The “Aryan” Kabbalah
Mr. Hoffman: Since the Kabbalah is rabbinic, how would Hitler be influenced by it, as you have claimed?
Hoffman: Since the Renaissance, the syncretic religion of the western occult has conceived of the Kabbalah as a book of ancient Aryan wisdom, allegedly pre-dating rabbinic Judaism. This claim was summarized by Éliphas Levi:
“All religions have preserved the remembrance of a primitive book, written in hieroglyphs by the sages of the earliest epoch of the world. This book was the symbolical summary of primitive tradition, called subsequently Kabbalah” (cf. Gnosis, Summer, 1997, p. 64).
Éliphas Levi (1810-1875), was a black magician and “traditional Catholic” whose occultism was harbored and shielded by every notable 19th century Church authority we could locate in the annals of the pontificate of Pope Pius IX, himself a supposedly spotless paragon in the eyes of contemporary Right-wing papalists.
Levi was the arch Kabbalist situated at the gateway to the fin de siècle era in the decadent France he helped to shape. Apart from his sorcery and demonism, Levi led the attack on the Old Testament as the Word of God. Levi was one channel of the esoteric doctrine that the occult teachers of Adolf Hitler passed to him.