  "…from roughly the fourth to  seventh  centuries,  come  the
  Jewish  Aramaic  incantation  bowls  (along  with Syriac and
  Mandaic bowls),  found  in  Iraq  and  Iran...  These  bowls
  contain  inscribed  spells,  usually  in a spiral inside the
  bowl, mostly having to do with

  protection from demons and other  nuisances….  From  roughly
  the  same time period come Jewish amulets inscribed on metal
  (usually lead, copper, or silver)  in  Aramaic.  These  have
  been    found    mostly    in   Syria-Palestine   and   Asia
  Minor…published thirty-two of them in their two  volumes  of
  magical texts. The purposes of these amulets are typical and
  include healing, exorcism, domination of others,  protection
  of pregnant women , etc…" 14.

  Incantations  are  used  in  order to accomplish the "magic"
  associated with invoking the "Name of God."  The  dictionary
  definition  of  incantation  is: "a set of words spoken as a
  magic charm or to cast a magic spell…sorcery…chant  a  magic
  formula against…" 15.

  If   we   turn   to   practicing   Kabbalists  we  see  that
  incantations, talismans and amulets are used and still  play
  a  significant  role  in  their  rituals.  Colin  Low in his
  'Kabbalah Faq' explains that a combination of the signing of
  the  cross  (like  Catholic sign), the pentagram and certain
  incantations are also part of certain rituals. 16.

   

  Star of David

  The Star of David plays an important role in  kabbalism  and
  the  occult.  The  misuse  of  it as the symbol of something
  positive for Israel, Hebrew Roots and Messianic groups needs
  to  be corrected. There never was a star symbol connected to
  the reign of David. This symbol  is  very  ancient  and  was
  always   called   by  various  other  names  and  always  in
  connection to the occult. Hitler--who was  heavily  involved
  in theosophy-- used this occultic symbol to shame the Jewish
  people.  

  The double triangle  is  the  symbol  for  the  "chakras  of
  Hinduism" and corresponding sefiroth of Kabbalists and also,
  for witchcraft, sorcery and magicians. It is  also  referred
  to  as  the  "male/female  triangle",  the  Crest or Seal of
  Solomon, the Shield of David, and the hexagram, which is the
  most wicked symbol in witchcraft. 17.

  Dr.  Cathy  Burns  relates  that the hexagram is linked with
  spiritualism  in  such  matters  as  consulting  the   dead,
  reincarnation, the calling up of demons and in some sorcery,
  is viewed as the footprint of certain demons.  The  list  of
  its  applications  includes the Hindu gods and goddesses and
  many others. 18.

  Kabbalists throughout history have also adopted  it  as  the
  symbol  for  the Talisman of Saturn and involves the worship
  of the god Remphan, which is referred to in the Bible  (Acts
  7:37-43). It is also referred to in Scripture as the star of
  Molech (Amos 5:26-27) --  an  abomination  to  God.  Solomon
  became  involved  in  this  paganism  and  built an altar to
  Molech. An occult source presents a complete history of  the
  Talisman   of  Saturn  or  Remphan  and  its  connection  to
  Kabbalists at:

  http://id.mind.net/~wolfc/library/magic/talismans/talisman.htm
  Please note also the connection of the Star of David and the
  mark of the beast,  Talismans  and  astrology.  One  man,  a
  believer   in  Christ  and  of  Hebrew  descent,  said  this
  regarding the occult connections of the  Star  of  David  in
  those articles:

  "...  Your  expose'  on  the  six pointed star again clearly
  reveals the true nature of this abomination.  I  asked  some
  leading  rabbis  in Israel about it, and they confessed that
  it was not a traditional seal of Israel and its  origin  was
  only  sketchy  at  best.  We  also  talked  a  bit about the
  Kaballah; with my staunch denunciation of it. Israel  is  in
  bondage  under  that  abominable  sign  and even the sincere
  don't realize it, and worse even the saved!!

  "I had a real uneasiness about it and purged any sign of  it
  from the house a couple of years ago. My wife had a fit, and
  thought I was crazy for listening  to  a  former  Illuminist
  witch  who  swore  the  magen  David  was  extremely evil. I
  followed my convictions, and your  site  sealed  it  for  me
  tonight.  I  had not realized its direct link to the star of
  Egypt, and now I know!!" 19.

  The Star of David symbol also has  sexual  significance  for
  occult  practices.  In the book "Masonic and Occult Symbols"
  by Dr. Cathy Burns we read:

  "…Phallicism is symbolized in witchcraft as a point with  an
  circle  and  also  as  the  unity  of two triangles making a
  hexagram. These are represented in the  Washington  Monument
  and the Star of David. The Mexican Indians used the hexagram
  as a symbol of their phallic worship. For 300 years the Star
  of David or Hexagram was known as the "Crest of Solomon." It
  is used to conjure up demons and is the most  evil  sign  in
  witchcraft. It means "to hex" or to put a spell on someone."

  "When  the  male triangle penetrates the female triangle, it
  forms the six-pointed  crest  of  the  Seal  of  Solomon  or
  hexagram, the most wicked symbol in witchcraft". 20.

  It  should be noted that the Promise Keepers Sacred Assembly
  was held before the Washington Monument, an obelisk which is
  a phallic symbol built by the Freemasons. 

  Further connections become apparent as stated by the Masonic
  J.D.  Buck,  who  explains  that  the  Star  of  David   and
  "six-pointed  star"  or  hexagram  symbol  of  the  House of
  Theosophy are identical to the compass of Freemasonry.

  "The perfect equilibrium of spirit and matter is  symbolized
  by the six-pointed star, which is again only another form of
  the Square and Compass, each having a base-line  from  which
  to form a triangle." 21.

