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The Best Fake Kabbalah in Japan

How the Shin Megami Tensei games make appropriating Jewish culture fun.

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November 10, 2017

A couple of months ago, the Kabbalah center down the street from my house closed down. I wasn’t surprised at all. I’m not trying to knock Madonna, or any of the other devotees of appropriated Jewish mysticism, but when was the last time you heard about celebrities and Kabbalah? At this point, it’s old news. So it’s a bit surreal when the phrases “Shekinah Glory” and “Daath” pop up in the corner of the screen in a trailer for an upcoming Japanese video game.

Gabriela Geselowitz is a writer and the former editor of

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