what do you think about messianic judaism?
- 2. The Blossoms / [Flower] Buds
Many spiritual secrets are contained in this next section. The
budding and blossoming of a flower reflects the process of creation
that unfolds in the Upper World as well as the in Lower World, which
is our physical universe. As a seed contains the entire flower, the
original thought of creation contains the creation as a whole,
including its final and complete perfection. The actual Hebrew letters
that speak of these secrets give us the power to perceive the future
consequences that are already included in our present actions, just as
a flower is already included in a seed.
The Zohar speaks of the great Patriarchs who were also included
within the original thought and seed of creation. These spiritual
leaders would become the universal conduits by which humanity could
connect to the Light of the Creator. The appearance of these great men
in the Aramaic text of the Zohar helps to strengthen our connection to
the Creator and to our own spiritual roots.
4. "IN THE BEGINNING," Rabbi Shimon quoted the verse, "the flower buds
appeared on the earth" (Shir Hashirim 2:12). "The flower buds" refer
to the act of creation; "appeared on the earth." When? On the third
day, as it is written, "And the earth brought forth" (Beresheet 1:12).
Since then, they have been seen on the earth. "The time of pruning has
come" alludes to the fourth day, when the "pruning of the tyrants"
(negative forces) took place. THEREFORE OF THIS DAY, IT IS WRITTEN,
"LET THERE BE LIGHTS" (Beresheet 1:14), with the letter Vav missing
from the word lights. (The Hebrew word 'lights' when written without a
vav, can be read as a curse). "And the voice of the turtle dove" (Shir
Hashirim 2:12) refers to the fifth day, about which it is written,
"Let the waters swarm" (Beresheet 1:20), so they can produce living
creatures. "Is heard" (mentioned in Shir Hashirim) refers to the sixth
day, on which it says, "Let us make man" (Beresheet 1:26), who shall
put action before listening. Because it says here, "Let us make man,"
while there on Mount Sinai, when Hashem asked the Yisrael about the
Torah, they said "we will do, and we will hear (we will try to
understand)" (Shemot 24:7). "In our land" (Shir Hashirim 2:12) refers
to the day of Shabbat, which represents the Land of Life, which is THE
WORLD TO COME.
5. Another explanation is that these blossoms are the Patriarchs who
entered the thought of the Creator and went into the future world,
NAMELY BINAH, where they were hidden. They emerged from there secretly
and hid themselves in the true prophets. Yosef was born and they hid
in him. When Yosef entered the Holy Land, he revealed their presence
and then "they appeared on the earth" and were seen there. And when
are they seen? When the rainbow is seen in the sky. Because when the
rainbow is seen, then they appear. And at that moment, "the time of
pruning has come." This means that this is the period to annihilate
the wicked from the world. But why were the wicked saved? Because the
Flower Buds appeared on the earth. If they had not ALREADY appeared SO
LONG AGO, (THE WICKED) would not have remained on earth, and the world
would have been destroyed.
6. And who sustains the world and causes the Fathers (patriarchs) to
appear? It is the voices of the children who study the Torah. And the
world is saved (from destruction) for the sake of these children. In
deference to them, it is written, "We will make you ornaments of gold"
(Shir Hashirim 1:11). This refers to the children, boys and young men,
as is written, "And you shall make two cherubim of gold" (Shemot 25:18).
- Great thread,
For my part, the Zohar and, for that matter the Kabal,
are simply works made by men in their (our) ever
constant efforts to redefine or "illuminate" the
Hebrew Scriptures. It is really no different than the
Gnostic Gospels, the Christian Scriptures, the
Apocrypha, the Book of Mormon or the Quaran. In other
words, I believe it might make for interesting reading
but is more relevent to learning about the men or man
who authored it than about God.
As for Messianic Judaism or Jews for Jesus or
"Completed Jews", these terms are really just
euphamisms for Christianity. I might bend from that
view a little when one speaks of the Ebionic
Christians that existed in the first, second and third
centuries of the common era. In fact, from an
historical perspective (in other words, as a matter of
academic interest), I would love to establish whether
the church that existed in Jerusalem was Paulist or
Ebionic. I see a whole lot of evidence that suggests
the latter and comparatively little to suggest the
former. If anyone wants to pick up such a thread for
discussion, it would be immensely interesting to me.
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