  Pagan  symbolism has infiltrated many denominations that fly
  the banner of Christianity and as  a  matter  of  historical
  fact,  this  writer  presents the following argument against
  symbols. If we believe the Bible is the true Word of God--we
  must  start  with what God said. In Deuteronomy 4:14-19; 23;
  7:25-26, God reminds us to  avoid  anything  connected  with
  false  gods,  images, idolatry or necromancy. Certainly many
  other verses referring to witchcraft, sorcery and  astrology
  are listed as abominations to God.

  We are to have nothing to do with promoting or embracing any
  symbolism that is associated with that wickedness. This  was
  not written for the Jews of the Old Testament only, but must
  also apply now. There is nothing that man can  create,  that
  may become an emblem or symbol of God.

  Acts 17:29

  "Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not
  to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or  silver,  or
  stone, graven by art and man's devices."

  It  is  no  surprise that many Christians have inadvertently
  adopted occult symbolism who should never have done  so.  We
  find  that  many  religious  groups  use crosses such as the
  squared red (and other colors) cross, which was  the  symbol
  for  the  Knights Templar and other occult groups. Many wear
  jewelry, which, according to Cathy Burns, has its origins in
  the  occult  and  was worn generally for protection as cited
  above  or  other   similar   ideas.   From   gemstones   and
  birthstones,  which  are  based  on  the  occult,  to  cross
  necklaces, pendants and nativity  charms,  to  the  star  of
  David, we see Christians adopt paganism that is forbidden to
  all. 22.

  Isaiah 42:8

  "I am the Lord: that is my name: and my  glory  will  I  not
  give to another, neither my praise to graven images."

  The physical symbol of the cross, often with a crown, and in
  various forms has also been used as an occult symbol.

  "...In Gaul we find the cross to have been  a  solar  symbol
  when it had equal arms and angles; to the Phoenicians it was
  an instrument of sacrifice to their god, Baal;  and  to  the
  Egyptians, the crux ansata was his symbol of eternal life…"

  23.

  We  need  no symbolism. We have Jesus Christ and the Word of
  God as a daily reminder. We are to  abstain  from  even  the
  appearance of evil.

  1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

  "Prove  all  things;  hold  fast that which is good. Abstain
  from all appearance of evil."

  Kabbalah Hexagrams Today

  Deuteronomy 18:10-12

  "There shall not be found among you any one that maketh  his
  son  or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth
  divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter , or  a
  witch, Or

  a  charmer  ,  or  a  consulter  with familiar spirits, or a
  wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these  things  are
  an abomination to the Lord."

  While  the  information  presented  has spoken of historical
  manuscripts and clearly  Kabbalist  websites,  the  question
  must   be   answered   as  to  whether  talismans,  amulets,
  incantations and other occult practices  are  being  further
  mainstreamed,  in  Jewish  culture  and  adapted  for use by
  Messianic or Hebrew Roots  organizations.  From  the  Spring
  1999,  "THE  SOURCE  FOR EVERYTHING JEWISH catalogue, we see
  some of the items which reflect today's  interest  in  these
  practices.

  Filigree Hand Amulet Pendant. "Hamsa amulet is said to offer
  protection from the "evil eye." [An inquiry re:  Hamsa,  --a
  customer  was  told  by  the  Jewish  salesperson  that  the
  protection wasn't guaranteed but she wears several  to  keep
  evil away and, "they only work if you believe in them" &
  "… it's the same deal with Christians who wear crosses." ]

  Celestial Star Pendant

  [a star of David necklace]

  Three Symbols Amulet Pendant - "Hamsa (the Arabic  word  for
  "five")  --  symbolizing the protective hand of the Almighty
  -- holds Magen David [Star of David] and  Chai  (the  Hebrew
  word for "life") "

  "The  Haggadah  of  Passover  with Pop-up Spreads": "Adapted
  from the

  Bird's Head Haggadah, dating back to 13th  century  Germany.
  That  historic  manuscript  was  known for its illustrations
  showing the Hebrews with Birds' heads." 24

  In the book section of this  current  catalogue,  under  the
  heading of "Meditation & Healing," we find the promotion
  of meditation techniques and many "New Age" concepts:

  "Sterling "Healing Hand" Pendant : " The  symbol  originated
  in  ancient India and represents the henna patterns of India
  and Africa. Energy radiates out from the central symbol-- in
  this  case,  a  Star  of David -- which sends healing energy
  where it is needed most."

  "Everyday Kabbalah, A Personal Guide To  Jewish  Meditation,
  Healing   and   Personal   Growth   ."  by  Melinda  Ribner.
  Step-by-step manual integrating the spiritual  teaching  and
  meditation  lessons  of  the  Musar, Hasidic and Kabbalistic
  schools.

  "Meditation--From The Heart of  Judaism"  "Edited  by  Avram
  Davis. In their own words,

  22 masters of meditation- - rabbis, scholars, psychologists,
  teachers-- explain both the "how" and  the  "why"  of  their
  techniques."

  "Minding  The  Temple  of the Soul" by : " Tamar Frankel and
  Judy Greenfield. Tap the power of the  Jewish  tradition  to
  awaken  the  body,  balance  the mind, and connect the soul.
  Simple   exercises   and    movements,    meditations    and
  visualizations …"

  "Star of David Harmony Bell": "Since its creation in ancient
  times, the chiming sphere has served as a meditative  device
  effective  in  reducing  stress.  Listening to its melodious
  sound while holding the metal sphere in  the  palm  of  your
  hand is a truly soothing experience."

  "Satin  Finish  Sterling  Protective Amulets" : "…protection
  against  the   "evil-eye."   "Guard   Us"   Pendant   Hebrew
  calligraphy  translates  as--  "GUARD US FROM ALL EVIL, FROM
  ALL FEAR AND FROM ALL ILLNESS."

  "Sterling El-Shaddai Amulet Pendant":  "Mystical  object  is
  meant  to offer protection to the wearer. " SHADDAI-- one of
  the names of the  Almighty--  appears  in  many  Kabbalistic
  formulas."

