Archive for the ‘Shekinah’ Category

"Operation Mermaid Dawn"

September 1, 2011
The perpetual Purim Spiel of Judaism and its worship of the goddess with ten thousand names is a production on a massive scale.

“Venus Rising From the Sea”

“The Birth of Venus” (Note the mermaid appearance of the legs and feet splayed out in the shape of a mermaid’s tail fin)

Like “Operation Desert Storm” with its ‘Shock and Awe’ doctrine, a phonetic allusion to the ‘Shekinah’ of rabbinic Judaism, “Operation Mermaid Dawn” was launched on the same day of the rabbinic calendar, Purim, the rabbinic day of vengeance, based in the book of Esther.

According to Dr. David S. Dockery:

“Esther” is probably derived from the Persian word stara, meaning star. Some scholars have related it to “Ishtar,” the Akkadian goddess associated with the planet Venus. (Holman Concise Bible Commentary, p.190)

In the genocidal Zohar, “Esther” is interpreted as the “Shekinah,” the female counterpart of the male En Sof of the pagan hermaphrodite god of Judaism. To falsely maintain prestige as ‘God fearing’ ‘people of the book;’ alleged ‘descendants of Abraham’ who Christians should honor as ‘elder brothers in the faith,’ for obvious reasons the rabbis and their followers have tightly guarded this aspect of their religion:

For [rabbinic] mysticism, the greater the treasure [or shonda!], the greater the blockades to reaching it. The pardes or mystical garden in which the ‘there is’ (yesh) might be encountered, is heavily gated. For this tradition, especially in the late twelfth- or early thirteenth century, additions to the Zohar (see Ra’ya Mehemna and Tikkunei Zohar), the obvious obstacles to a theological reading of Esther become portals onto a mystical book of hiding. In them both Esther and the King are manifestations of the divine. Esther is adorned as Shekinah, divine presence, coupled with the k/King in the palace garden/Garden of Eden, signifying the end of exile. (The book of hiding: gender, ethnicity, annihilation, and Esther, Timothy Kandler Beal, p.140)

The goddess has traditionally had a strong presence in the cultural crossroads of the Mediterranean region evidenced by Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” (commissioned by the Medici banking predators and subverts of the Vatican). The prime benefactors of the the “Stella Maris,” “Our Lady of Victory” were the banking plunderers of Venice and their puppets in the Venetian Senate*. I don’t believe it a stretch to see the same old psychodrama being orchestrated once again in “Operation Mermaid Dawn” just across the Mediterranean in Libya.

Haven’t Christians had enough of these bloody schemes to get them invested in securing “The Holy Land?”

*“Non virtus, non arma, non duces, sed Maria Rosari, victores nos fecit.” This endorsement of Marian devotion from the Venetian Senate carries about as much weight as the words of Zionist banker’s puppets Newt Gingrich, Nancy Pelosi, et al with this author.

Benedict’s Magick Zionist Crusader Hat

December 5, 2009

Updated with comments, Dec. 6.

Benedict XVI at a canonization ceremony (of five) in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009 wearing a hexagram mitre


… with 11 stones on each side. Note the Templar crosses.

Credit to http://sedevacante-pax.blogspot.com/ for this find.

Original photo sources:

http://www.daylife.com/photo/0fT6gzRefX2vT

http://www.catholicpressphoto.com/servizi/2009-10-11%20canonizzazione/page4.htm

At a canonization of five saints, Oct, 11, 2009, Benedict wore a mitre bearing large hexagrams and 11 stones on each side. Since the 16th century the hexagram 11, and 22 are highly significant in Lurianic Kabbalah. They have no strong significance in Catholicism that I am aware of. Also, his pallium has 6 Templar crosses on it.

This taken by itself is interesting to me at most. If Benedict was an orthodox pope I might overlook this suspicious almalgam of symbols. But let’s look at Benedict’s fruits.

On his watch, the rightly blackened legacy of the Templars–a violent group of Zionist international bankers with occult religious practices–was rehabilitated HERE and HERE.

Benedict was the major player in the rehabilitation of the rightly blackened image of the Zionist state shortly after its despicable 22 day-long rampage on Gaza HERE, HERE, HERE.

