The Kabalah was a secret science known to the angels and to God before the creation of the universe. After Adam and Eve fell from grace in the Garden of Eden, an angel taught the wisdom to Adam so that grace and purity might be regained (I notice similarities here between this story and that of Prometheus who brought fire or "divine wisdom" to the human race. I wonder which story came first?) This knowledge Adam passed on to his sons, but was later foigotten or lost.
After the deluge, God not only gave the rainbow as a sign of his covenant with humanity, but also instructed Noah and his sons in the secret knowledge. But, as before, the knowledge was eventually forgotten or lost.
You may by now be seeing a trend developing for the reception and loss of this secret knowledge. Angels instructed Abraham in the wisdom. He, in turn, instructed Isaac and from there it went to Jacob. But during the captivity in Egypt it was again lost.
The knowledge was this time recovered by Moses. Moses, so the story goes, spent forty days on the top of Mount Sinai, and traditionalists wish us to believe that all he obtained from God was two stone tablets with the Decalogue (Ten Commandments) on them! The mystical interpretation is that the first time Moses went up he received the secrets of the Kabalah from God, but destroyed them upon seeing idol worship. He returned to the top of the mountain, but God would not allow Moses to share the secrets of the Kabalah with the common people. Instead, like little children (the name "Children of Israel" is very appropriate in this context) they were told what they could and could not do in the form of the Ten Commandments and the other laws of the Torah. Moses, who already had received the Kabalah, was told that he could only give the secrets to his brother Aaron and the future High Priests of the Hebrews.
As a side note, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the first real, great archaeological discoveries in Egypt took place. People around the world (especially occultists, who at times are not the most level-headed of people) were fascinated by the secrets of ancient Khem. Thus, when they read in the Bible that Moses was educated in Egypt, they assumed that the Kabalah had an Egyptian origin. While it is true that there were mystery schools in Egypt—in fact Pythagoras studied at one—there is no proof that the Kabalah is taken directly from the wisdom of Egypt.
And so it was that the mystical secrets of the Kabalah were kept for hundreds of years by the Hebrew priesthood. But the common Hebrew man and woman did not learn the lessons of the Decalogue and the other laws which God had intended them to learn. Thus, God punished the people of Israel over and over until the destruction of the second Temple in the year 70 A.D. Rome had ordered the destruc tion, and had wanted rabble-rousers and freedom-loving troublemakers rounded up. One of these was a rabbi named Simeon ben (sometimes written "bar") Yochai. He managed to evade the Romans by hiding with his son in a cave for thirteen years (there is a special meaning in the number thirteen which will be revealed later in this course). In the cave these two learned men wrote down the secrets of the Kabalah for the first time in a large set of books entitled The Zohar (Book of Splendor) and the small Sepher Yetzirah (Book of Formation). Later, when publishing became practical, thanks to Gutenberg, these books became available to people all over the world. Thus it was that although the Diaspora, the exile of the Jews throughout the world after the destruction of the second temple, has been decried by most Jews, those of a mystical bent have held that the Diaspora was God's gift to all mankind, because in that way the Jews were able to spread the divine wisdom all over the world rather than keep it hidden in a small section of the Middle East.
I think that this would be a good time to give you a small tale of my personal history. Before I was born, my father decided to change the family name. You see, the family name had been Katz, and as a child he had been kidded in school by being called "pussy Katz." So, after my older brother was born, my father decided to change the family name so his son would not be kidded. But the name Katz is an abbreviation or acronym (in the Kabbalah it is called a Notarikon, of which more will be said later). It is short for fCohain Tzeh-deck (with a vowel added between the initial letters of the two words) and means "righteous priest." Thus, I may be a descendant of the ancient priestly caste, and thus, may by right leam and share the Kabalah. But before you think this bit of knowledge has gone to my head, let me remind you that this "revelation" comes in a section titled "mythological."
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