  "Hebrew-English  Ruby Amulet Rings" : "14k gold and sterling
  silver with ruby gemstone. According to Kabbalah,  the  ruby
  offers  the  wearer  special protection from the "evil eye,"
  preserves health of body and soul, guards in  pregnancy  and
  childbirth, and protects from bad dreams..

  "Guard Us" Ring Heb-Eng engraving-- "GUARD US FROM ALL EVIL,
  FROM ALL FEAR AND FROM ALL ILLNESS" 25.

  The question that must be asked is: Why  are  Hebrew  Roots,
  Messianic and many other "religious" organizations using the
  hexagram as the symbol for their logo, often  with  a  book,
  presumably  a  Bible  or  Talmud,  laid  open  upon  it,  or
  portrayed with other Hebrew figures or  symbols  within  it?
  How many will continue to do so, even if warned? How many in
  HR  leadership  are  sporting  such  articles  as   hexagram
  pendants  or  amulets and rings for the very purposes listed
  above. These things are not sold for any other purposes, but
  those listed in the Jewish Catalogue.  

  Modern Dissemination of Magic

  Although  rejected  by  many  "traditional  Kabbalists", Dr.
  Philip S. Berg, mentioned above, is significant  in  today's
  dissemination  of  Kabbalah teachings to the general public.
  From the CHRISTIAN NEWS, of Monday, February 1, 1999 we read
  that  Dr.  Berg's  influence  through  the Kabbalah learning
  Center is widespread:

  1)The Kabbalah Learning Center (KLC) has attracted  national
  attention for its celebrity studded events and participation
  (including the singer Madonna and comedienne Roseanne).  But
  increasingly the organization is the center of attention and
  criticism  for  its  effort  to  rework  traditional  Jewish
  Mysticism   for   modern   Jewish  and  non-Jewish  seekers.
  Anti-cultists and Jewish watchdog group "Jews  for  Judaism"
  have  claimed  that  the  KLC engages in unethical behavior.
  KLC's founder Rabbi Phillip Berg is alleged to have  advised
  members  to  pay  the  group large sums of money and divorce
  their spouses under his "divine" direction. The KLC is  also
  partaking in the current millennial fervor: Berg teaches the
  world's end might arrive on September 11,1999. If,  however,
  mankind  takes  to  "sharing"  more and studying kabbalistic
  texts,  the  species  may  be  spared."   (Source:   FactNet
  Newsletter, October/December; Sunday NewYork Times Magazine,
  December 27). Religion Watch, P.O. Box 652, North  Bellmore,
  N.Y. 11710)"

  Isaac B. Singer, author of, "Great Mysteries of the Cabala,"
  (which is being promoted for Grade six children through  the
  Jr.  Great  Books  program) has also been mentioned. A brief
  Review and some quotes from, A DAY OF PLEASURE: STORIES OF A
  BOY  GROWING  UP  IN  WARSAW,  allows some insights into the
  upbringing of this Kabbalist author.

  "… The Singers were Hasidic Jews. Singer's  mother's  father
  was  the  Rabbi of Bilgoray, near Lublin (Poland) His mother
  cut her hair short and wore a wig (matron's wig) as  do  the
  other  married  women  of the Hassidim. (they still do) As a
  child, he studied the Talmud for  his  schoolbooks  and  was
  taught  mostly  religion.  His father sat throughout the day
  studying  the  Talmud.  In  his  home,  his  father  had   a
  rabbinical   court.  Isaac  was  taught  that  if  the  Jews
  conducted themselves piously, the  Messiah  would  come  and
  they  would  all  return to Israel. Theodore Herzl (Zionist)
  died the year Singer was born. Herzl preached that Jews must
  not  wait  for the coming of the Messiah but should start to
  build Palestine by themselves. (the land  belonged  then  to
  the  Turks)  There  were  revolutionaries  on his street who
  wanted to get rid of the Tsar of  Russia  (Communists).  His
  father  would  tell  stories  about  miracles  performed  by
  rabbis; of ghosts, devils and imps. "In this way  he  wanted
  to  strengthen  our  belief  in God and in the good and evil
  powers who reign in the  world."  "In  our  home  there  was
  always  talk  about  spirits  of  the  dead that possess the
  bodies of the living, souls reincarnated as animals,  houses
  inhabited  by  hobgoblins,  cellars haunted by demons." "One
  day, when I was about eight,  he[father]  told  us  a  story
  found  in one of the holy books - by Rabbi Eliyahu Graidiker
  - [adept kabbalist] or one of the other Graidiker sages. The
  story  was about a girl possessed by four demons. They could
  be seen crawling around in her intestines,  blowing  up  her
  belly  - slithering into her legs...The Rabbi of Graidik had
  exorcized the evil spirits with the  blowing  of  the  ram's
  horn,  with  incantations,  and the incense of magic herbs."
  …His  mother  took  him  to  be  blessed  against  the  evil
  eye…Singer boasts that, "Not only could I read a page of the
  Talmud by myself, I kept trying my father's volumes  of  the
  Cabala,  still  without  understanding much" [at age 10] His
  friend Mendel was, "richer than any Rothschild." He  told  a
  friend, "I know the Cabala...I can recite a spell and fly up
  in the air...There is one spell that  if  you  utter  it..."
  "Neighbors...spit to ward off the evil eye" "The Talmud says
  it is wrong to consider David a  sinner..."  "The  world  is
  full of transmigrant souls..." 26.

  The  secret gnostic doctrines of Kabbalah are perversions of
  the true doctrines of Scripture, of which, "…they  that  are
  unlearned  and  unstable  wrest,  as  they do also the other
  scriptures, unto their own destruction." (II Pet. 3:16)

  We know that God does not contradict Himself. When God  said
  to   not  be  involved  in  sorcery,  magic,  astrology  and
  paganism, because they were  an  abomination  to  Him,  this
  writer believes He meant it.

