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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Last Penny and Rebbe Nachman: A Hebrew Catholic Understanding

Matthew 5:25-26 [RSV] "Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny."

Rebbe Nachman taught: "This is the meaning of what our sages taught: the Mashiach son of David will not come until the last penny is gone from the pocket (Sanhedrin 97a)- that is, gone are the atheists who have no faith in miracles and explain away all miracles as natural phenomena."

There is a mystical connection here. When we hate and accuse our brother Jews then we create a dark spiritual prison which led to the destruction of the Temple and Israel. We then went in to the long prison-like Exile of Edom.

Rebbe Nachman goes on to explain that "... the qintessence of miracles is in the Land of Israel, for the land of Israel drinks first (Taanit 10a) It drinks from the depths (t'home)... This is the meaning of...the last penny is gone from the pocket...When this is gone and there is abundant faith in the world, then Mashiach will come. For the redemption essentially depends upon this abundant faith as it is written 'Come gaze upon the peak of Amanah'."

Thus the hatred to ones fellow man led to a prison-like condition which led to atheism. Just as Israel had to drink of the punishment first so Israel will be restored out of the spiritual Exile of Edom first. The secular atheists of Israel will be gone and we will then see a manifestation or revelation of the Mashiach ben David in Glory.

Rebbe Nachman further teaches: " The revelation of God's Glory is the rising sun. And with the shining of the rising sun will come healing, as it is written, 'But for you who revere my Name the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in his wings'. (Malachi 3:20). For the prophetic spirit that will spread as God's Glory is revealed is itself the healing brought by the rising sun. The revelation of God's Glory comes through prayer which causes the clouds - the forces of unholiness and impurity- to disperse and disappear. The nations of the world will turn to God, and his glory will be revealed. through the abundant prayer, sin will be forgiven, and then the sun will rise and shine, bringing healing."

On a more literal level the passage in Matthew speaks of purgatory however on a mystical level it refers to the purifying Exile of Edom that the Jewish people would have to go through until they paid the last penny for the sins that led to the destruction of the Temple and Israel. The rise of Atheism is the last bitter fruit of that Exile caused by accusing our brothers. The sun is a symbol of the Divine Will and its rising will led to the healing of the wounds of atheism in Israel and the nations. A new and divine sanctity will bring deep healing to the souls of man so that God's Glory will reign in them. Then also the hatred and envy between the Catholic Church which is Ephraim (dwelling in the midst of Edom)and the Jewish People (Judah)will cease according to Isaiah 11: "The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim." This new love between the separated brothers will lead to the enemies of the Jewish people being defeated.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

The Zohar and the Mystery of the Incarnation: A Hebrew Catholic Reflection

The following passage from the Zohar reveals the mystery of the Incarnation. The Matronita (Maiden/Virgin) who is also called the Female (Nukva)brings the male Divine Soul who is the Splendour of Carmel and the Divine Man of the Sefirot to earth as the male Tzadik (righteous One). This is the son of the Matronita. All righteous souls are made in the likeness of these two Tzaddikim of the male and female (Yeshua and Miriam).

This passage also speaks of the important role of the Mother (in, with and through the Holy Spirit) in bringing her son to earth and also mystically bringing him to the Father's Divine Palace by her part in the Redemption and her Fiat. The Zohar further reveals that at the moment of death all righteous souls are greeted by the Celestial Mother who leads them to the Divine Palace where her son now dwells with the Divine King. The mysteries of the Zohar can be read at different levels. On the highest level the Matronita can be read as the Holy Spirit and on the next level as Mary in the Holy Spirit. In mysticism there is never one correct understanding but many diferent layers of understanding.

Zohar Veyechi says "Come and see: There are three souls which pertain to certain divine grades. The three are really four. The first is a Divine soul, which cannot be perceived by the higher treasurer, much less by the lower one. It is the soul of all the souls, hidden and never revealed to be known. All stem from it.

It is wrapped in a garment made of the splendour of the Carmel, which drips pearls, all linked as one like the limbs of the body. The Divine soul enters them, and displays through them its works. It and they are one with nothing to divide them. This is the Divine soul, the most hidden.

Another soul is the Female, which hides among her armies. She is their soul and receives a body from them so as to display through them her handiwork to all the world, just as the body is a vessel which executes its works through the soul. They are like the hidden ones above are attached.

Another soul is the souls of the righteous below. The souls of the righteous come from the Celestial souls, the soul of the female and the soul of the male. For this reason, the souls of the righteous are higher than all the armies and legions of angels above.

You may say that if the souls are elevated on two sides, why then do they descend into this world, and why leave it? A king who begot a son. He sent him to be raised in a village until it was time for him to be taught the ways of the palace. When the king heard his son is grown up, out of love for him, he sent the Matronita his mother to fetch him. She brought him to the palace, where he rejoiced every day.

The Holy One, blessed be He, also begot a son by the Matronita. Who is he? The Divine Holy Soul. He sent him to the village,to this world, to be raised and be brought up in the ways of the King's palace. When the King saw that his son was grown up in this village, and that it was time to bring him to the palace, what did he do? Out of love for his son, he sent the Matronita, who fetched him to his palace. The soul never leaves this world until the Matronita comes for it, and brings it to the King's palace where it remains forever.

Yet it is the way of the world that the inhabitants of the village weep when the King's son parts from them. There was a wise man there, who said: Wherefore are you crying, is he not a king's son? It is not meet that he shall dwell among you any longer, but in his father's palace. Moshe too, who was wise, saw the inhabitants of the village crying, and said to them, "You are the children of Hashem your Elohim: you shall not gash yourselves" (Devarim 14:1).

Come and see: if all the righteous knew that they would be glad when the day comes for them to depart from this world. For is it not a high honor that the Matronita comes for them to escort them into the King's palace, and that the King will daily rejoice in them? For the Holy One, blessed be He, amuses Himself only with the souls of the righteous.

Come and see: the love of the Lady of Israel. For the Holy One, blessed be He, is stirred by the souls of the righteous below. Since they come from the side of the King, the side of the male, the female is aroused from the side of the male, and love is stirred. Thus the male incites affection and love within the female and she is united in love with the male.

In the same manner, the desire of the female to pour forth lower waters towards the upper waters is aroused solely by the souls of the righteous. Happy are the righteous in this world and in the World to Come, for they support the upper and lower. Therefore it just says, "The Tzadik is the foundation of the world" (Mishlei 10:25).

The secret thereof is that the righteous is Yesod above, and Yesod below. The Lady of Israel,comprises the upper and lower righteous. The Tzadik on this side, and the Tzadik on that side, inherit. Hence it says, "The righteous shall inherit the earth" (Tehilim 38:29), and assuredly they will inherit earth. Come and see: The righteous, inherits the earth, pours blessings upon it every day and furnishes it with delights and dainties which he draws upon it. We have already explained this."

This Lady of Israel is the Mother of the Splendour of Carmel. This links us to the mention of Carmel in the Song of Songs 7:5. As Mother of the Splendour of Carmel she is the Lady of Carmel. This is part of the deep mystery of the ascent of Mt Carmel also called the Rosh (Head) of Carmel. This is part of the deep mysteries of Eliyahu (Elijah), the Messiah and the Lady Mother of Carmel. It was on Mt Carmel that Eliyahu perceived the "yad" shaped cloud. "Yad' in this case meant either the hands or feet. On one level it is the "Hand of Miriam" and on another it is the foot of the Woman of Genesis 3:15. This is a deep Marian and Carmelite mystery.