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


  • n. A Jewish mystical work, sometimes used as a catch-all term for Jewish mysticism. "The Jewish mystical tradition." (JPS)

Example Sentences

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

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • קבלה

    • Who Uses This

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


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


      • 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

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