  Galatians 5:19-21

  "Now  the  works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
  Adultery,    fornication,    uncleanness,    lasciviousness,
  Idolatry,  witchcraft, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions,
  heresies, Envyings, murders,  drunkenness,  revellings,  and
  such  like:  of  the which I tell you before, as I have also
  told you in time past, that they which do such things  shall
  not inherit the kingdom of God."

  The Tetragrammaton

  Isaiah 26:4

  "Trust  ye  in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is
  everlasting strength:"

  Much of the interpretation and  mystical  practices  of  the
  oral   Torah   are   related   to   the  Name  of  God.  The
  Tetragrammaton  or  Schem   Hamphorasch   refers   to   what
  Kabbalists  and  many Orthodox Jews call the Ineffable Name.
  The four-lettered name of God, in Hebrew is, "yod, he,  vau,
  he",  or  in  English  capitals  YHVH,  although some occult
  sources say it's IHVH. Others also state that  the  YHVH  is
  "yood,  hey,  vood, hey." According to various writings, the
  true ancient pronunciation is now unknown since it has  been
  believed  that  the  Name  was  too  sacred to be written or
  pronounced by the profane. In reading the  sacred  writings,
  the  term  'Adonai'  was  substituted  for that reason. That
  teaching is also why Hebrew Roots  and  Messianic  adherents
  write God as "G-d."

  We read in Exodus 33:19 and then 34:5-6

  "And  the  Lord  descended  in the cloud, and stood with him
  there, and proclaimed the name of the  Lord.  And  the  Lord
  passed  by  before  him,  and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord
  God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and  abundant  in
  goodness and truth."

  And in the New Testament: Philippians 2:10 -11

  "That  at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things
  in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the  earth;
  And  that  every  tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is
  Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

  Quoting various  sources,  Nesta  Webster  states  that  the
  'real'  Name  of  God  was  hidden  from  the people for the
  reasons stated above.

  "…The Tetragrammaton might only be uttered once  a  year  on
  the  Day  of  Atonement  by  the  High Priest in the Holy of
  Holies  amid  the  sound  of  trumpets  and  cymbals,  which
  prevented  the  people  from  hearing it. It is said that in
  consequence  of  the  people  thus   refraining   from   its
  utterance,  the  true  pronunciation of the name was at last
  lost. The Jews further believed that the Tetragrammaton  was
  possessed  by unbounded powers. "He who pronounces it shakes
  heaven  and  earth  and  inspires  the  very   angels   with
  astonishment   and   terror."2.  "The  Ineffable  Name  thus
  conferred miraculous gifts; it was engraved on  the  rod  of
  Moses and enabled him to perform wonders, just as, according
  to the Toledut  Yeshu,  it  conferred  the  same  powers  on
  Christ…" 27.

  From other information, we know that the sages, who promoted
  this belief, were mystics, many of whom  also  believed  the
  entire   Torah   was  the  Name  of  God.  Through  gematria
  permutations and other practices, "72 names  of  God"  could
  also be discovered. The Divine or Ineffable Name is believed
  to be known only by  those  adepts  that  qualify  for  that
  secret  initiation  and  knowledge and these are believed to
  become endowed with "magical powers" by uttering or  writing
  it.

  Freemason,  Albert  Mackey, associated the Ineffable Name of
  God with the point within  the  circle  or  the  male/female
  princilple,  as  quoted  in  Cathy  Burns' HIDDEN SECRETS OF
  FREEMASONRY:

  "The  Ineffable  Name  of  God   in   Hebrew,   being   read
  Cabalistically,  included  within itself the male and female
  principle, the generative and prolific energy  of  creation;
  and  here  we have, again, the widely-spread equivalent, the
  point within the circle, and another pregnant proof  of  the
  connection  between  Freemasonry and the ancient Mysteries."
  28.

  Cathy Burns again quotes Albert Mackey, who  refers  to  the
  male/female   aspect   of   God   as   represented   by  the
  Tetragrammaton:

  "[The   Tetragrammaton]...is   supposed   to   denote    the
  hermaphroditic  essence  of  Jehovah  as  containing  within
  himself the male and female principle." 29.

  From articles such as, Kabbalah  and  Jewish  Mysticism,  we
  learn  of  legends  in the Talmud and Zohar about rabbis who
  uttered or wrote the Tetragrammaton and thereby "created  an
  artificial  man."  There  are  also  Talmudic  and Kabbalist
  stories of rabbis creating animals for food and  other  such
  legends by use of the "Name".

  "The   Talmud   and   other   sources  ascribe  supernatural
  activities to many great rabbis. Some  rabbis  pronounced  a
  name of G-d and ascended into heaven to consult with the G-d
  and the angels  on  issues  of  great  public  concern.  One
  scholar is said to have created an artificial man [Golem] by
  reciting various names of G-d. Much later stories tell of  a
  rabbi  who  created a man out of clay and brought it to life
  by putting in its mouth a piece of paper with a name of  G-d
  on  it. However, this area of Kabbalah is known by very few,
  and practiced by even fewer." 30.

  Many sources claim that these "golem" did not  have  a  real
  soul, because that would be unacceptable—to create what only
  God is able to do. These acts  were  considered  permissible
  and  are  not considered to be the same as those involved in
  Black magic, although no explanation  is  given  as  to  the
  difference.  Some  suggest  it  simply  showed  the  adept's
  ability to be close to God's wisdom  and  creative  ability.
  These  sages  are  considered  to  be  Holy  men  and  above
  reproach. Others state that these 'creations' were a form of
  initiation  and  proved the adepts knowledge of the Name and
  other issues.

