By Perle Besserman
The purple bracelet: it graces the wrists of various celebrities - from Madonna to Britney Spears - who've switched over to the religious 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 ladies, 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 vanguard of this revolution. during this publication she strains the background of female-centered worship and tells the tale of looking for 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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The myth indicates that she will forever threaten to rise to the surface in the form of a great snake (Leviathan). ), which demonizes the goddess as “the one who kills newborn children,” Jewish commentaries refer to the monster as Adam’s ﬁrst wife, the “demon Lilith,” whom Yahweh punished for demanding sexual autonomy. Brieﬂy mentioned in the Babylonian Talmud, Lilith refuses to assume a “missionary position” under Adam and in punishment is condemned to roam the earth seducing men in their dreams and causing nocturnal emission, miscarriages, and the death of infants.
According to Hebrew mythologist Raphael Patai: Her name varied from culture to culture—Inanna in Sumer, Ishtar in Akkad, Anath in Canaan . . [Asherah in Israel]—yet her character remained the same for centuries, even millennia. 1 One of the most powerful myths depicting the dual nature and autonomous sexuality of the goddess is that of the Sumerian Inanna, who ruled over the arts of weaving, lovemaking, beer brewing, animal husbandry, and the planting and harvesting of grain. In the course of her journey from girlhood to adulthood, Inanna rescues the Tree of Life from the Flood and, with help from her brother Gilgamesh, vacates its residents—a serpent, a bird, and “the dark maid Lilith” (a bird-woman appearing in later Jewish tradition as Adam’s demonic ﬁrst wife).
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A New Kabbalah for Women by Perle Besserman