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Hence it demands a place in any general work on Freemasonry.In what estimation the Cabala is held by Jewish scholars, we may learn from the traditions which they teach, and which Doctor Ginsburg has given in his exhaustive work ( Kabbalah, page 84) in the following words: The Cabalah was first taught by God himself to a select company of angels, who formed a theosophic school in Paradise.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.Of all who formed the unbroken line of tradition, David and Solomon were first initiated into the Cabalah.
Moses, who was learned in all the wisdom of Egypt, was first initiated into it in the land of his birth, but became most proficient in it during his wanderings in the wilderness, when he not only devoted to it the leisure hours of the whole forty years, but received lessons in it from one of the angels.This constitutes the former the man, and the latter the woman.Moses also initiated the seventy elders into the secrets of this doctrine, and they again transmitted them from hand to hand. 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).