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Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Catholic Jew Reflects on Likutey Moharan 1

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov opens his “Likutey Moharan” speaking of Rabbi Shimon bar (or ben) Yochai “Come and see the works of God: amazing revelations concerning the secret of the great divinised Sage Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai”. What is this secret about Rabbi Shimon and the Zohar? The secret is that the Zohar is a great Jewish Christian work of mysticism that is Trinitarian and Marian as revealed by Jacob Frank and the Zoharists. Rebbe Nachman follows in hiddeness the teachings of Frank, as he reveals cryptically in Likutey Moharan. Rabbi Moses de Leon has edited the Zohar to hide the identities of the Rabbis of the Zohar who are in fact the disciples of Yeshuah ha Mashiach. This is the hidden Mashiach ben Yosef found present in the bread of life called the Bereikhah and his followers are the true manna-eaters.

I believe that Moses de Leon has changed the names of these disciples of the Lord into rabbis of the 2nd century. Moses de Leon is a descendant of the Davidic Royal House in Narbonne descended from Makhir Todros (Rabbi Amorai) of the 8th century and both the Zohar and Bahir were passed down and preserved by this Davidic family . Rabbi Shimon of the Zohar is used to allude to Shimon Kefa (Peter) the one who proclaimed Yeshua as ‘Ben Y-H-V-H Chai’ (Son of the living God). This was abbreviated to Ben Yochai. Rebbe Nachman then demonstrates how Rabbi Shimon’s teaching has greater authority than that of the sages of Yavneh. The Rabbinic sages of Yavneh teach; “The Torah will one day be forgotten by Israel”. Rabbi Shimon teaches otherwise by referring to Deut.31:21 “it will not be forgotten from the mouth of his seed”. In Hebrew this is ‘kI loA tishakhaCH mipiY zarO’ the last letters of each word can be rearranged to spell Yochai. The Torah which is the divine Song would always be sung. This “Song of Moses” is passed on to Yehoshuah his successor (his spiritual seed) see Deut.31:14.

Rebbe Nachman states that this ‘song’ is the mystical understanding of Torah that finds its fulfilment in the Son of the living God (Yochai) as remembered by his ‘seed’ Shimon and recorded in the Zohar. Just as Moses passed on the authority of the mysteries of the Presence (Jesus) in Tabernacle (symbolizing Mary/Miriam)and cloud (symbol of Joseph)to Yehoshua ben Nun, so the new Yehoshuah (Yeshuah/Jesus) passes these mysteries on to his spiritual seed Shimon Peter. This mystical oral teaching of Peter and the early Jewish Christians is preserved in the Zohar in secret within the Jewish community. Reb Noson states that the teachings of Rebbe Nachman are universal (k’laliyut) which means Catholic. However Rebbe Nachman must cover this Catholic teaching in the garments of the particular Jewish garb in order to bring these mysteries to his own people without them rejecting them.

Likutey Moharan 1 is called ‘Ashrei T’mimei Darekh’. Ashrei T’mimei Darekh means happy are those whose way is simple (perfect). The word ‘Tam’ has the meaning of simple, perfect, whole, complete. In the Bible Jacob and Joseph are called ‘tam’. This word is also used to refer to Jacob Frank in his writings who took the name Joseph on his baptism into the Catholic Church. Rebbe Nachman reveals that at present time in the Exile of Edom the Jewish people (Israel) have, due to their sins, fallen from true grace and importance which is now found among the others (i.e. the Gentiles of Edom). However, by means of the mystical understanding of Torah, Israel will be restored and enhanced to grace and importance. For the Israelite Man (Ish haIsraeli) must focus and bind himself to the inner essence of the Divine Will impressed (reshimu) in each created thing. This inner essence or intelligence (sekhel) is the great light concealed in the wisdom of the Catholic Church (who wears the garments of Adam/Edom). Eccles.8:1 can be read as ‘the wisdom of Adam shines on his face’ or as ‘the Wisdom of Edom shines on his face’. This idea of Esau/Edom wearing the garments of Adam is found in the Zohar and also in the teachings of Jacob Frank. Rebbe Nachman writes: “As it is written ‘The wisdom of Adam(Edom) shines on his face’. This is the concept of Yaakov (Jacob). For YaAKoV merited the rights of the firstborn...”

