Torah Nondualism
Children’s Story:
The Great Escape
Children’s Story:
The Story of the Jewel and the Box
Selling Quakerism at Too Cheap a Price
A Mystical Haggadah
About the Author
(Jay Cumming)


In European tradition, tassels have long been an important form of decorative trimming for high-quality fabric products. The German word for “tassel” is Quaste, and a Quastler was a tradesman skilled at making tassels and similar fabric trimmings for fine clothing, upholstered furnishings, and window decor. The corresponding English term is a tasseler, and the French term is a passementier.


Today, the production of these high-quality fabric trimmings has become mostly mechanized, but the finest work is still done by hand, and some of the leading firms include Les Passementeries de L’île de France, Declercq Passementiers, and Houlès, each producing works of striking artistic beauty.

“Quastler” is my wife’s family name, suggesting that her ancestors may have been professionally engaged in the passementerie trade. We purchased the Quastler domain name several years ago, but no one in her family wanted to use it, so I decided to post a few things I had written over the years. You can find links to those writings in the left margin.

The “ebook” (Torah Nondualism) is the most substantive of these writings. It is a commentary on the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible). It reconciles modern biblical scholarship with Jewish hermeneutical techniques recorded in the Zohar (13th century c.e.). The latter techniques of biblical interpretation are often dismissed by modern scholars as nothing but post hoc homiletic creativity, but I have found that in some cases the meanings they reveal are so consistent throughout the Bible’s text that they cannot be mere accident. By combining these traditional methods with modern insights, I have been able to discover hidden themes in the Bible that others have overlooked.

By way of example, the image below depicts a scribal secret regarding God’s name, a secret that is explicated in detail in Part Two of Torah Nondualism:


If you came upon this site by accident, you may be looking for one of these other “Quastler” sites:

For the Vienna auto-repair business named “Moses Quastler Ges.mbH,” please click here.

For the registered association in Röthenbach known as “Die Wilden Quastler” (founded at the local pub ‘Zum Quastler’), please click here.

For information about Prof. Imre E. Quastler, the American geographer, please click here.

For information about Henry Quastler, the physician and biologist, please click here.

For information about Gertrude Quastler, the American artist known for her wit and humor, please click here.


Copyright © 2011 James H. Cumming