Kabbalah

Pronunciations

Kabbalah (kah-bah-LAH) listen
Kubbalah (kah-BAH-luh) listen
Kabbalah (Kuh-BUH-luh) listen

Definitions

  • n. A school of thought in Jewish mysticism focusing on the relationship between the Ein Sof and the finite universe.

  • n. A receipt, as for a purchase.

Example Sentences

  • "Kabbalah teaches going beyond the daily rituals and finding a deeper and more spiritual connection to God."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • TH קבלה > Y קבלה kabole

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      Kabalah, Kabbala, Cabala, Kabala, Qaballa, Kabballah, Kabballa, Qabballa, Qabala

Notes

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