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Scribal Magic (the Letter Alef Revisited)
Inside the Holy of Holies of the Jerusalem Temple
The Secret of the Divine Name El Shaddai
Fractal Geometry
Fire Sacrifice in Image and Intuition
The Secret of The Blasphemer
The Secret of Moses’ Sin at the Rock in Kadeish
The Broken Peace That Is the Reward of Violence
Judaism Before Josiah
Broken Time
Children’s Story:
The Great Escape
The Secret Soul of Svaha
A Mystical Haggadah
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(Jay Cumming)
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“Even darkness does not obscure from you,
And night appears as day.
As darkness, so light.”
(Psalms 139:12)
Darkness and light, since they exist only relative to one another, are two aspects of a single unity. Darkness is a form of light.

“I form light, and I create darkness; I make peace, and I create evil; I, yhvh, do all these things.”
(Isaiah 45:7)
Darkness and evil are both part of the divine plan.

“And you, you intended upon me evil. God intended it for good.”
(Genesis 50:20)
God does not allow anything to happen in this world that is not ultimately good; what we perceive as evil, viewing the world in tiny fractions of time and space, is really good when viewed holistically.

“The stone the builders hated, it is for a keystone. This is from yhvh; it is a marvel in our eyes. This is the day that yhvh made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.”
(Psalms 118:22-24, italics added)
God didn’t just make a universe way back in the hoary past; God made this moment right now, whatever it may hold. To reject this moment is to imagine the existence of a God capable of creating a different universe, one more to your liking. It is, thus, the essence of idolatry — i.e., the worship of an imaginary god of your own making. To reject this moment is to say that you know better than God what this universe needs.

“You were shown to know that yhvh is the gods; [there is] nothing else besides him. . . . [I]n the heavens above and upon the earth below, [there is] nothing else.”
(Deuteronomy 4:35-39, italics added; see also Deuteronomy 7:9)
Everything is God.

“Hear, O Israel; yhvh is our god; yhvh is one and alone.”
(Deuteronomy 6:4)
The Hebrew word “achod,” which appears in this famous prayer, means “one without a second”; it means an absolute unity, not a relational unity or a relative unity. It means that there is no other; there is only God.

For a detailed discussion of how Hebrew scripture denies the possibility of duality, click here.

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On yhvh as the author of evil, see also:

  • Exodus 4:21, 7:3, 9:12, 10:1, 10:20, 10:27, 11:10, 14:4, 14:8, 14:17 [yhvh hardens Pharaoh’s heart];

  • Numbers 22:22 and 22:32 [an “angel of yhvh” appears “for a Satan” (i.e., “for an adversary”)];

  • Deuteronomy 2:30 [yhvh hardens enemy’s heart];

  • Joshua 11:20 [yhvh hardens enemy’s heart];

  • Judges 9:23 [an evil spirit from God];

  • Samuel 16:14-23 [an evil spirit from yhvh];

  • Kings 22:19-23 [yhvh put a lying spirit in the mouths of the prophets];

  • Isaiah 10:5-6 [Assyria is yhvh’s rod of anger];

  • Isaiah 36:10 [Assyria is yhvh’s rod of anger];

  • Isaiah 45:7 [yhvh creates evil];

  • Jeremiah 25:9 [Nebuchadnezzar is yhvh’s servant];

  • Jeremiah 27:6 [Nebuchadnezzar is yhvh’s servant];

  • Job 1:12, 2:6 [yhvh permits Satan to afflict Job];

  • Job chs. 38-41 [Job, who suffered, has no right to question yhvh’s actions];

  • also, compare 2 Samuel 24:1 with 1 Chronicles 21:1 [Satan = yhvh].

For a detailed discussion of how Hebrew scripture denies the possibility of duality, click here.

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To read Torah Nondualism: Diversity, Conflict, and Synthesis in the Pentateuch, please click here.

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