Benedict is, I think it’s fair to say, a compulsive proponent of so-called ‘dialogue,’ a Kabbalistic kind of sorcery utterly foreign to Catholicism also promoted by Kabbalists such as Rabbi Abraham Heschel and Martin Buber. Benedict has gone so far as to make ‘dialogue’ with ‘the elder brothers’ a religious mandate HERE.

His acts of approval of Kabbalist rabbis and their traditions are too many to list. He even gave a text written by the Kabbalist Jacob ben Asher the “Ba’al ha-Turim” (Master of the Pillars) as a gift during his NYC Passover Eve synagogue visit HERE.

These and the many, many other rotten fruits of Benedict XVI are far more troubling to me than some symbols on his vestments. But the fact that he does these things and also displays the relevant symbols is rather brazen in my opinion. He’s apparently attempting to sanctify these symbols by placing them in such a prominent place as a papal mitre during a canonization liturgy.

Also see:

Occultists to Absolve Themselves

Benedict’s Hasbara Mission

Will Benedict’s Pilgrimage Boost “Israel’s” Image or Destroy His Own?

Pope’s Speech to American Zionist Leaders, Feb. 12

Benedict Praises “Noahide Law” Commission

Benedict’s Zionist Easter “Convert” Attempts Resuscitation of “Islamofascist Threat” for U.S. Presidential Election

Pope Benedict and Synod Rabbi: Like Yin and Yang

Scalia “Traditionalism”

November 5&6 2009 Terror Talisman

November 6, 2009

These numbers and symbols have no power. The Gospel has power, but it has been forsaken.

A 40-year-old man who was reportedly fired two years ago from an engineering firm apparently returned to that office Friday and shot six people, killing one, according to police and his former employer … Swat teams and ambulances descended on the 16-story [Orlando, Florida] Gateway Center office building after receiving reports of shots having been fired at 11 a.m. Friday morning … (1 dead in shooting at Orlando office building; suspect in custody Washington Post, Friday, November 6, 2009)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/06/AR2009110602294.html

777 Once Again

September 30, 2008

Dow drops 777 points on eve of Rosh Hashana in the midst of financial “shock and awe.” See:

Dow Sinks 777 Points As Bailout Plan Fails

For Feinstein, the roller-coaster ride began the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 19, when she and about 40 other senators got on a conference call with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who served up a financial version of shock and awe. The shock: “A dire scenario in very strong language,” Feinstein said. ” ‘Meltdown.’ ‘Market failure.’ ‘Nothing like it in the history of our nation.’ ” The awe: the infamous, initial three-page “simple and broad” administration plan for a $700 billion bailout. (“Feinstein wary of rush to financial bailout,” Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, September 28, 2008)

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/28/BALG136IBH.DTL

“In the face of such an emergency, Washington has responded with financial shock and awe – a big plan with a big price tag, the most far-reaching intervention in the economy since the days of the New Deal.” (“Bailout’s main leverage is psychological,” Sam Zuckerman, San Francisco Chronicle, Monday, September 29, 2008)

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/29/MNFI137NE5.DTL

Forgive me for not seeing a coincidence here since 777 represents the kabbalistic “flaming sword” or “descent of the shekinah” HERE.

Time precludes a detailed exposition of this, but for researchers I offer a few clues. The Kabbalistic myth of Rosh Hashanna has it that it was the day Adam was created a hermaphrodite. In racist Judaism it is taught that only “Jews” are “Adam” (meaning full human beings), “Israel” = “Adam”. The fall, again according to Judaism, has the hermaphrodite Adam being split into male and female on Rosh Hashana–“the fall”. This cataclysm also accounts for the existence of Gentiles in the world who would not have ever existed if it were not for Adam’s “fall.” There is good news, however. At the end of days the second Adam, or “Mosiach” will be restored to the form of the first Adam: “Shekinah” reunited with the “small face,” a hermaphrodite one again, and then, when nature is “perfected” in this way, and the “mistakes” of creation are “repaired,” there will be no more Gentiles in the world clinging to “Klal Israel.”

It seems the rabbis once again have that messianic feeling and are saying that the Gentile-smashing “Mosiach” is coming and “Klal Israel” will be reunited with the “Shekinah.” Now, I don’t believe for a minute that any of this is supernaturally orchestrated. When you control markets you can make them close at any number you choose. And Kabbalah teaches that “Klal Israel” are to take active part in bringing about the “redemption,” after all.

