Tradition should have a vote, not a veto,
say the Reconstructionist Jews.
My vote goes for the third eye
Let the enigmas be unveiled
In the 1830s, tradition did have a veto
that sent the mystical teachings
Exoteric, rational thought is all very well,
but teach me the mystery, hidden magic
Kabbalah kept its secrets for decades,
even from Jews themselves.
Oh, my young loss,
the longing for light, peace, infinity
The deep way, what is received,
handed down orally,
rebbe to student.
I would kneel at your feet, blessed teacher,
where are you?
It found a haven from the Inquisition
in Safed, then Palestine.
Above dusty streets, the hills echoed
with holy words
Kabbalah’s view is a cosmology,
of four worlds,
spirit, mind, heart, body.
Spirit flame burns, mind chatters,
Heart stretches, body dissolves
with inward intention,
one rises from world to world,
to reach the goal:
nearness to God.
Nothing is outside of God.
Had these teachings
been made known to me
fifty years ago
what sort of Jewish mystic
I might have become?
from The Jew in the Lotus, by Roger Kamenetz
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Thank you from a non-Jew with a Jewish grandfather