Healing the Rift
Ending the Pangs of the Messiah heals the rift between Judaism and Christianity, because the distinction between Yahweh and the Christian god ceases to exist. It should also heal the rift between Islam and Judaism, Palestine and Israel if it is going to be effective. In Islamic prophecy, in the day of judgement, Isa will heal the rift between Jew and Christian and the 'people of the book' will become one again.
The path of the seed, the male principle of the godhead is preserved in its ancient form - El the masculine progenitor of the Elohim of Abraham, who coupled withthe ancient moon god Yaho is manifested in the dyad of the Kabbalah, alongside the Shekinah - the 'Blessing of the Deep' to whom Miriam gave a song of thanks after the crossing of the waters, and the Asherah - the 'Blessing of the Breasts and Womb' the Garden of Israel. The Path of the Seed is the very Elohim in its quantum-mechanical form.
Healing the angsts of Yahweh
The episode of Jesus is but a shadow of the second angst of Yahweh - the killing of the Asherah of fertility, whom Hilkiah and the Yahweh-only movement desecrated and destroyed in their ignorance and chauvanism in the Destruction of the Sanctuaries.
However, to honour the teachings of Moses and the Exodus, it is necessary for Jews and Christians in all honesty to go back to the source and recognise the first angst of Yahweh caused by the death of Moses on Mt. Nabo for sanctifying the waters of Qadesh to the Goddess and to undo the narrow chauvanism that has marred the entire male line since, by recognising that Moses teachings flow as much from the God of Wisdom that deity of the horned prophet and the Levite priests of the crescent headdress, as from the Yahweh of the Pentateuch.
Opening to the Shekhinah
The Shekhinah is defined, in traditional Jewish writings, as the "female aspect of God" or the "presence" of the infinite God in the world. She is introduced in the early rabbinical commentaries as the "immanence" or "indwelling" of the living God, whose role as the animating life force of the earth is to balance the transcendent deity.
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She may be distinguished from the 'Canaanite' Mother Goddess Asherah who the ancient Hebrews honored until about 622 B.C.E. when King Josiah removed the Asherah from the Jerusalem temple and destroyed the outlying shrines. While she does not appear by name in the five books of Moses, the explicators of the Old Testament refer to her in interpreting the text. For example, when Moses encounters the buming bush, he is told to remove his shoes and prepare himself to receive the Shekhinah. According to the rabbis, the choice of the simple thom bush as the vehicle for the revelation was to emphasize the Shekhinah's presence, since nothing in nature can exist without her. In Proverbs, we are introduced to the Divine Mother as Chochmah (Wisdom), who was present from the time of creation as the loving consort and coarchitect with the YHVH, who also reflects the association of the Shekinah with humanity.
In the Talmudic view, actions harmful to other human beings or the earth cause the Shechinah to flee, and she rises upward to the Seven Heavens.' On the other side of the scale are the positive actions of humanity which attract her presence downward to the earth.
The other way that the Shechinah is drawn downward is when people are in need of her as a comforting presence. The rabbis tell us she hovers at the bed of all sick individuals and is seen by the dying as they exit the world into the great light. According to tradition, the Shechinah comes to the good and true at death, giving them the opportunity to go straight up the center of the heavenly ladder in a moment of pure consciousness, into the merger with the Divine. The Shechinah is intimately connected with expressions of human love, particularly romantic and marital bliss. It is she who blesses the happy couple; the glow of lovers is considered to be the reflection of her presence, The scholars of the Spanish and Safed schools also understood that the Shechinah could "appear" to inspired individuals (or "Prophets"), and that the form adopted would be a reflection of the divine purpose (Novick 204-14).
Shekhinah is identified with the eagle's wings both in Exodus and Revelation and is thus the ultimate mystery the nagual of the shaman's vision quest exemplified in Moses' 'burning bush'. She is also identified as the feminine moon deity (Wolkenstain and Kramer xv).
Within the Kabbahstic system of "sephiroth" or emanations of divine energy (known to the readers as the "tree of life" or "cosmic tree"), the ten sephiroth are equally balanced with one side of the tree representing female qualities and the other male qualities. Within this system or map of consciousness, Shechinah is most often identffied with Malchuth (which translates as "sovereignty") at the base of the cosmic tree, which to me represents the energy of the earth (Novick 204-14).
