The term Kabbalah refers to a large variety of cultural products and social movements. From the late Middle Ages to the present day, different cultural agents and social movements have described their doctrines and practices as Kabbalah. Although there are several themes and concepts that are common to many forms of Kabbalah, it is difficult to find any denominators that are common to all the cultural phenomena designated by this term. The term Kabbalah is derived from the Hebrew verb stem KBL, which means to receive. The word can refer to the act of receiving or to what has been received and hence can mean tradition. In the Talmud, the central text of early Rabbinic Judaism, the word was used to designate the Hebrew Bible ...

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