Rabbi Rami Shapiro
- Well dear friends, I thought I would share some more
from one I am considering to be my Rabbi. I wonder if
one can have two Rabbis?
Again as a reminder his book is called The Divine
Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature.
From the Introduction:
" Another reason for ignoring the teachings of Chokma
is that She is intrinsically antiestablishment and
nonhierarichal. Wisdom is taught, so the student needs
a teacher, but once She is learned there is a great
leveling: Teacher and student sahre the same
understanding. "Behold, days are coming...when I will
seal a new convenant with the House of Israel and with
the House of Judah...I will place My Teaching within
them and I will write it on their heart...They will no
longer teach one another, saying, Know the Lord! for
everyone will know Me, from the smallest to the
greatest" (Jeremiah 31:30-33)
Now, look at where we have Wisdom saying, 'I will seal
a new convenant' Wisdom is speaking as the Lord in the
scripture, is She not? Or is this a precursor to
Anthroposophia, who as the emissary of the Sophia will
be made known so that others will know the Lord. It's
interesting to me to see these words this way. It
calls to mind Diane Englesman wherein she spoke about
how Chockma was the Logos from the beginning and then
slowly in the first few centuries Logos became known
as the Christ.
It is in here that I find the Hebrews know more than
what we are considering. We consider only the
statement from our teacher that they missed the
Christ. But there is something new that must come from
a whole people that love God more than any known group
in the world as a collective. And this is a people
who's relationship with God is real and personal. They
fight with God, they debate with God, they study God.
I want to share how this Rabbi came into contact with
Chochma. I think it's important because we can see a
pattern that happens when Wisdom knocks on your door
or you had knocked on Hers and She opened it. Maybe
sometimes we don't know we are knocking on Her door
and so when suddenly things begin to happen we are
surprised. And really I guess it is our own door that
is opening. She's pretty much on the outside. Isn't
that funny. It's like we've locked Her out in a way.
And so She has to knock on our door and go through our
streets because nobody will let Her in. Kinda like the
saying 'I have no place to est my head' by Christ.
There really is this definite chasing of sorts, this
acknowledgement and then this thing that happens
wherein you can not but help to seek Her further. Your
days and nights are filled with looking for Her
everywhere. It is the story told by all who can speak
on Her beginning in Provers and other old scriptures
of the Bible. When reading Sergei Prokofieff one can
readily understand how it is that He is able to speak
on the things he is pertaining to the Sophia: he has
come to know Her. It's what happens. Some are able to
do it better than others but it in no wise changes the
fact that we have indeed committed ourselves to this
Being because this Being leads us to Christ.
" I first met MOther Wisdom, Chochma in Hebrew, Sophia
in Greek, during my freshman year at the University of
Massachusetts in Amherst. I had been studying the
Hindu legends of Lord Shiva and His Consort Shakti and
found striking parrallels between them and their
kabbalistic equivalents, HaShem (the Name, Y-H-V-H)
and Shekinah (the masculine and feminine aspects of
God, respectively). I began to read all I could find
on the Hebrew Goddess, as Raphael Patai called Her,
adn immersed my self in his work as well as the work
of Eric Neumann, Robert Graves, and Johann Jakob
Bachoven. During my junior year of college I presented
a paper on the Hebrew Goddess to a select group of
professors during a daylong conference convened to
explore the Goddess in Hind and kabbalistic thought.
I thought I was done with her after that, yet several
years later, when applying to rabbinical school at the
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, my work on
Mother was brought up to challenge the authenticity of
my scholarship. While my study of the Hebrew Goddess
was raw and certainly smacked of undergraduate
overzealousness, and excess, it seemed to have
offended several of the professors at RRC. "The only
mother godess we Jews have is Golda Meir," one
professor said derisively. "Your word is bunk."
Needless to say I did not attend the Reconstructionist
College and, when applying for admission to the Reform
Movement's Hebrew Union College, I thought it best not
to mention my affair with the Goddess. I had little
contact with the Mother during my five years at Hebrew
Union College. I imagined She was a bit miffed at me
and kept Her distance. Indeed, it wasn't until the
early 1990s that She came back into my life.
I was sitting at my kitchen table reading the Miami
Herald and marvelling at a wonderful oil painting of
the Virgin Mary that was printed in full color above
the fold on the front page. I could not take my eyes
off it. The detail, the brushwork, the use of color -
the whole thing captivated me; it looked like
something van Gogh would have painted. I had yet to
read the article, and just kept staring at the
painting. Finally it dawned on me that I could see the
painting in person if I read teh text and found out
which gallery was showing it.
