By Perle Besserman
The purple bracelet: it graces the wrists of various celebrities - from Madonna to Britney Spears - who've switched over to the non secular perform of Kabbalah. yet what's Kabbalah and the way can girls use it on their very own lives? In a brand new Kabbalah for girls, bestselling writer and instructor of Jewish mysticism and meditation, Perle Besserman, stocks a female method of spirituality. because the time of Moses, Jewish mysticism has been barred to girls, and Shekhinah, the female aspect of God, has been compelled underground. Now, many ladies are adapting conventional mystical practices in radical new methods. Besserman is on the leading edge of this revolution. during this publication she lines the historical past of female-centered worship and tells the tale of attempting to find her personal route to fact. Combining practices from the Kabbalah with meditation, Besserman walks readers via step by step rituals to discover their very own own reference to the divine.
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I screamed back at him, my voice cracking with a lifetime of accumulated rage at Orthodox men in black suits. ANCIENT BEGINNINGS 43 “You don’t cover your head, and that means you’re not pure. ” My hands shaking, I picked up my pen. ” Black suit lowered his crutch. “You are endangering your life in the world to come. In your impurity you are endangering the life of your husband, your children, your grandchildren—all those in contact with you. Every letter you have written has endangered everyone on this trip.
The mystics’ almost obsessive emphasis on rectifying Adam’s sin ANCIENT BEGINNINGS 35 by reuniting the divine couple would suggest this is so. Mirrored by their earthly surrogates Adam and Eve, sexual intercourse between Yahweh and Asherah corresponded to the mystic’s secret “knowledge” of God’s female aspect embodied in the Torah, the “sacred marriage” an elaborate sexual metaphor for her mastery. Entering the “Garden” and sighting God’s feminine presence in her orchard of “holy apples,” in fact, became synonymous with practicing esoteric contemplative techniques for uniting the “male” and “female” aspects of one’s own nature and becoming one with God.
Interestingly, the Talmud expresses divided opinions on whether the same obligation applies to women.
A New Kabbalah for Women by Perle Besserman