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Magic & Kabbalah

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick,alt.consciousness.mysticism,talk.religion.misc
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Magic & Kabbalah (was: Re: Hermetic QBL (Supported) (was Parpola Discovered! ....)
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 01:37:17 GMT

Gnome d Plume wrote:
> On Thu, 13 Dec 2001 23:28:22 GMT, catherine yronwode
>  wrote:
> >Gnome d Plume wrote:
> >>
> >> the Jewish kabbalah [...] is not used for
> >> magical purposes
> >
> >Please support this statemnt. It certainly goes against what i have
> >read.
> Practical kabbalah (magick)  is a very minor aspect of
> rabbinical kabbalah and is largely discouraged. 

You supplied no support for your contention. You simply restated it.
Here, then, is some support for my contention, namely that the kabbalah
is intimately bound up in magic and that the practical kabbalah is not a
minor part of the package. It comes in the form of a lengthy
bibliography at

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