As I read the accompanying article, I discovered that
this was not a painting at all. IT was an oil slick
that appeared on the giant plate glass window of a
bank in Clearwater, Florida. It was a miracle, a sign
from the Virgin attesting to the the truth of Her Son
adn Her compassion for humankind. Thousands of
believers were streaming into Clearwater to see Her. I
am not a believer and I didn't drive to the bank to
pay homage. But if Muhammed won't come to the
After the incident at the bank, I began to see Her
everywhere. And worse, She started talking to me.
Knowing that owning up to Her cost me with the
admissions committee of the Reconstructionist
Rabbinical College, I'm not going to share the details
of our conversationss; suffice it to say that She
intruded on my meditation and prayer time, and just
wouldn't leave me alone.
When I moved from Florida to Los Angeles and began
running retreats out of La Casa de Maria, She had me.
I would go for walks late at night and talk with Her.
Just in case I was going to make the mistake of
assuming She was Mary exclusively, She sent me up the
road to the Vedanta Convent where I found Her in Hindu
garb as the Mother, the Divine Feminine worshipped by
I shared what was happening to me with my friend and
teacher Harvey, a devotee of the Mother in all Her
forms. "The Mother is chasing you," he said, "and you
must surrender to Her." I protested his assessment and
explained that I was having trouble reconciling Her
with my personal nondualist and nongendered theology.
"If God is everything," he said, "why can't God not
also be Mother? If God is everything, why can't God
manifest as Other? She calls to everyone, and to
ignore Her is to ignore the greatest gift you may ever
be offered: the passionate embrace of the Mother. She
is going to hound you until She has you, and then She
is going to strip you of all your ideas and notions
until there is nothing left to you but the ectasy of
Her embrace." I protested again, claiming that I
couldn't embrace the Virgin; I am a Jew. With a look
that said, 'My poor, poor idiot friend,' Andrew said
to me, "It isn't Mary, but the Mother. She comes to
Christians as the Blessed Virgin; She comes to you as
Chochma, Mother Wisdom." And with that my whole life
Chochma, the Hebrew word for 'wisdom' is the
manifestation of the Divine Mother as She appears in
the Hebrew bible. She is the first manifestation of
God, the vehicle of His unfolding, the Way of nature,
the Way God is in the world you and I experience every
day. Seeing Her as Chochma removed the last of my
defenses. I stopped running away, and gave myself to
Her as best I could."
I end here as I head out for my coffee.
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- Dear Dottie,
Valentin Tomberg, in Meditations on the Tarot, advises that there
are two trinities, which can be visualized as two intersecting
triangles. At the top of the first triangle, the Father, to the left at
the bottom the Son and to the right the Holy Spirit. The second
triangle is superimposed over the first, such that the it is inverted,
with the apex at the bottom, the Mother, the upper left of the
horizontal line is the Daughter, and the upper right the Holy Soul.
These two triangles when superimposed in this way create the Seal of
Solomon, or the six pointed hexagram well known to Hebrew Lore. See:
So the Father above in the heavens, the Mother below in the Center
of existence (on the other side of the eight inner spheres of the earth,
from where she rules the dark). These two apexes of triangle "radiate"
out, one downward and the other upward, producing the horizontal lines,
with the line of the Son and the Holy Spirit below (but above the
Mother), while the line of the Daughter and Holy Soul is above (but
below the Father).
Humanity is in the Center, within the hexagon created in the center
by the crossing of the lines of the six points of the hexagram, and
between the two horizontal lines, while surrounded by the raditating
forces of the Father and the Mother.
Each of the six "powers" also has an apex point from which its
forces radiate inward, also surrounding and enfolding humanity.
As I've suggested before, and which your own interests (and all
kinds of the other literature, including the DeVinci Code) show, is that
the Feminine Mysteries are again on the rise, which is felt mostly in
the soul (thus our interest), but also in the upbuilding forces which
appear in the social organism in the phenomena of Civil Society. the
p.s. see my poem, "the gift of another's eyes" which is part of my
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> I wanted to share a story in the Times today that I
> thought was pretty astounding. They are looking at new
> ways to call the Trinity. One of them is Father,
> Mother, Holy Womb.... I mean whoa...
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