By the aid of this mysterious science, the lawgiver was enabled to solve the difficulties which arose during his management of the Israelites, in spite of the pilgrimages, wars, and the frequent miseries oi the nation.
This word is frequently written Kabbala, which see. The mystical philosophy or theosophy of the Jews is called the Cabala. The inner as well as the outer structure receives its name from Ka'ab, meaning cube (see Allah).Of all who formed the unbroken line of tradition, David and Solomon were first initiated into the Cabalah.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 Cabalistic teaching of emanation is best understood by an examination of the doctrine of the Sephiroth.
The Supreme Being, say the Cabalists, is an absolute and inscrutable unity, having nothing without him and everything within him. In this infinitude he cannot be comprehended by the intellect, nor described in words intelligible by human minds, so as to make his existence perceptible.
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.
And when the remains were deposited in the tomb, another voice was heard from heaven, saying, "This is he who caused the earth to quake and the kingdoms to shake!
" His son, Rabbi Eliezer, and his secretary, Rabbi Abba, as well as his disciples, then collated Rabbi Simon ben Jochai's treatises, and out of these composed the celebrated work called Sohar, that is, Splendor, which is the grand storehouse of Cabalism.
Hence it demands a place in any general work on Freemasonry.