  Gershom Scholem suggests that while many created the "golem"
  from  the  earth, others were able to produce the "creature"
  by "influx of the alphabet"--out of thin air.  Many  stories
  recount that the "golem" was made to "work" or accompany the
  adept, although few "golem" are reported to have the ability
  of  "speech".  Polish  stories  particularly  focus  on  the
  'golem' as a mute worker who was able  to  follow  commands.
  According to Scholem (p.172), it was this parallel in Jewish
  golem and alchemy that finally led to  Paracelsus'  idea  of
  the "homunculus." These wax or clay figures were employed in
  back magic to inflict injury on enemies.

  Behind the preoccupation of modern science with cloning lies
  the  Kabbalistic  art  of  alchemy  for  eugenics  purposes.
  Progress in this occult science is now being  realised  with
  the  cloning  of  the  first  human  embryo  at  the Rosslin
  Institute, which is near the site of the Rosslyn  Chapel  in
  Scotland, the holiest shrine of the Knights Templars. 

  According  to  the  Toledot  Yeshu and similar writings, the
  miracles of Christ are a reflection  of  His  possession  of
  this  same  "mastery"  over  the Name, no different than any
  other "adept."

  Masters of the Name

  Isaiah 47:10

  "For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness:  thou  hast  said,
  None  seeth  me.  Thy  wisdom  and  thy  knowledge,  it hath
  perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and
  none else beside me."

  Historical  records  reveal  many  Jewish adepts who made an
  impact on their peers by their magical  abilities,  although
  many  orthodox  Jews  rejected  their feats as charlatanism.
  However, their magical abilities were also the  impetus  for
  various  movements  which  divided the Jews over whether the
  particular adept was indeed the long awaited Messiah.

  These adepts were called Masters of the Name or Baal  Shems.
  The  term,  "Baal Shem means that the person was regarded as
  expert in the 'practical  kabbalah'  or  magic.  'Baal  Shem
  means  literally  one  who is master of the name of God, who
  knows how to employ it." 31.

  Citing from "The Harmsworth Encyclopœdia" and the "Diary  of
  Samuel  Pepys",  Webster  recounts  the  origins of the term
  "Master of the Name".

  "Since the sixteenth century the great  mass  of  Jewry  had
  settled  in  Poland,  and  a  succession of miracle- workers
  known by the name of Zaddikim or Ba'al Shems had arisen. The
  latter   word,  which  signifies  "  Master  of  the  Name,"
  originated with the German Polish Jews and was derived  from
  the  Cabalistic  belief  in the miraculous use of the sacred
  name of Jehovah, known as the Tetragrammaton."

  "According  to  Cabalistic  traditions,  certain   Jews   of
  peculiar  sanctity  or  knowledge were able with impunity to
  make use of the Divine Name. A Ba'al Shem was therefore  one
  who  had  acquired  this  power  and  employed it in writing
  amulets, invoking spirits, and prescribing cures for various
  diseases.  Poland  and  particularly Podolia---which had not
  yet been ceded to Russia---became thus a centre of  Cabalism
  where a series of extraordinary movements of a mystical kind
  followed each other. In 1666, when  the  Messianic  era  was
  still believed to be approaching, the whole Jewish world was
  convulsed by the sudden appearance of Shabbethai Zebi ,  the
  son  of a poulterer in Smyrna named Mordecai, who proclaimed
  himself the promised Messiah and rallied to  his  support  a
  huge  following  not  only  amongst  the  Jews of Palestine,
  Egypt, and Eastern Europe, but even the hard-headed Jews  of
  the Continental bourses. 1. Samuel Pepys in his Diary refers
  to the bets made amongst the Jews in London on  the  chances
  of  " a certain person now in Smyrna, " being acclaimed King
  of the World and the true Messiah. 2 " 32.

  Just as the Dalai Lama is said to exude an exquisite perfume
  or  odor,  so  too are Baal Shems noted. Shabbethai dared to
  proclaim himself to be God. From  the  Jewish  Encyclopœdia,
  article on Shabbethai Zebi, we learn of his fate.

  "…  Shabbethai,  who  was  an  expert  Cabalist  and had the
  temerity to utter the Ineffable Name Jehovah, was said to be
  possessed  of  marvelous  powers,  his skin exuded exquisite
  perfume, he indulged perpetually in sea-bathing and lived in
  a  state of chronic ecstasy. The pretensions of Shabbethai ,
  who took the title of " King of the Kings of  the  Earth  ,"
  split  Jewry  in  two;  many  Rabbi's  launched imprecations
  against him and those who had believed in him were  bitterly
  disillusioned  when,  challenged  by the Sultan to prove his
  claim to be the Messiah by allowing poisoned  arrows  to  be
  shot  at  him,  he  suddenly  renounced the Jewish faith and
  proclaimed himself a Mohammedan.  His  conversion,  however,
  appeared  to  be only partial, for "at times he would assume
  the role of the pious  Mohammedan  and  revile  Judaism;  at
  others  he  would  enter  into relations with Jews as one of
  their own faith. "3  By  this  means  the  he  retained  the
  allegiance  both of Moslems and of the Jews. But the Rabbis,
  alarmed for the cause of Judaism, succeeded in obtaining his
  incarceration by the Sultan in a castle near Belgrade, where
  he died of colic in 1676." 1." 33.

  Isaiah 47: 12-14

  "Stand now with thine enchantments, and with  the  multitude
  of  thy  counsels.  Let now the astrologers, the stargazers,
  the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and  save  thee  from
  these  things  that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall
  be as stubble; the fire shall  burn  them;  they  shall  not
  deliver  themselves from the power of the flame: there shall
  not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it."

  Baal Shem Tov

  It should be noted that historically, while there  had  been
  great   dissension  over  the  Kabbalah,  when  the  Spanish
  Kabbalist, Nahmanides, proclaimed his support and taught it,
  most open protests eventually ceased. Nesta Webster recounts
  how Baal Shems continued to appear, one of the most  notable
  being Baal Shem Tob:

  "…  This  prosaic  ending  to  the  career  of  the  Messiah
  [Shabbethai] did not,  however,  altogether  extinguish  the
  enthusiasm   of   his  followers,  and  Shabbethan  movement
  continued into the next century. In  Poland  Cabalism  broke
  out  with  renewed  energy;  fresh  Zaddikim and Ba'al Shems
  arose, the most noted of these men, Israel of Podolia, known
  as  Ba'al  Shem  Tob, or by the initial letters of his name,
  Besht, who founded his sect of Hasidism in 1740.