But don’t take my word. I’m just relaying what the rabbis say:

The Original Human State

You may recall that the U.S. military, at the behest of the neocons in Washington, brought Shekinah … I mean, shock and awe to Iraq on Purim in 2003 HERE.

777 Once Again

September 30, 2008

Dow drops 777 points on eve of Rosh Hashana in the midst of financial “shock and awe.” See:

Dow Sinks 777 Points As Bailout Plan Fails

For Feinstein, the roller-coaster ride began the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 19, when she and about 40 other senators got on a conference call with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who served up a financial version of shock and awe. The shock: “A dire scenario in very strong language,” Feinstein said. ” ‘Meltdown.’ ‘Market failure.’ ‘Nothing like it in the history of our nation.’ ” The awe: the infamous, initial three-page “simple and broad” administration plan for a $700 billion bailout. (“Feinstein wary of rush to financial bailout,” Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, September 28, 2008)

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/28/BALG136IBH.DTL

“In the face of such an emergency, Washington has responded with financial shock and awe – a big plan with a big price tag, the most far-reaching intervention in the economy since the days of the New Deal.” (“Bailout’s main leverage is psychological,” Sam Zuckerman, San Francisco Chronicle, Monday, September 29, 2008)

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/29/MNFI137NE5.DTL

Forgive me for not seeing a coincidence here since 777 represents the kabbalistic “flaming sword” or “descent of the shekinah” HERE.

Time precludes a detailed exposition of this, but for researchers I offer a few clues. The Kabbalistic myth of Rosh Hashanna has it that it was the day Adam was created a hermaphrodite. In racist Judaism it is taught that only “Jews” are “Adam” (meaning full human beings), “Israel” = “Adam”. The fall, again according to Judaism, has the hermaphrodite Adam being split into male and female on Rosh Hashana–“the fall”. This cataclysm also accounts for the existence of Gentiles in the world who would not have ever existed if it were not for Adam’s “fall.” There is good news, however. At the end of days the second Adam, or “Mosiach” will be restored to the form of the first Adam: “Shekinah” reunited with the “small face,” a hermaphrodite one again, and then, when nature is “perfected” in this way, and the “mistakes” of creation are repaired, there will be no more Gentiles in the world clinging to “Klal Israel.”

It seems the rabbis once again have that messianic feeling and are saying that the Gentile-smashing “Mosiach” is coming and “Klal Israel” will be reunited with the “Shekinah.” Now, I don’t believe for a minute that any of this is supernaturally orchestrated. When you control markets you can make them close at any number you choose. And Kabbalah teaches that “Klal Israel” are to take active part in bringing about the “redemption,” after all.

But don’t take my word. I’m just relaying what the rabbis say:

The Original Human State

You may recall that the U.S. military, at the behest of the neocons in Washington, brought Shekinah … I mean, shock and awe to Iraq on Purim in 2003 HERE.

777 Once Again

September 30, 2008

Dow drops 777 points on eve of Rosh Hashana in the midst of financial “shock and awe.” See:

Dow Sinks 777 Points As Bailout Plan Fails

For Feinstein, the roller-coaster ride began the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 19, when she and about 40 other senators got on a conference call with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who served up a financial version of shock and awe. The shock: “A dire scenario in very strong language,” Feinstein said. ” ‘Meltdown.’ ‘Market failure.’ ‘Nothing like it in the history of our nation.’ ” The awe: the infamous, initial three-page “simple and broad” administration plan for a $700 billion bailout. (“Feinstein wary of rush to financial bailout,” Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, September 28, 2008)

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/28/BALG136IBH.DTL

“In the face of such an emergency, Washington has responded with financial shock and awe – a big plan with a big price tag, the most far-reaching intervention in the economy since the days of the New Deal.” (“Bailout’s main leverage is psychological,” Sam Zuckerman, San Francisco Chronicle, Monday, September 29, 2008)

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/29/MNFI137NE5.DTL

Forgive me for not seeing a coincidence here since 777 represents the kabbalistic “flaming sword” or “descent of the shekinah” HERE.

