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Buxtorf (Lexicon of the Talmud) defines the Cabala to be a secret science, which treats in a mystical and enigmatical manner of things divine, angelical, theological, celestial, and metaphysical; the subjects being enveloped in striking symbols and secret modes of teaching.
Much use is made of it in the advanced degrees, and entire Rites have been constructed on its principles.
within, held in adoration by the Mohammedans, as containing the black stone said to have been given by an angel to Abraham.
The word is derived from the Hebrew Kabal, signifying to receive, because it is the doctrine received from the elders.
As they were preparing for his obsequies, a voice was heard from heaven, saying, " Come ye to the marriage of Simon ben Jochai; he is entering into peace, and shall rest in his chamber!
No one, however, dared to write it down till Simon ben Jochai, who lived at the time of the destruction of the second Temple.
The Cabala is divided into two kinds, the Practical and the Theoretieal.
The Practical Cabala is occupied in instructions for the construction of talismans and amulets, and has no connection with Masonic science.
Having been condemned to death by Titus, Rabbi Simon managed to escape with his son, and concealed himself in a cavern, where he remained for twelve years.
Here in this subterranean abode, he occupied himself entirely with the contemplation of the sublime Cabalah, and was constantly visited by the prophet Elias, who disclosed to him some of its secrets, which were still concealed from the theosophical Rabbi.