  Besht, whilst opposing bigoted Rabbinism  and  claiming  the
  Zohar  as his inspiration, did not, however, adhere strictly
  to the doctrine of the  Cabala  that  the  universe  was  an
  emanation of God, but evolved a form of Pantheism, declaring
  that the whole universe was God, that even  evil  exists  in
  God since evil is not bad in itself but only in its relation
  to Man; sin therefore has no positive  existence.  2.  As  a
  result  the followers of Besht, calling themselves the " New
  Saints," and at his death numbering  no  less  than  40,000,
  …3…" 34

  We   find   Baal  Shem  Tov  listed  with  Hillel,  Shammai,
  Maimonides, Rashi and others who are  considered  the  great
  sages  or  mystics  of Judaism. Theirs is the ancient wisdom
  that encompasses the oral traditions, which many are turning
  to in the Hebrew Roots Movement.

  Gershom Scholem also references Baal Shem Tov as the founder
  of the Polish Hasidic movement and relates  that  a  "spirit
  guide" taught him:

  "Israel Baal Shem, founder of the Hasidic movement in Poland
  and Russia." On another page, " Israel  Ba'al  Shem  is  the
  most   celebrated  of  all  the  Jewish  mystics  of  recent
  centuries"--the founder of Polish Hasidism." "...he  had  no
  teacher  of  flesh  and  blood to guide him on his way---the
  only spiritual guide he ever  alluded  to  was  the  Prophet
  Ahijah of Shiloh, with whom he was in constant spiritual and
  visionary contact. In short he was a pure lay mystic..." 35.

  Not only was Baal Shem Tov more than an adept peasant, but a
  scholar of the Talmud and Kabbalah. Tzvi Freeman relates the
  struggle for  acceptance  of  Kabbalah  and  how  eventually
  adepts like Baal Shem Tov became famous today.

  "There  was a time when mysticism was considered irrational,
  bizarre, archaic and  certainly  not  for  the  respectable,
  modern  gentleman  to  be  caught dead in. "Emancipated" and
  "Enlightened" Jews, therefore, denounced the  Kaballa.  They
  called  the  Zohar  the  "Book of Lies". They created a myth
  that the Kaballa was the creation of a  lunatic  fringe  and
  was  entirely  grown from alien roots. They even went so far
  as to claim that Jews had never believed in  Mystical  union
  with   the   Ein   Sof,  reincarnation,  life  after  death,
  meditation, etc., etc… The Baal Shem Tov and  the  chassidic
  movement  was  a  big thorn in the side of these politically
  correct Jews. Too mystical. Too far off the edge.  And  much
  too popular…"

  "At  first  they  tried  to  deny the Baal Shem Tov had ever
  existed…" 36.

  Freeman declares that Kabbalah is central to Judaism thought
  and  that for the past 600 years most rabbinic scholars have
  openly taught its doctrine. He states that the sages of  the
  Talmud  were indeed mystics of Kabbalist meaning, not merely
  scholars, as some would have us believe.

  "…Kaballa is as central to Judaism as  the  sun  is  to  the
  solar  system,  as a heart is to a body, as Human Liberty is
  to America…"

  "The sages of the Talmud were mystics, as is clear from many
  of  the  tales  told  therein.  Since the time of the Ramban
  (Nachmanides) almost every classic Jewish scholar has openly
  espoused the teachings of the Kaballa…."

  "Every  classic  attempt  to  explain  Judaism  in depth has
  resorted to mystical terms. Every such attempt over the last
  600 or so years has resorted to the language of Kaballa."

  "The  Baal  Shem  Tov  was a student of the Kaballa of Rabbi
  Yitzchaak Luria, the "Arizal" -- as  were  so  many  of  his
  contemporary  scholars.  It  amazes  me  how so many authors
  could have imagined even for a moment that the teacher of so
  many  great  scholars  -- such as Rabbis Yoseph Polnoye, Dov
  Ber of Mezritch, Levi Yitzchaak of Berdichev and  others  --
  could have been any less a scholar himself." 37.

  Freeman  also  affirms that there was a group of scholars of
  the Talmud and Kaballah, who hid their identities and  their
  true purpose.

  "He [Baal Shem Tov] was involved from his early youth with a
  society of "hidden tzaddikim" who were  scholars  of  Talmud
  and  Kaballa  and  travelled about incognito in an effort to
  resurrect the Jewish life of Eastern Europe that  was  still
  licking its wounds from the tragic pogroms of 1648-49…" 38.

  The Jewish Encyclopœdia and many other sources, recount that
  there were many other Baal Shem's or Masters  of  the  Name.
  Many  had  followers  that  used  their magical abilities to
  advantage.

  "Another Ba'al Shem of the same period was  Heilprin,  alias
  Joel  Ben  Uri  of  Satanov,  who,  like  Israel of Podolia,
  professed to perform miracles by the use of the Divine  Name
  and  collected  around him many pupils, who, on the death of
  their master, " formed a band of charlatans and  shamelessly
  exploited the credulity of their contemporaries. "4 " 39.

  Chief of all the Jews

  One  of  the most famous and important to this discussion of
  Baal Shems, is one who resided in London. The famous  "Ba'al
  Shem  of  London,"  was  a  Cabalist Jew named Hayyim Samuel
  Jacob Falk, also called Dr.Falk, Falc, de  falk,  or  Falkon
  and  who  was  born  in  1708, probably in Podolia. Falk was
  known as " the Chief of  all  the  Jews."  His  fellow  Jews
  regarded  him  as  an  adherent  of the "Messiah" Shabbethai
  Zebi. 40a.