Rebbe Nachman often alludes to the red heifer. The concept of the ‘red heifer’ (para EDuMah) alludes to the Mystical Miriam who will be embraced by EDoM (Rome). In a sense Our Lady is the mystical ninth red heifer at the time of the rise of the pagan Roman Empire. The future mystical tenth red heifer is the Virgin of Edom (Rome) who would arise at the time of the rise of a new secular Rome (Edom) who would reveal the ‘daat’ (knowledge) of a new and eternal sanctity. [This began with the unification of Italy around 1870 leading to the treaty of Rome and the creation of the new secular European Union.]

The Zohar speaks of the Patriarch Jacob and how he dons the garments of Adam/Edom (the sefirot of Adam Kadmon) and attains to a high spiritual state of light called ‘sun’ [shemesh] which is ‘sekhel’ or the inner intelligence or understanding of the Divine Will present in each created thing/word (davar). In Joseph’s dream Jacob is called the Sun and Rachel the Moon. Jacob Frank is seen as the new Jacob and Joseph who seeks to don the garments of Adam/Edom by embracing baptism in the Catholic (universal) Faith as a first step leading to the daat (knowledge). These garments of Adam Kadmon are ‘reishit’ (beginning of) the way of Wisdom which is the spiritual life. Jacob represents the Jewish people and Esau/Edom the Christian peoples. By donning the garments of Adam both Jacob and Esau can be transformed into the great and universal light which is Joseph. It is also interesting to note that the mother of Frank was also called Rachel.

Rebbe Nachman elsewhere in ‘Likutey Moharan’ refers to these garments as a robe of gold. One attains to the ‘garments of Yesha’ (salvation) which are silver garments representing Redemption and then one desires the robe of gold which represent Sanctification. This is the golden-red ‘sun robe’ of the divine Will. Jacob Frank believed that if 600,000 Jews would accept the silver-white garments of baptism in the Catholic Church and come on a mass pilgrimage to the shrine of our Lady of Czestochowa then they would be granted the grace of the knowledge of this golden-red ‘Sun’ of the divine and eternal sanctity alluded to in the mystery of the garments of Edom. However only 60,000 of his followers embraced baptism in the Catholic Church, the rest remained hidden in the Jewish communities. Frank believed that when 600,000 Jews willingly and freely embraced the Church and honoured Our Lady in a mass gathering then the Russians would reunite with the Catholic Church. This would bring about the mystical Resurrection of the Dead prophesied by St Paul in Romans 11. He also speaks of this future mystical resurrection of the Dead in Phillipians 3.

Rebbe Nachman refers to Genesis 27:36 where Esau cries out “and YaAKVeiny (he obstructed me) these two times” alluding to the two Jacobs – the patriarch Jacob and Jacob Frank- who both have to deal with their brother Edom. Rebbe Nachman in a very clever but veiled way reveals that the Chen (grace) needed by Israel is found in the mystery of the word CheN itself. The chet here represents chiut and chai (life). And the NuN is the concept of NuN (fishhook) or nuna (fish/Joseph). The sun /Jacob is the inner essence of Adam Kadmon (divine man) and it manifests as sunlight /wisdom who is Joseph (God’s Wisdom). The concept of NuN reveals malkhut (kingdom). Rebbe Nachman then quotes Psalm 72:17 “before the sun yeNoN (be perpetuated) his name”. The chai here is seen as the Sun and the nun as the moon. Here is revealed cryptically that Yehoshuah (Joshua) ben Nun alludes to the Messiah Yeshuah (or Yehoshuah) who is divine Life and sun of the divine Will. Mashiach is the son of Joseph (NuN) and Joseph like the moon has no life of his own but that reflected by the Sun.