Time precludes a detailed exposition of this, but for researchers I offer a few clues. The Kabbalistic myth of Rosh Hashanna has it that it was the day Adam was created a hermaphrodite. In racist Judaism it is taught that only “Jews” are “Adam” (meaning full human beings), “Israel” = “Adam”. The fall, again according to Judaism, has the hermaphrodite Adam being split into male and female on Rosh Hashana–“the fall”. This cataclysm also accounts for the existence of Gentiles in the world who would not have ever existed if it were not for Adam’s “fall.” There is good news, however. At the end of days the second Adam, or “Mosiach” will be restored to the form of the first Adam: “Shekinah” reunited with the “small face,” a hermaphrodite one again, and then, when nature is “perfected” in this way, and the “mistakes” of creation are “repaired,” there will be no more Gentiles in the world clinging to “Klal Israel.”

It seems the rabbis once again have that messianic feeling and are saying that the Gentile-smashing “Mosiach” is coming and “Klal Israel” will be reunited with the “Shekinah.” Now, I don’t believe for a minute that any of this is supernaturally orchestrated. When you control markets you can make them close at any number you choose. And Kabbalah teaches that “Klal Israel” are to take active part in bringing about the “redemption,” after all.

But don’t take my word. I’m just relaying what the rabbis say:

The Original Human State

You may recall that the U.S. military, at the behest of the neocons in Washington, brought Shekinah … I mean, shock and awe to Iraq on Purim in 2003 HERE.

Rabbi Pulls Back the Veil on Judaism’s Paganism

July 22, 2008

Benedict’s elder brothers are coming forward to claim responsibility for the pagan undercurrent that plagues the West.

The way the issue is framed in this article is very dishonest. The “newly discovered” concepts revealed below are central to Orthodox Judaism.

God thus becomes a dual-gendered deity, bringing together all the male and female energy in the universe, the yin and the yang …

Rabbi unveils a secret of God

By Gary Stern
The Journal News • July 21, 2008

The tradition-bound Western image of a he-man, masculine God may already be thousands of years out of date, says a Westchester rabbi who believes he has unlocked the secret to God’s name and androgynous nature.

Rabbi Mark Sameth contends in a soon-to-be-published article that the four-letter Hebrew name for God – held by Jewish tradition to be unpronounceable since the year 70 – should actually be read in reverse. When the four letters are flipped, he says, the new name makes the sounds of the Hebrew words for “he” and “she.”

God thus becomes a dual-gendered deity, bringing together all the male and female energy in the universe, the yin and the yang that have divided the sexes from Adam and Eve to Homer and Marge.

“This is the kind of God I believe in, the kind of God that makes sense to me, in a language that speaks very, very deeply to human aspirations and striving,” Sameth said. “How could God be male and not female?”

Sameth, 54, the spiritual leader of Pleasantville Community Synagogue, first hit on his theory more than a decade ago when he was a rabbinical student. Since then, he has quietly pieced together clues and supporting evidence from the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament and the vast body of rabbinic literature.

His article “Who is He? He is She: The Secret Four-Letter Name of God” will appear in the summer issue of the CCAR Journal, published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis, an association of Reform rabbis.

Sameth’s theory is not as outlandish as it might seem to the uninitiated. For one thing, Jewish mystical traditions have long found levels of meaning in the Hebrew Bible beyond those that come from a literal or metaphorical reading. For another, there is a deep tradition in Jewish prayer and thinking, particularly among the so-called mystics, of seeking to reconcile the male and female elements in the universe.

Sameth’s article includes this: “What the mystics called ‘the secret of one’ is the inner unification of the sometimes competing, sometimes complementing masculine and feminine energies that reside within each of us, regardless whether we are male or female.”

The notion that God is what Sameth calls a “hermaphroditic deity” could energize the growing movement in many religious traditions to present God in gender-neutral terms, particularly in Scripture.

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, a revered scholar among liberal Jews who has written extensively on Jewish mysticism and spirituality, called Sameth’s article “delicious, thought-provoking and wise.” Kushner is among a small group of scholars and friends with whom Sameth has shared his article in recent weeks.

“I think most people assume the God of the Hebrew Bible is masculine, but Mark, through some sound and clever research, suggests that God may have always been androgynous,” Kushner said. “This can affect the way we consider holiness and the divine, and invites us to reconsider our own gender identities, which is kind of a bombshell.”

The Hebrew name of God that is known as the Tetragrammaton – the four letters Yud-Hay-Vov-Hay – appears 6,823 times in the Hebrew Bible. Since early Hebrew script included no vowels, the pronunciation of the name was known by those who heard it.

According to Sameth’s footnotes, the name was said only by priests after the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE. After the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, the name was no longer said and the pronunciation lost.

