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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Binah, Emunah and Lev: Our Lady Zohar: A Hebrew Catholic Reflection

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov often spoke about the importance of spiritually awakening people by the means of song and storytelling. His Hasidic way was the way of the Heart (Lev) and his teachings draw their main source from the Zohar which is itself a book of the Heart of the Mother crying out to waken up the sleeping minds, hearts and souls of her children through the stories of the Bible, Talmud and Zohar. The Zoharists of the 18th century would sing the Zohar in honour of the Shekhinah. This motherly Heart is called Binah (Understanding) and Imma (Mama).

Zohar Parashat Kedoshim links the terms of Binah (understanding or sense) with the Heart (Lev). This concept of the loving maternal and holy Heart that awakens sleeping souls is discussed by linking Parashat Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:1-20:27) with Psalm 32 and Proverbs 9. Zohar is the maternal Dark Light that is called the feminine Oral Torah. She cries and sings forth to awaken.

Rabbi Eleazar opened with: "Be not like a horse, like a mule, without sense (havin)...(Psalm 32:9). How often does Torah awaken man, how often does she raise her voice in every situation to arouse them! Yet they all sleep, with a slumber in their eyes, not seeing or discerning...For they are all completely flawed, having no knowledge of faith (emunah) in the Divine King... For Torah cries out to them saying: "Whoever is simple, let him turn aside here, he who lacks sense (Lev / Heart)-she says to him..". (Proverbs 9:4). [Zohar Kedoshim 3:80 a]

Just as a mule is the infertile offspring of an act of unnatural lust between a horse and a donkey, so those who do actions that are not in union with the Holy Heart who is Our Lady Torah, lacks faith (emunah) and understanding (Binah) and are spiritually unfruitful and sterile. The Zohar sees our actions as our offspring or children. 

When we do our acts in her acts we live in Divine Will as all her acts dwell in Divine Will. She is the Torah in action, she is the personification of the mitzvot (commandments) done from the heart (symbolised by the lower heart tefillin). She is the sign and vessel for the One Act or Command that encompasses all acts in her mystical heart and womb.

 When our acts are done from the heart (lev) and with deep spiritual understanding (Binah/ havin) and complete faith (emunah) in the Divine King we become saints (tzaddikim) and we draw down the Holy Spirit into our acts, thus united in virginal nuptial union with the Lady Torah who is also the Lady Wisdom (Hokhmah/ Sophia) who focuses all on the Divine King. The bread and wine she offers us is the Divine King himself.  

"Whoever is simple, let him turn aside here, he who lacks sense (Lev / Heart)-she says to him: Come eat of my bread, and drink of the wine I have mixed.." (Proverbs 9:4-5). 

This is both Marian and Eucharistic mystery that is only understood and believed by faith by those who eat the Heavenly Manna discerning the mystery of the Heart.

Happy are the righteous (tzaddikim), who engage in Torah, know the ways of the Blessed Holy One, and sanctify themselves with the holiness of the King, becoming completely holy. Thus they draw down the Holy Spirit from on high, and all their sons are truly virtuous and called 'sons of the King', 'holy sons'. [Zohar 3:80b]

These sons do not refer to biological offspring but to one's acts or actions. Thus holy sons are one's acts done in accord with the Divine Will and wicked and impure sons are those acts done contrary to the Divine Will. Our holy acts open them to being divinised or filled with the Holy Spirit, our impure acts open us to the 'other side' (demonic side) which invest those impure and wicked acts with evil. When Jewish tradition states that Lilith is the mother of the demons who are the offspring of Adam, it is referring to these acts done contrary to the Divine Will by Adam and his sons.

When the Blessed Holy One unveiled the world and sought to reveal the deep from within the hidden and light from within darkness, they were intermingled - for out of darkness issued light, and out of the hidden was revealed the deep, one issuing from the other. Out of good issues evil, out of compassion issues Judgment. All is interwoven - the good impulse and the evil impulse...The world appears as a single clustered garland interlaced; and when the world is tried, it is judged with mingled Judgment... [Zohar 3:80b]

Most of our acts as fallen sons of Adam are a mixture of good and bad. However goodness has priority as first Adam lived in Divine Will and his acts were pure and holy- but from this came his fallen act. However the motives or impulses that led to this act were a mixture of good and bad but resulted in an act contrary to the Divine Will. By engaging with the acts of the Lady Wisdom our acts can be turned back to the Divine Will and be purified and divinised in her Heart by faith (emunah). Thus the lost princess called Emunah is restored to her Father's Kingdom, where the Divine Will is in all acts on earth as it is in heaven.

see Divine Melody: A Theology of the Body