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Donmeh West is devoted exclusively to distributing the Neo-Sabbatian teachings of the antinomian Kabbalist, Reb Yakov Leib HaKohain as described in the recent interview with him by the noted Israeli newspaper, Ma'ariv, at http://www.nrg.co.il/online/43/ART1/746/327.html.

MA'ARIV: Why neo-Sabbatianism? What does this approach have that other religious streams, in or outside of Judaism, lack?

REB YAKOV LEIB HAKOHAIN: First, we are not a "religion." Neo-Sabbatianism seeks to destroy religion, not to perpetuate it. Religions -- all religions (and most especially the so-called "Abrahamic" religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam) -- are the Kellipot surrounding and entrapping the Glory of God. Jews worship Judaism; Christians worship Christianity; Muslims worship Islam -- we Neo-Sabbatians worship God, not as a supernatural being but as an infinite, boundless, undefinabable Mind possessing no corporeality or substance, yet having self-awareness, intelligence, emotion, will, and intention. All things that ever were, are and will be are in this "God," but in potential rather than physical form. This "God" is energy, not entity -- at first, before creation, Energy in its potential state but, during and after creation, energy in its kinetic state as well. Like energy, and because it is energy, this "God" can neither be created nor destroyed. It corresponds more to the Ayn Sof of Kabbalah than to the Yahweh of Judaism. Strictly speaking, we Neo-Sabbatians don't "worship" or pray to this "God" but seek to know It, communicate with It and assist It in its return to the wholeness from which It has fallen by the act of creation. We do this not "out there" as religions do, but "in here" as the so-called mystic does. We do this not through religious creed and ritual -- which we consider deterrents rather than aids to knowing "God" -- but by the direct inner experience of It through the power of Ze'ir Anpin, or what C. G. Jung calls "the One who dwells within [us]."

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  • Sep 4, 1999
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