Using an ancient term for the indwelling or presence of God, the Kabbalists employed Shekhinah to symbolize a particular realm within the divine world. Described as daughter, bride, mother, moon, sea, faith, wisdom, speech, and a myriad of other figures, usually but not always feminine by fact or association, the Shekhinah is the chief object of both the divine and human search for wholeness and perfection. She is the bride of God within God, mother of the world and feminine side of the divine self, in no way fully separable from the male self of God. Indeed, the root of all evil, both cosmic and human, is the attempt to bring about such a separation. The picture of that feminine aspect of divinity is a complicated one. As the tenth of the sefirot, or manifestations of divine selfhood, she is, when facing those above, passive and receptive. She takes all the upper powers into herself; "All the rivers flow into the sea," as the Kabbalists love to quote from the Book of Ecclesiastes (1:7). But as the sea transforms all the rivers, gives them new life as a dynamic power all her own, and reaches her destined shores as a new being, so is the Shekhinah, when facing the lower worlds, described as giver, provider, ruler, and judge (Green A 255-7).
"While the Shekhinah plays a central role in all of Kabbalistic literature, it is especially in the Zohar that its feminine character is highlighted. The author of the Zohar was possessed of a seemingly boundless mythic imagination, a great deal of it centering on female figures, both sacred and demonic, as well as on deeply ambivalent fantasies concerning human women in this world." (Green A 255). In what is surely one of its most strikingly impassioned passages, the Zohar speaks of the love of God through the symbol of the kisses that Jacob gives to Rachel: "When it (the spirit of love) enters the palace of love, the love of supernal kisses is aroused, those of which Scripture says: "Jacob kissed Rachel" (Gen. 29:11). This arousal brings about the kisses of supernal love, as needs to be. These kisses are the beginning of all love, attachment, and binding above. That is why the Canticle opens its praises with: "Let Him kiss me." Who is to "kiss me"? The one hidden in sublime hiding. but should you ask: "Do kisses apply to the most hidden One? Does that one kiss below?"
A cool reception from God: Snow at the Wailing Wall (NZ Herald 98)
The Messianic Idea in Judaism:
Yahweh, the Shekhinah and the Moon
The moon said to the Holy One, "Sovereign of the Universe! Can two rulers wear one crown?" He answered, "Go then and make yourself smaller!" ... "Let this he-goat offered on the New Moon be an atonement for Me in making the moon smaller" (Briffault v3 77)
It is said that when Yahweh reduced the moon's brightness the Shekinah went into mourning exile; and that the moon will again become equal to the sun when the Messianic redemption comes and the Shekinah returns to her full glory in the days of love and justice.
"Blessed be the One Who renews the moons." ... "Such a blessing even our women folk pronounce." ... "The moon He ordered that she should renew herself as a crown of beauty for those whom He sustains from the womb, and who will someday, like her, be renewed and magnify their Maker in the same glory of His kingdom" (Sanhedrin 42a).
The Talmud promises that the moon will be made bright again in Heaven when those who are like her on earth are restored to ther rightful place: those whom God had sustained "from the womb" but whose splendour God has dimmed. According to Rabbanic and mystical tradition, these are the people of Israel, but as Arthur Waskow points out, they may also be the female aspect of humankind (Waskow 261-72.).
It is thus time to honour the women who uphold the ancient tradition and cry the true Hallelu Yah: "May God cause thee to increase and mayest thou be enabled to bestow upon us a blessed month." Dark Moon was the 10 th. New Moon was 11th Nov. The following report would be the 11th or 12 th. So the ancient Moon deity and the Queen of Heaven are still alive in Jerusalem in 1996!
Shekhinah Readings and Feminine Judaism:
These are both an old and a newly evolving awareness: "For what is apparent in the workshops and conferences on Jewish feminism and in the New Moon groups (which are springing up spontaneously in many places) is that Jewish women carry the imprint and the images of the Goddess within them; both the traditional Shekinah and the earlier Canaanite and Middle Eastern forms" (Nicholson).