Jewish tradition has long held that the name was too sacred to articulate. Jews have generally used Adonai, “the Lord,” in place of the Tetragrammaton. Various Christian groups have pronounced the name as “Yahweh” or “Jehovah.”

Sameth has no intention of speaking the “reversed” name of God that he has uncovered, preferring to focus on its meaning.

“I still won’t pronounce it, intentionally, as God’s name,” he said. “I’m not suggesting that anyone pronounce the name.”

Sameth became fascinated with Jewish mysticism while a rabbinical student in Jerusalem during the early 1990s. He studied with Moshe Idel, a pre-eminent scholar on mysticism, and learned how medieval Spanish Kabbalists and others uncovered mystical meanings from the Torah that had been shrouded in patterns of words and letters.

Once back in New York, at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Reform seminary, Sameth was studying the biblical story of the prophet Nathan reprimanding King David for murder, which becomes a turning point for David. Sameth realized that the Hebrew forms of both names, Nathan and David, are palindromes, words with spellings that can be reversed.

It was, as they say, a revelation.

“It’s about reversibility,” Sameth said. “King David is changing the direction of his life, and the two key characters, their names are palindromes. What are the chances of that?”

A new zeal for biblical reversibility led Sameth to flip the four Hebrew letters of the unpronounceable Tetragrammaton. In his head, he heard the Hebrew words hu and hi. That’s “he/she” in English.

And he felt connected to a long line of Jewish mystics who have mused about the male and female coming together.

“I really believed that I had found something significant,” Sameth said. “Then I did 10 years of study to see if I could find support for it.”

Much of his article consists of weaving together clues and examples from Jewish Scripture and wisdom that offer historical context for his thesis. For example, Sameth contends that the Zohar – a medieval, mystical Torah commentary – was referring to God’s dual-gender “when it suggested that the sin of Adam was that he ruined the marriage between the feminine and masculine halves of God by divorcing himself from the feminine.”

He also writes: “We realize now that the secret was almost revealed by the 13th-century Torah commentator Rabbeinu Bachya, who makes note of every four-word cluster in the Torah whose rashei teivot, or initial letters, spell out the Tetragrammaton in reverse.”

Rabbi Jonathan Stein, editor of the CCAR Journal, was on vacation and not available for comment.

Sameth has been the only rabbi at the decade-old Pleasantville Community Synagogue, a self-described “trans-denominational” congregation that includes elements of Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist Judaism. Congregants come from many backgrounds and communities to the synagogue, which has become known for hearty singing and dancing during services.

Talking recently about his years of study to grasp the meaning of God’s name, Sameth had to stop, swallow hard and take a breath when describing what it’s like to receive sparks of insight from the great Jewish thinkers of long ago.

“It is a form of transcendence to be connected in that way,” he said.

Sameth doesn’t believe that he has stumbled on a previously unknown understanding of God’s name, but that he has been able to connect the dots in a fresh way.

Those who find meaning in his work, he said, may encounter a different understanding of God that is comforting to feminists and those on many spiritual journeys. They may also read the Torah differently.

“If this interpretation is correct, it says that the Torah is a mystical or esoteric text,” he said. “The mystics have been saying all these years that the text conceals more than it reveals. It is structured with different levels of meaning and reveals itself over time. We’re talking about one tradition that goes all the way back.”

Katherine Kurs, a religion scholar who teaches at New School University and is an associate minister at West-Park (Presbyterian) Church in Manhattan, said that the image of God presented by Sameth will have great appeal to many people who are searching for spiritual meaning.

“Mark’s unveiling is part of a mystic lineage that presents a prismatic experience of God, that says there are ways of experiencing God that contain and explode categories simultaneously,” said Kurs, who has known Sameth since they studied together almost 20 years ago. “This God is not a male or even a female but a male-female or female-male, a God that holds tension and paradox, a full-spectrum bandwidth God.”

Sameth has shared his image of a dual-gendered God with the seventh- and eighth-graders he teaches at his synagogue. He said they’ve been very receptive, which isn’t surprising because they are growing up in a post-modern age.

“As post-moderns, we’ve been conditioned to a different relationship with language,” he said. “That’s why there is all this interest now in Jewish mysticism.”

He wonders how, 2,000 years from now, people will understand the final chapter of “Ulysses,” which includes no punctuation. Will they try to add punctuation, believing that it’s been lost? Or will they grasp that James Joyce knew what he was doing?

