God's Seed: A Comment On Union with God in Judaism

Professor Boaz Huss

Ben Gurion University
Dear Ya'akov, Maminim and Chaverim

Our friend Prof. Tom Hickey understood that the conventional teaching of Judaism denies the possibility of the human to unite, or identify with God. I would like to repeat again my assertion that such concepts are prevalent in Judaism, an opinion I share with Ya'akov Leib. I must disagree with Prof. Dobbs who also seems to accept the absence of such notions in Judaism. I am of course not "discovering America" as we Israelites say. Ya'akov Leib has asserted this position here on the Donmeh list. My teacher, Prof. Moshe Idel has dealt with this issue at length, and refuted scholem's strange insistence concerning the absence of Unio-Mystica in Judaism. Please take a look at Idel's Kabbalah New Perspectives, pp. 59-75, where he brings many examples of Kosher, Rabbinic, "conventional" Jews stating explicitly the possibility of total assimilation of the Human to the Divine.  I will not repeat here the words of Idel, but will only remind you of a person who is described as both human and Divine in a Jewish canonical and sacred text. I mean Rabbi Shimo'n bar Yochai, who is describe in the Zohar as the incarnation of the Divine Phallus, sefirat Yesod.

As to the objection of Prof. Dobbs to my claim that being created as God's facsimilia (using Ya'akov Leib's happy expression) makes us Divine. Well, maybe you are right. But is sure means that something very fundamental in us is Divine. That's good enough for me - "From my flesh I will behold God" (Job 19, 26). Ya'akov Leib has correctly observed that Lurianic kabbalah goes a step further, and identifies us as divine sparks. The notion of the divinity of the human soul (at least, the Jewish human soul) is indeed fundamental to Kabbalah. The first Kabbalistic text, Sefer Ha-Bahir, states explicitly that the seed of Israel is the Divine semen, produced in the Divine brain, passing through the Divine spinal chord, and reaching, from the divine Phallus, to the divine womb of Sefirat Malkhut, whence the souls come to the world.

Breaking up the vessels

Boaz Hanoch Huss

previousUnion With God in Judaism? Not According to Gospels - Dr. Thomas Hickey

previousResponses to Dr. Tom Hickey's Post - Dr Bryan Griffith Dobbs

previousThe New Testament Version of Judaism - Dr. Thomas Hickey

previousComments on Prof. Huss's Post - Dr Bryan Griffith Dobbs

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Tue, 26 Oct 1999

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