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Frontispiece to ~Hoshen ha-Mishpat~ from BL Harley 5717, f. 79

Frontispiece to ~Hoshen ha-Mishpat~ from BL Harley 5717, f. 79



Detail of the full floral border with birds and medallions, from the frontispiece to the fourth pillar of ~Arbaah Turim~, ~Hoshen ha-Mishpat~ (The Breastplate of Judgement). Image taken from f. 79 of ~Even ha-Ezer~ (The Stone of Help) and ~Hoshen Mishpat~ (The Breastplate of Judgement) of ~Arbaah Turim~ (The Four Pillars) (ff. 2-261v); ~Hilkhot De'ot~ of the Mishneh Torah (ff. 261v-265v). Written in Hebrew.

Kabbalah developed within Judaism, and kabbalists often use classical sources held by Judaists to explain the inner, real meaning of the Bible and Rabbinic sources. Regardless of Kabbalah's definition, it is an integral part of Judaism, Christian, New Age, and Occultist western esoteric religious systems. For centuries, Kaballah was a concealed teaching. The study of Kabbalah was available only to Jewish scholarly comprising of married Jewish men over the age of forty, and forbidden to all others. This tradition of hidden knowledge existed until 1960s when it started to be popularized by some of the teachers.

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