“Joyce was playing with language, using language to play with the medium,” Sameth said. “And the Torah isn’t just about Noah taking the animals, twosies by twosies. If that’s what the Torah was all about, how could it have captivated Western civilization for 3,000 years? There had to be more.”

http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008807210344

Rabbi Pulls Back the Veil on Judaism’s Paganism

July 22, 2008

Benedict’s elder brothers are coming forward to claim responsibility for the pagan undercurrent that plagues the West.

The way the issue is framed in this article is very dishonest. The “newly discovered” concepts revealed below are central to Orthodox Judaism.

God thus becomes a dual-gendered deity, bringing together all the male and female energy in the universe, the yin and the yang …

Rabbi unveils a secret of God

By Gary Stern
The Journal News • July 21, 2008

The tradition-bound Western image of a he-man, masculine God may already be thousands of years out of date, says a Westchester rabbi who believes he has unlocked the secret to God’s name and androgynous nature.

Rabbi Mark Sameth contends in a soon-to-be-published article that the four-letter Hebrew name for God – held by Jewish tradition to be unpronounceable since the year 70 – should actually be read in reverse. When the four letters are flipped, he says, the new name makes the sounds of the Hebrew words for “he” and “she.”

God thus becomes a dual-gendered deity, bringing together all the male and female energy in the universe, the yin and the yang that have divided the sexes from Adam and Eve to Homer and Marge.

“This is the kind of God I believe in, the kind of God that makes sense to me, in a language that speaks very, very deeply to human aspirations and striving,” Sameth said. “How could God be male and not female?”

Sameth, 54, the spiritual leader of Pleasantville Community Synagogue, first hit on his theory more than a decade ago when he was a rabbinical student. Since then, he has quietly pieced together clues and supporting evidence from the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament and the vast body of rabbinic literature.

His article “Who is He? He is She: The Secret Four-Letter Name of God” will appear in the summer issue of the CCAR Journal, published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis, an association of Reform rabbis.

Sameth’s theory is not as outlandish as it might seem to the uninitiated. For one thing, Jewish mystical traditions have long found levels of meaning in the Hebrew Bible beyond those that come from a literal or metaphorical reading. For another, there is a deep tradition in Jewish prayer and thinking, particularly among the so-called mystics, of seeking to reconcile the male and female elements in the universe.

Sameth’s article includes this: “What the mystics called ‘the secret of one’ is the inner unification of the sometimes competing, sometimes complementing masculine and feminine energies that reside within each of us, regardless whether we are male or female.”

The notion that God is what Sameth calls a “hermaphroditic deity” could energize the growing movement in many religious traditions to present God in gender-neutral terms, particularly in Scripture.

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, a revered scholar among liberal Jews who has written extensively on Jewish mysticism and spirituality, called Sameth’s article “delicious, thought-provoking and wise.” Kushner is among a small group of scholars and friends with whom Sameth has shared his article in recent weeks.

“I think most people assume the God of the Hebrew Bible is masculine, but Mark, through some sound and clever research, suggests that God may have always been androgynous,” Kushner said. “This can affect the way we consider holiness and the divine, and invites us to reconsider our own gender identities, which is kind of a bombshell.”

The Hebrew name of God that is known as the Tetragrammaton – the four letters Yud-Hay-Vov-Hay – appears 6,823 times in the Hebrew Bible. Since early Hebrew script included no vowels, the pronunciation of the name was known by those who heard it.

According to Sameth’s footnotes, the name was said only by priests after the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE. After the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, the name was no longer said and the pronunciation lost.

Jewish tradition has long held that the name was too sacred to articulate. Jews have generally used Adonai, “the Lord,” in place of the Tetragrammaton. Various Christian groups have pronounced the name as “Yahweh” or “Jehovah.”

Sameth has no intention of speaking the “reversed” name of God that he has uncovered, preferring to focus on its meaning.

“I still won’t pronounce it, intentionally, as God’s name,” he said. “I’m not suggesting that anyone pronounce the name.”

Sameth became fascinated with Jewish mysticism while a rabbinical student in Jerusalem during the early 1990s. He studied with Moshe Idel, a pre-eminent scholar on mysticism, and learned how medieval Spanish Kabbalists and others uncovered mystical meanings from the Torah that had been shrouded in patterns of words and letters.