  The following is a summary of an account of the  "Baal  Shem
  of  London"  from the Jewish Encyclopœdia, as sited by Nesta
  Webster.

  "…Falk claimed to possess thaumaturgic powers and to be able
  to discover hidden treasure, Archenholz (England und Italien
  I, 249) recounts certain marvels which he had seen performed
  by  Falk  in  Brunswick and which he attributes to a special
  knowledge of chemistry. In Westphalia at one time  Falk  was
  sentenced  to  be  burned  as  a  sorcerer,  but  escaped to
  England. Here he was received with hospitality  and  rapidly
  gained   fame  as  a  Cabalist  and  worker  of  miracles…an
  incantation would fill his cellar with coal; plate left with
  pawnbroker  would  glide  back  into  his house. When a fire
  threatened to destroy the Great Synagogue,  he  averted  the
  disaster  by  writing  four Hebrew letters on the pillars of
  the door…" [Obviously the Tetragrammaton]" 40b.

  Falk died April 17, 1782 with the following epitaph  on  his
  grave, which:

  "…bears  witness  to his excellence and orthodoxy": "Here is
  interred…the aged and honourable man, a great personage  who
  came  from  the  East,  an  accomplished  Sage,  an adept in
  Cabbalah…His name was known to the ends  of  the  earth  and
  distant isles,…" 41.

  There  is  a portrait of Falk in the Jewish Encyclopœdia, of
  which Nesta Webster makes these observations of his  use  of
  the double triangle:

  "…in  the  curious portrait of the great Ba'al Shem appended
  we see him holding in his hand the pair  of  compasses,  and
  before  him,  on the table at which he is seated, the double
  triangle or Seal of Solomon known amongst the Jews  as  "the
  Shield  of  David",  which  forms  an  important  emblem  in
  masonry…" 42.

  We know that the Shield of David  is  none  other  than  the
  Hexagram,  and  have  already  established  some  of its use
  within Freemasonry above.

  We must ask the question as  to  how  a  Cabalist  adept,  a
  Master  of  the  Name  or  Baal  Shem,  is  also  known as a
  Freemason, with known connections to the Illuminati. We must
  ask, Is there solid historical evidence that unites not only
  the Kabbala and Freemasonry, but also the Illuminati? Do the
  mystery religions of the East play the uniting role? Through
  this, will we discover why the teachings or  wisdom  of  the
  ancients,  which clearly comes from documented Kabbalist and
  occult sources,  is  being  promoted  by  Hebrew  Roots  and
  associated groups, unknowingly or otherwise?

  Secret Meanings

  Isaiah 45:19

  "I  have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth:
  I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the
  Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right."

  Throughout  this  series,  there  have been many quotes from
  Kabalistic sources  which  state  that  the  term  Qabbalah,
  Kabbalah, cabala or its many variations means, "to receive."
  The suggested Hebrew term used is QBLH,  which  is  said  to
  refer  to  the custom of handing down the esoteric tradition
  by oral transmission and is nearly allied to "tradition". We
  know  that Kabbalah is about a secret doctrine restricted to
  adepts and their initiates, which is passed down through the
  ages.     Certain     information    is    being    publicly
  disseminated--but much remains hidden.

  Strong's Concordance reveals  that  the  term  'qabal'  does
  mean, "to receive" among other things. It is a Chaldean word
  and it is noteworthy that the Jewish Encyclopœdia article on
  Cabala associates the term with miracle working cults:

  "… All these ideas derived from very ancient cults; even the
  act of working miracles by the use of the Divine Name, which
  after the appropriation of the Cabala by the Jews became the
  particular practice of Jewish miracle  workers,  appears  to
  have originated in Chaldea. " 43

  Babylon  and  Chaldea  were  both  judged  by  God for their
  corruption and paganism. Of further note, is the  fact  that
  the  term  "Cabal"  has  been  assimilated  into the English
  language. A dictionary definition states:

  Cabal (ke bal).n. v. -balled,-bal-ling---n. a small group of
  people  working or plotting in secret. 2. A secret scheme of
  such  a  group;  plot.  v.  form  such  a  group;  conspire;
  [<F> Med.L. cabbala See:CABALA ] ---Syn.n. 1. Faction,
  junto, conspiracy. (junto means-a political faction; a group
  of plotters…") 44

  Cabala…  n.  a  secret  religious  philosophy  of the Jewish
  rabbis,   based   on   a    mystical    interpretation    of
  Scriptures…<Hebrew qabbalah tradition] 45.

  If  we turn to Strong's Concordance and look at the Chaldean
  spelling of "cabal", with a "c" rather than qabal, we see an
  interesting correlation to the first dictionary definition.

  2254  - Chabal---khaw-bal; a prim. root; to wind tightly (as
  a rope) i.e. to bind; spec. by a pledge;  fig.  to  pervert,
  destroy;    als.    to    writhe    in   pain   (espec.   of
  parturition)…bring forth (deal)  corrupt,  destroy,  offend,
  lay to (take a) pledge, spoil, travail, x very, withhold.

  2255   --chabal   (Chald)   khab-al;  corresp  to  2254;  to
  ruin--destroy, hurt.

  2256 chebel , kheh-bel; or;

  chebel (khay-bel) from 2254--a rope (as twisted)  espec.,  a
  measuring  line;  by  impl.  a  district  or inheritance (as
  measured) or a noose (as of chords) fig. a  company  (as  if
  tied  together)  also  a  throe (espec. of parturition) also
  ruin…

  2257 chabal (Chald), khab-al; from 2255; harm  (personal  or
  pecuniary):-damage.