Abrogating the Stoning of Women
The Four Blessings of Israel and Palestine (Genesis 49)
The Blessing the God thy Father: The path of Yahweh is clearly Path of the Seed. He truly is the god of history. He is here to stay, jealous soul though he may be in his incompleteness.
The Blessing of Heaven Above: Do not forget Thoth-Yaho the God of Moses. He is the lunar wisdom aspect of the Godhead, from whom the depth of understanding and the logos of the Jewish tradition was inherited, jealously diminished by Yahweh and lost by the waters of Qadesh. He is the ancient aspect of the Elohim who is prepared to journey to the ends of the earth to rescue the Goddess of Fertility, so that peace and abundance will become eternal, so does he love the Asherah, and so shall he avenge the fate of Moses.
The Blessing of the Deep: The Shekinah - 'the Indwelling' - is the goddess of the future - the etherial, aniconic feminine aspect of the Elohim. She s the manifestation of deity on Earth, as manifested in the burning bush and all the successive visionary manifestations of deity through the apocalyptic visions of the angels. Respect her ways and learn her synchronous nature. She will always surpise you. She is the spiritual manifestation of the Asherah - the tree of immortal fertility. And in her hand she holds the key to the Garden - immortal wisdom. Not just for the 'chosen people' who gave her name, but for the whole human race.
The Blessing of the Breasts and Womb: It is to the Asherah to whom we finally turn in the fulfilment of the Garden of Israel. Without the Asherah, the Land of Israel remains fragmented, just as the king who has not consummated his sacred marriage to the land cannot govern. The Palestinian problem is Canaan revisited. The notion that the Asherah is merely a Canaanite Goddess is a supreme form of cultural and gender prejudice. She is as Jewish as Yahweh. Through the Asherah, unity among the people of Israel and Palestine can be naturally achieved because the Asherah is the ancient ummah..
These male and female blessings are complementary manifestations of the One Elohim - the Tao.
The Foundation of Judaism as a religion is acceptance into its bosom of all who believe in God, as a founding tradition from the Exodus. The hapiru was the 'outsider'.
Leviticus 19:33: And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
It is time to open again to the Shekinah, that manifestation of the burning bush, the Ark of the Covenant itself, and all that will manifest the holy of holies in this physical life, for in her you will find the true faith and the healing of humankind. It is time to recognise the Asherah and the ancient line of the Jewish matriarch from time immemorial. The Queen of the Land is the key to the future fate of the Israeli nation. In her and through her you will find your eternal resting place in peace - the Asherah of the Land of Israel. It is time to recognise the source of the tradition of Moses in the God of Wisdom and avenge his death on Mt.Nabo. It is time to come to terms with the blood sacrifice of circumcision and stay the mutilation in the protection of womankind from like mutilation.
Worship in your own tradition, for it is the ecosystemic way to know the Elohim, but worship in acknowledgement of the Shekinah and of the spiritual equality of the matriarch and the Asherah that resides in every Jewish woman, for in her the men of Yahweh will find the complement of your own seed line.
Understanding the Palestianian Feminine Experience:
4 Nov 1998 400,000 people commemorate the 3rd anniversary of Rabin's assasination 8 days after Netanyahu signs a peace deal with the Palestinians.
The Sacrifice of being the Herem People: Judaism and Christianity
The death of Jesus was an integral consummation of Christ's entire mission, as prophesied and described in all the gospels. It is quite clear that the Jews were not to blame for the death of Jesus. The part of Judas was passed to him by Jesus himself by the sop: John 13:26 "Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon." This is a sacred role in the passion ritual and not a dishonourable one in any sense more than Jesus himself. Judas is the scapegoat, Jesus' twin. Jesus specifically challenged the whole of Jerusalem to sacrifice him as the sacred 'King of the Jews' in a Purim-style historical climax in the tradition of the Book of Esther. The Crucifixion was the consummation of this challenge.
All the prophecies from the Old Testament used by the Christians as evidence of Jesus' prophetic mission tell of the fate that awaited anyone who would aspire to the sacred role of transcendental messiah in the apocalyptic tradition. This is the traditional role of the 'sacred king' common to ancient Near Eastern religions and appears to have been the fate of the Teacher of Righteousness.
The Jews of Jesus' time were quite right to believe that he was introducing unusual elements into their practice: From the Mishnath: "On the Eve of the Passover they hanged Yeshu[a] ben Pantera - because he practised sorcery and enticed and led Israel astray."