Once back in New York, at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Reform seminary, Sameth was studying the biblical story of the prophet Nathan reprimanding King David for murder, which becomes a turning point for David. Sameth realized that the Hebrew forms of both names, Nathan and David, are palindromes, words with spellings that can be reversed.

It was, as they say, a revelation.

“It’s about reversibility,” Sameth said. “King David is changing the direction of his life, and the two key characters, their names are palindromes. What are the chances of that?”

A new zeal for biblical reversibility led Sameth to flip the four Hebrew letters of the unpronounceable Tetragrammaton. In his head, he heard the Hebrew words hu and hi. That’s “he/she” in English.

And he felt connected to a long line of Jewish mystics who have mused about the male and female coming together.

“I really believed that I had found something significant,” Sameth said. “Then I did 10 years of study to see if I could find support for it.”

Much of his article consists of weaving together clues and examples from Jewish Scripture and wisdom that offer historical context for his thesis. For example, Sameth contends that the Zohar – a medieval, mystical Torah commentary – was referring to God’s dual-gender “when it suggested that the sin of Adam was that he ruined the marriage between the feminine and masculine halves of God by divorcing himself from the feminine.”

He also writes: “We realize now that the secret was almost revealed by the 13th-century Torah commentator Rabbeinu Bachya, who makes note of every four-word cluster in the Torah whose rashei teivot, or initial letters, spell out the Tetragrammaton in reverse.”

Rabbi Jonathan Stein, editor of the CCAR Journal, was on vacation and not available for comment.

Sameth has been the only rabbi at the decade-old Pleasantville Community Synagogue, a self-described “trans-denominational” congregation that includes elements of Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist Judaism. Congregants come from many backgrounds and communities to the synagogue, which has become known for hearty singing and dancing during services.

Talking recently about his years of study to grasp the meaning of God’s name, Sameth had to stop, swallow hard and take a breath when describing what it’s like to receive sparks of insight from the great Jewish thinkers of long ago.

“It is a form of transcendence to be connected in that way,” he said.

Sameth doesn’t believe that he has stumbled on a previously unknown understanding of God’s name, but that he has been able to connect the dots in a fresh way.

Those who find meaning in his work, he said, may encounter a different understanding of God that is comforting to feminists and those on many spiritual journeys. They may also read the Torah differently.

“If this interpretation is correct, it says that the Torah is a mystical or esoteric text,” he said. “The mystics have been saying all these years that the text conceals more than it reveals. It is structured with different levels of meaning and reveals itself over time. We’re talking about one tradition that goes all the way back.”

Katherine Kurs, a religion scholar who teaches at New School University and is an associate minister at West-Park (Presbyterian) Church in Manhattan, said that the image of God presented by Sameth will have great appeal to many people who are searching for spiritual meaning.

“Mark’s unveiling is part of a mystic lineage that presents a prismatic experience of God, that says there are ways of experiencing God that contain and explode categories simultaneously,” said Kurs, who has known Sameth since they studied together almost 20 years ago. “This God is not a male or even a female but a male-female or female-male, a God that holds tension and paradox, a full-spectrum bandwidth God.”

Sameth has shared his image of a dual-gendered God with the seventh- and eighth-graders he teaches at his synagogue. He said they’ve been very receptive, which isn’t surprising because they are growing up in a post-modern age.

“As post-moderns, we’ve been conditioned to a different relationship with language,” he said. “That’s why there is all this interest now in Jewish mysticism.”

He wonders how, 2,000 years from now, people will understand the final chapter of “Ulysses,” which includes no punctuation. Will they try to add punctuation, believing that it’s been lost? Or will they grasp that James Joyce knew what he was doing?

“Joyce was playing with language, using language to play with the medium,” Sameth said. “And the Torah isn’t just about Noah taking the animals, twosies by twosies. If that’s what the Torah was all about, how could it have captivated Western civilization for 3,000 years? There had to be more.”

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More Pagan Traditions of the Elder Brothers: Birkat ha-Levanah (Blessing of the Moon)

April 1, 2008

It is still customary to rise on the tips of the toes in the direction of the moon while reciting three times “As I dance toward thee, but cannot touch thee, so shall none of my evil-inclined enemies be able to touch me.” This is followed by “Long live David, King of Israel” (also pronounced three times) and by the greeting Shalom aleikhem (“Peace be to you”) which is extended to those standing around who respond Aleikhem shalom (“to you be peace”). [Encyclopaedia Judaica, “Birkat ha-Levanah” (Blessing of the Moon)]

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There is a theurgic ritual preserved in the Talmud, intended to ensure good fortune, called the Blessing for the New Moon.