Jacob Frank’s role in salvation history was as a new Jacob to be a sign of the future union of Jacob and Esau and to plant the seeds leading to the revelation of the glories of Joseph and the preparation for the kingdom of righteousness and holiness that a future woman of Edom (Rome) would reveal. It is only when the knowledge of this new grace triumphs that Jacob and Esau would unite revealing the full glories of Joseph and the Kingdom of Holiness (Malkhut d’kedushah). The two Tzadikim are Joseph [also known as Sandalphon (fish-like face or form) in the angelic realm] and Luisa (Nukvah/being female) represented by the two olive wood cherubim in the Temple that flank the gold cherubim on the Ark. The two kadoshim are Jesus (Metatron) and Mary (Matronita)represented by the two golden cherubim on the Ark. Rebbe Nachman refers to Joseph as the Hidden Tzadik and he awaits the true handmaid he called Tzadaka (righteousness or charity) or Tzadika (female Tzadik) realising that Eva Frank was a false handmaid and not the woman of Edom (Rome) that would reveal this new Daat (knowledge) and enhanced Grace (chen). Daat is represented by the beloved doe and chen by the graceful gazelle. Frank and Nachman see that Edom (Rome) which was sinful and pagan has embraced the inner grace and become a Joseph people. Whereas those Jews (represented by Jacob/Israel) who don’t bind themselves to the inner wisdom become like Esau and despise their birthright.

This mystery of the Tav in the chet of chen is further discussed by R. Nachman. In the ancient Hebrew-Phoenician alphabet the tav is in the form of a cross. So tav represents the Cross of the hidden Messiah. “By means of the chen, a space is carved out and marked in the heart..” The concept of Chen and Tav united with the nun also allude to the word nachat (gentle/calm)- this alludes to be intercessory prayer and power flowing from the cross (tav) as grace (chen) through the seed of the Mother (moon/nun). The gentle one is the Messiah son of Joseph who doesn’t break a bruised reed. R. Nachman refers to this reed that becomes Rome in the Likutey Moharan. The gentle Messiah will not break Rome but convert it- turning dross and evil into light and good- making Rome the place where God dwells in his universal community. This is a great Tikkun (reparation).

Likutey Moharan 1:4 speaks of Jacob as one who has merited grace from Joseph who is the one who dispenses grace. This alludes to Jacob Frank meriting grace through Joseph the Hidden Tzadik who receives from his virginal spouse the Mediatrix of all Graces. This Mediatrix is the daughter of Chanah (Grace). Jacob Frank’s wife was also called Chanah. R. Nachman refers to BeNjamiN (also associated with the NuN/fish) being blessed by Joseph. Here he refers to Rebbe Benjamin Ephraim Broide of Sheklov (aka Alexander Brody/Reb Sender) the secret leader of the Zoharists or Frankists in the Rabbinic community and his father-in-law. It would seem that these hidden Catholic Jewish Tzadiks used the symbol of the fish, just as did the early Christians in Roman times, as a sign of Joseph and the Messiah son of Joseph.
Rebbe Nachman’s teaching has many layers of meaning and he reveals many different aspects of the concepts of Jacob and Joseph. Joseph is the firstborn of the Chayot associated with the ox or oxen (also unicorns). The word for Ox is 'shor' and in a number of places Rebbe Nachman alludes to this as one of the leading Frankist families were called Shor (who took the name Wolowski on becoming Catholics).

A ‘Joseph’ is one who gazes and sees the inner meaning of all created things. Joseph the Patriarch was one such gazer of secrets, as were St Joseph the Tzadik, St Joseph of Arimathea and Jacob Frank who took the baptismal name of Joseph; and the ultimate Joseph is the Messiah son of Joseph. The author of this article also took the name Joseph as his Catholic confirmation name on his entry into the Catholic Church. St. Joseph of Copertino was another of these gazers as was Pope John Paul II (whose name was Carol Joseph Woytila) and Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger). The term firstborn is BeKhoR in Hebrew which is similar to BeRekhah (blessing). Ratzinger states that the Hebrew term for the Eucharist is Bereikhah. His papal name Benedict is Baruch (blessed) in Hebrew. ‘Baruch (Benedict) is he who comes in the name of the LORD’ (Matthew 23:39). He is the ‘glory of the Olive’ Josephite patriarch from the Lost Tribe of Asher (found partly in Austria and Bavaria) [see Deut.33]. Sixteen is shesh esreh. Esreh is similar to ashrei and shesh is a word that has deep mystical significance in Kabbalah. RaTziNGeR is ratzon gar (living in divine will).

In the 5th section of Likutey Moharan 1 Rebbe Nachman sums up his discussion by the use of a mystical interpretation of the strange tales told by Rabbah bar bar Chanah. Many deep mysteries are hidden here regarding the trinity and the incarnation and the cross. Here Rebbe Nachman reveals that ashrei (happy) is associated with gazing. Ashrei also alludes to the teachings of the Messiah son of Joseph we call the beatitudes.

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