By becoming the Herem of Yahweh, the 'forbidden or chosen people' have incurred diaspora, persecution and genocide, just as did Jesus by claiming to be the Son of Man. This is most unjust and unfair, and a sinister product of the Christian tradition. I would like to personally apologise on behalf of the Christians in history who have in penalized the Jews for the Crucifixion. The fate of Jesus in eating the 'asakkum of the gods' is precisely the same fate as has collectively befallen the 'chosen people' to be cast asunder and to return again as a phoenix from the ashes.
This passage from Edmund Wilson (1969 104) serves as a reminder of history: "Hitler preached the innate inferiority of the Poles as well as of the Jews, and he had repudiated Christianity as a Jewish religion for mollycoddlers; the Nazi leaders, indubitably, in making a scapegoat of the Jews, were playing on something in the German mind so primitive as to seem pre-Christian. Yet such persecutions could hardly have been possible if there had not been the opportunity to revive the traditional restrictions against Jews in mediaeval Germany - restrictions which had been the product of bigotry and superstition."
"The Christians, brought up on the Gospels, have hever been able to forget that the Jews rejected Jesus and demanded his death. For centuries - as I learn from a Jewish historian, Dr. Cecil Roth - they could not imagine that the Jews believed in good faith that their Judaic theology, their ritual and their law, were the true ones, given them through Moses by God; the Christians were convinced that the Jews knew better, and that their failure to accept the Christian faith was due to a stubbom perversity that must have the Devil behind it. It was for centuries a Christian objective to convert the Jews to Christ, and since they almost invariably failed in this, the Christians became very bitter against them. Even - as in Spain and Portugal - when they extorted the forms of conversion, the Jews would go on practising Judaism, and to the Christians it seemed that their counter-religionists were still in the same state of mind that had led them to crucify Jesus, that they would willingly crucify him again. This gave rise to the legend of the ritual murder of Christian children at Passover, a symbolic perpetuation of the Crucifixion" (Wilson ctd.)
"The reciprocal Jewish legends connected with ritual murder - such as those about Rabbi Loew of Prague - show that as late as the sixteenth century the dwellers in the European ghettos lived in continual terror of being framed for this crime by the Christians: the great rabbi is always rescuing them; and trials for ritual murder were still occurring in Central Europe through the turn of the nineteenth century. In the meantime, the assumption of Jewish depravity had been giving the followers of Christ carte blanche - not merely with a quiet conscience but with fervour and exaltation-to penalize, tax, torture and slaughter the Jews, under the sign of the crucified Jesus" (Wilson ctd.).
"On the Jewish side, the moral sense was outraged, and the resentment to some extent still lingers, that the communicants of a religion whose Deity is a God of Love and whose Saviour brings salvation through mercy, should, for example, inaugurate a crusade to the Holy Land for the purpose of rescuing the tomb of this Saviour by massacres of their Jewish compatriots. If the Christian has never ceased to be horrified by the callousness of the Jews toward Jesus, the Jew has never ceased to be shocked by what seems to him the hypocrisy of the Christians."
[Hitler] said that it was one of the most important tasks to guard Germany's coming generations from the same political fate (that struck the country from 1918 to 1933), and hence to keep vigilant in them the awareness of racial danger. For this reason alone the Oberammergau Festival [the re-enactment of the crucifixion] would absolutely have to be preserved. For hardly ever had the Jewish danger, as seen in the example of the ancient Roman empire, been so graphically illustrated as by the character of Pontius Pilate in the Festival. He appeared as a Roman whose racial and intellectual superiority is so great that he seemed a rock amid the swarming rabble of the Near East. In recognizing the enormous importance of the Festival for the enlightenment of future generations as well, he [Hitler] said he was an absolute Christian. (Rolf Hochhuth, Der Stelivertreter, historische Streiflichter 1980, 247)
The Christian Gospels were able to serve as a welcome support for Hitler's hatred of the Jews because the Evangelists' picture of the Jews is negative and distorted (Ranke-Heinemann 1992 100).