Medieval Jewish works of astrology list a variety of human spheres that the moon affects with its waxing and waning. The ideal time for sexual intercourse is the new moon, because it would have a positive influence on a child conceived at that time. The best time to construct an amulet is determined by the phases of the moon; the same is true for performing certain medical procedures. The moon represents Malchut/Shekinah in the sefirotic Godhead [Sof. 4:5; Suk. 29a; Sanh. 42a; Zohar1: 236b]. (The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism, “Moon”)

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R. Aha b. Hanina also said in the name of R. Assi in R. Johanan’s name: Whoever pronounces the benediction over the new moon in its due time welcomes, as it were, the presence of the Shechinah … (Sanhedrin 42a)

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The Shekhinah, or Malkhut, is the tenth and last in the hierarchy of the [Kabbalistic] Sefirot. In the divine world it represents the feminine principle, while Tiferet (the sixth Sefirah) and Yesod (the ninth) represent the masculine principle. All the elements and characteristics of the other Sefirot are represented within the Shekhinah. Like the moon, she has no light of her own, but receives the divine light from the other Sefirot.(Encyclopaedia Judaica, “Shekhinah”)

Related to the above mentioned Judaic tradition of timing the conception of children with the phases of the moon is the occult tradition of the moonchild or homunculous. Aliester Crowley and Jack Parsons of the Masonic OTO and Jack Parsons’ partner in magic ritual, the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard were obsessed with the tradition of the homunculous. As we can see, the rabbis of Orthodox Judaism were promoting this occult practice in their “holy” texts long before Aliester Crowley, Jack Parsons and L. Ron Hubbard adapted it.

More Pagan Traditions of the Elder Brothers: Birkat ha-Levanah (Blessing of the Moon)

April 1, 2008

It is still customary to rise on the tips of the toes in the direction of the moon while reciting three times “As I dance toward thee, but cannot touch thee, so shall none of my evil-inclined enemies be able to touch me.” This is followed by “Long live David, King of Israel” (also pronounced three times) and by the greeting Shalom aleikhem (“Peace be to you”) which is extended to those standing around who respond Aleikhem shalom (“to you be peace”). [Encyclopaedia Judaica, “Birkat ha-Levanah” (Blessing of the Moon)]

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There is a theurgic ritual preserved in the Talmud, intended to ensure good fortune, called the Blessing for the New Moon.

Medieval Jewish works of astrology list a variety of human spheres that the moon affects with its waxing and waning. The ideal time for sexual intercourse is the new moon, because it would have a positive influence on a child conceived at that time. The best time to construct an amulet is determined by the phases of the moon; the same is true for performing certain medical procedures. The moon represents Malchut/Shekinah in the sefirotic Godhead [Sof. 4:5; Suk. 29a; Sanh. 42a; Zohar1: 236b]. (The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism, “Moon”)

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R. Aha b. Hanina also said in the name of R. Assi in R. Johanan’s name: Whoever pronounces the benediction over the new moon in its due time welcomes, as it were, the presence of the Shechinah … (Sanhedrin 42a)

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The Shekhinah, or Malkhut, is the tenth and last in the hierarchy of the [Kabbalistic] Sefirot. In the divine world it represents the feminine principle, while Tiferet (the sixth Sefirah) and Yesod (the ninth) represent the masculine principle. All the elements and characteristics of the other Sefirot are represented within the Shekhinah. Like the moon, she has no light of her own, but receives the divine light from the other Sefirot.(Encyclopaedia Judaica, “Shekhinah”)

Related to the above mentioned Judaic tradition of timing the conception of children with the phases of the moon is the occult tradition of the moonchild or homunculous. Aliester Crowley and Jack Parsons of the Masonic OTO and Jack Parsons’ partner in magic ritual, the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard were obsessed with the tradition of the homunculous. As we can see, the rabbis of Orthodox Judaism were promoting this occult practice in their “holy” texts long before Aliester Crowley, Jack Parsons and L. Ron Hubbard adapted it.