  Kabbalah, Freemasonry and the Illuminati are built on secret
  and layered meanings, symbolism, initiation and other occult
  teachings. Is it possible that the various definitions could
  be applied to  each?  As  we  look  to  history  the  secret
  societies  of  adepts,  which have brought many into bondage
  through  initiation  into  theosophy,  must  be  considered.
  Sadly,  even  with  the  evidence already presented in these
  articles, many will reject any notion that these connections
  relate  to  their various groups. For the sake of the others
  who will be instructed, the following sections will  examine
  the  further  connections  and  roots  of  the  Hebrew Roots
  movement.

   Psalm 119:1-2

  "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in  the  law
  of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and
  that seek him with the whole heart."

   

  Footnotes

  S.  L.  McGregor  Mathers,  Introduction  to  the   Kabbalah
  Unveiled;

  www.webvs.com/hogd/kabalah_unveiled.html

  A.E. Waite, The Real History of the Rosicrucians, p. 293. As
  cited in Nesta Webster, op.cit. p. 84.

  Ibid.

  David            Conway,            Ritual            Magic;
  http://marlowe.wimsey.com/rshand/streams/thera/canaan.html

  Nesta H. Webster, op.cit., p. 8

  Books on Qabalah; www.webcom.com/hermit/page/book.htm

  Ibid.

  Gershom Scholem, "On The Kabbalah And Its Symbolism ," p.130
  , Schocken Books, 1965/1996

  Ibid.

  Ibid. p. 130, 131, p. 132

  Promise Keepers News October 1997 Article:"Stand in the Gap:
  What Can I Expect?"

  'The  Shofar'  by  Rav  Shlomo  Aviner  Ateret  Cohanim; The
  Jerusalem Reclamation Project; Translated from 'Tal Chermon'
  by Bracha Slae.;

  ateret@ateret.jer1.co.il;

  http://www.ateret.jer1.co.il

  Webster, op. cit., p. 13

  J.Davila; Ancient Magic, Part III, Jewish Magic;

  www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~www_sd/magic.html )]

  The Senior Dictionary; W.J.Gage Limited, Toronto

  Colin Low; Kabbalah Faq; February 1996;

  www.digital-brilliance.com/Kab/index.htm

  Dr.  Cathy Burns, Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated; p.
  31-41; Sharing; 1998,

  Ibid.

  Private Email--used with permission  by  the  correspondent.
  Wed. February 24/99

  Dr. C. Burns, p. 39; Masonic and Occult Symbols

  Mystic Masonry, 1913, p. 244-45; As cited Burns, op.cit., p.
  215;

  Burns, op.cit., p. 293-310; p.349,350, 351, p.312

  Burns, op. cit, p.349

  "THE SOURCE FOR EVERYTHING JEWISH  catalogue  (Early  Spring
  1999)  Herschel I. Strauss President, Hamakor Judaica, Inc.,
  also:

  http://www.jewishsource.com/

  Ibid.

  Private Review of DAY OF PLEASURE: STORIES OF A BOY  GROWING
  UP  IN  WARSAW;  Isaac Bashevis Singer. Published by Farrar,
  Straus and Giroux of New York 1969

  (2) Mackey, Lexicon of Freemasonry,  p.  156;  as  Cited  in
  Webster op.cit., p.167

  Cathy  Burns' HIDDEN SECRETS OF FREEMASONRY, p. 309, quoting
  Albert Mackey's SYMBOLS OF FREEMASONRY, p. 188:

  Ibid. Cathy Burns, p. 309; Mackey, p. 339:

  Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism;

  http://baptist1.com/judaism/kabbalah.htm >

  Gershom Scholem, "  On  The  Kabbalah  And  Its  Symbolism,"
  p.200, Schocken Books, 1965/1996

  (1)Harmsworth  Encyclopaedia,  article on Jews. (2) Diary of
  Samuel Pepys, date of February 19, 1666.; As  Cited  Webster
  op.cit.,   p.  181  (3)  Jewish  Encyclopaedia,  article  on
  Shabbethai Zebi B. Mordecai.

  (3)Jewish  Encyclopaedia,  article  on  Shabbethai  Zebi  B.
  Mordecai.;  (1)  Henry  Hart  Milman,  History  of  the Jews
  (Everyman's Library), Vol.II, p.  445;  As  cited,  Webster,
  op.cit., p. 181-182

  (2)Jewish  Encyclopoedia,  article  on  Ba'al  Shem  Tob (3)
  Milman, op.cit.,II. 446; As Cited Webster, op.cit. p.182.

  Scholem, op.cit., p.26

  Tzvi Freeman, Article:Baal Shem Tov; 1991; Chabad  Lubavitch
  in Cyberspace;

  www.chabad.org/shavuos/besht.html

  Ibid.

  Ibid.

  (4)Jewish  Encyclopœdia,  article on Heilprin, Joel Ben Uri;
  as Cited in Webster, op.oct, p.182.

  (40a & 40b) Cited in Webster, op.cit, p.185; (1)  Jewish
  Encyclopœdia,  article  on  Falk, of whom a good portrait by
  Copley is given. On Falk se also  Ars  Quatuor  Coronatorum,
  Vol.  XXVI.  Part  I.,pp  98-105,  and  Vol.  XXX.  Part II;
  Transactions of the Jewish  Historical  Society,  Vol.  V.p.
  148.  Article on "The Ba'al Shem of London," by the Rev. Dr.
  H. Adler,  Chief  Rabbi,  and  Vol.  VIII,  "Notes  on  some
  Contemporary  References  to  Dr.  Falk,  the  Ba'al Shem of
  London," in the Rainsford MSS. At the  British  Museum,"  by
  Gordon  P.  G. Hills. The following pages are taken entirely
  from these sources."

  Webster, op. cit., p.188

  Ibid., p. 189

  Jewish Encyclopœdia article on Cabala; as Cited Webster, op.
  cit. p. 13

  The Senior Dictionary; W.J.Gage Limited, Toronto

  Ibid.

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