Posted 02:10 March 9, 2007
In September of 2005, a friend sent me an article from Arutz Sheva which is
Israel National News, entitled "Kabbalist (Rabbi Kaduri) urges Jews to Israel
ahead of impending disasters." I had been very tempted to just delete the
article because of my disdain for anything to do with Jewish mystical lore
(i.e. Kabbalah). From personal experience, I had found out that it was not of
Illustration of Lilith used with permission of Norma Peters.
Let me explain. There has been a resurgence of late in the ancient Jewish
mystical practice of Kabbalah as a result of many Hollywood types, some Jewish
and some not, falling into this spiritual delusion. Don't be fooled, dabbling
in this type of endeavor can have serious consequences on you and your
children's lives. I am not going to quote scripture to you or give you an
intellectual argument for avoiding Kabbalah. I am going instead to tell you a
real story about one person's descent into the spiritual arrogance of Kabbalah
and hope that it scares the hell out of you. That person was me!
While I was brought up in a more or less traditional Jewish household and went
to an after school Cheder (Hebrew School) from ages 9-13 to prepare for my Bar
Mitzvah, I was always interested in way out things. I loved science fiction
and fantasy novels and as a young teen even tried to write a story for Analog
Science Fiction Magazine about life on Mars. My interests gradually moved into
study of philosophy, religion, and mysticism. I became what the Bible speaks
of as a Gnostic. I wanted to commune directly with God. Forget the traditional
religions and their outdated legalistic, moralistic practices. I was trying to
find personal knowledge (gnosis) of God. I meditated, studied astrology,
numerology, the paranormal, the supernatural, UFOs, Hinduism, Buddhism,
Zoroastrianism, and death and dying research. I studied my dreams, alternate
states of consciousness, and gradually found myself studying Jewish mysticism.
I was excited to find that the Zohar (23 volume Kabbalah bible) spoke of
astrology, reincarnation (gilgul), spirit guides, and many other subjects that
I loved. Now, I could be so called New Age and Jewish as well. I loved it.
When I was an undergrad student in the sixties, my university was closed for a
semester because of the anti Vietnam and inner city rioting and they instead
offered free classes. I took one on Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet, which
would influence my life for the next twenty years. As a grad student, I bought
the multivolume copy of the Zohar. One was supposed to be Jewish, married,
forty years old, male, and learned in Torah and Talmud before one was allowed
to study Kabbalah (which means to receive or accept-tradition). I was Jewish,
male and married but still in my thirties and not that conversant in Torah and
Talmud. I was told that it could drive you mad if studied without these
restrictions. I laughed, but in a way it did drive me mad. How Madonna and
others can be told that it is all right for them to study Kabbalah is beyond
me. It is literally playing with hell fire.
Thirty years ago, while I was a Professor at the University of Arizona, I
wrote a paper for a feminist journal, Anima, entitled "Adam: Male, Female or
Both". It spoke of the androgynous nature of Adam according to Genesis as well
as described the Kabbalistic character of Lilith. Lilith was supposedly the
first wife of Adam in the garden created from dust like him and therefore his
equal. She was the first feminist and refused to lie beneath him when they
made love and screamed some ungodly obscenities and flew off to the
netherworld where she continues to kill newborn babies and wrack other havoc
on unsuspecting males. I had glorified her.
Then, a couple of years later I wrote a novel, "The Other World" where I again
glorified Lilith and her cohort Samael (Satan). I read from this at a loft in
Greenwich Village in New York City. Thank God it was never published but I had
been completely enamored with Kabbalah. I got people to love it. I even taught
Adult Bible Classes for young Jewish married couples on Kabbalah. I was
leading the masses astray not to speak of thousands of my students. I even
taught a grad class on "Alternate Conceptions of Reality" where I spoke of
reincarnation (Kabbalistic gilgul), karma etc.. One of my students committed
suicide and everyone he knew wanted me at the funeral because he supposedly
loved my class the best. I probably helped lead this poor guy to hell with my
Kabbalistic notions of reincarnation.
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