Catholic Examination of Conscience October 1997
The Pope declares antisemitism unacceptable in 1997, three years before the second milennium equatable with Jesus' three-year mission in John. The Pope has said several times recently the Church should use the start of the third millennium in the year 2000 as a chance to make an "examination of conscience" and seek forgiveness for past errors and sins in its history.
But let us not forget that enshrined into the post-exodus religious viewpoint that emerged from the angst of Moses untimely death was the covenant to 'destroy the nations'. Despite Ezekiel's acknowledgement in 20:25 that Israel did not destroy the nations, sacred genocide was committed in celebrated incidents in the founding of Israel:
Joshua 6:17 "And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD. So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall [of Jericho] fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword ... And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein."
And when Achan confessed that he had taken "a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight" ... "And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had .. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones." Thus such was Yahweh's wrath that even those who took one thing from Jericho, accursed of Yahweh, were made themselves a holocaust.
Joshua 11:10 "And Joshua at that time turned back, and took Hazor, and smote the king thereof with the sword: for Hazor beforetime was the head of all those kingdoms. And they smote all the souls that were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them: there was not any left to breathe: and he burnt Hazor with fire. And all the cities of those kings, and all the kings of them, did Joshua take, and smote them with the edge of the sword, and he utterly destroyed them."
One should take prophetic warning from the star dust of Abraham, for, by making your very seed Herem to Yahweh, so Yahweh has doomed you, in his jealous way, to a long and as-yet unresolved fate:
For the dust of the earth is a diaspora, and the stars are scattered far flung across the dark and empty sky. It has been a long and tortuous road to the 'promised land'.
Nevertheless for all Yahweh's jealous chauvanism, he has given birth to the greatest continuing literary religious tradition in the ancient world. He has done a service in a sense profoundly greater than Jesus, for unlike the sexual guilt and rejection of fertility of the Christian apocalyptic message, Yahweh has at all times been a true phallic fertility god of the seed line. In that sense, he has also given the Jewish nation a great and immortal continuity of identity which has withstood repeated diasporas and the 'anti-Semitic' holocaust.
The modern state of Israel was established in territory that had been granted as a League of Nations mandate to Great Britain following World War I. The creation of a Jewish homeland was an objective of ZIONISM, a movement that developed politically in the 19th century. In the BALFOUR DECLARATION of 1917 the British government pledged its support for this goal, and the declaration was incorporated into the terms of the British mandate over Palestine, which took effect in 1922.
Balfour believed theJews were exiles who should be given back their homeland, in payment for Christianity's 'immeasurable debt'. He wrote: 'The position of the jews is unique. For them race, religion and country are related as in the case of no other religion and no other country on earth' (jones 135). Like Lloyd George, Allenby and Churchill he believed biblical statements concerning the Jewish homeland were the essential factor in any decisions regarding the Jewish people and Palestine.
Serious violence soon arose between the Arabs and the Jews, and the British, who had made promises to both groups, were unable to satisfy either . Upheavals brought about by World War II and the decimation of European Jewry stimulated action toward the creation of a Jewish homeland. In November 1947 the United Nations voted to divide Palestine into Jewish and Arab states. The British withdrew from the area on May 13, 1948, conceding failure in achieving peace between the Jews and Arabs. On May 14, Israel proclaimed its independence. The same day the Arabs attacked, refusing to recognize both the partition of Palestine and the new nation (Grollier 1993).
"Biblical prophecy has it that the diaspora must be complete - with Jews scattered all over the earth - before the Messiah can appear. The hope of fulfilling this vision was one of the forces leading to the formation of modern Israel and, in surprising ways to political change in other parts of the world. ... The British Labour party still sings Blake's Jerusalem 'Bring me my bow of burning gold ... till we have built Jerusalem in Englands green and pleasant land' ... The idea that Britain was Israel grew with the Empire. ... The Balfour declaration of 1917 stated that 'His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish People. It marked the beginnings of today's Israel and had its roots in part in the affinity felt by many Britains for the Holy Land. ... The end of the First World War gave a real chance to realize the prophecy of a homeland" (Jones 135-40).
When the Yemeni Jews returned by air it was said to be in affirmation of the Shekhinah borne on Eagle's wings: "You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles'wings and broughtyou to myself" (Exod 19:4).
Myths of the Lost Tribes: