According to the teachings of the kabbalists (see the Zohar), the SHEKHINAH is the FEMININE side, the Feminine Face, if you
will, of that Source of Divine-Cosmic Energy that we call by the generic name - GOD.
Daniel C. Matt writes in his book "God & The Big Bang" (Jewish Lights), "GOD is a name we give to the oneness
of it all. God is the oneness of the Cosmos. But the name 'GOD' is a label we attach to this oneness-the ultimate, all inclusive
name. In fact, this is exactly how traditional Jews refer to God: HaShem, The Name."
The kabbalist Moses Cordovero, writing in the 16th century, put it this way: "The essence of divinity is found in
EVERY SINGLE THING-nothing but IT exists.
Since IT causes every thing to be, no thing can live by anything else. IT enlivens them. Ein Sof exists in each existant.
Do not say, 'This is a stone and not God.' God forbid! Rather, ALL existance is God, and the stone is a thing pervaded by
divinity. But also do not say, 'This stone alone is God. Again, God forbid! For God is not confined in a stone."
Daniel Matt states again in "God & the Big Bang":
"GOD IS THE ONENESS OF MATTER AND ENERGY, THE PROCESS THROUGH WHICH ONE IS TRANSFORMED INTO THE OTHER, THE NOTHINGNESS
THAT EMBRACES BOTH."
It is this Jewish ability to see God as that which exists in It's NON-EXISTANCE; as the Active Intelligence or Active Causer,
that distinguishes Judaism from all other Tribal and/or organized religious belief systems which need to have God in a physical
and spatial form in order to understand the very existance of God.
Judaism traditionally views God as in all things, and yet, MORE. It sees God in the creation and it sees the creation
as being within God. God is both the NO-THING (Ayin), the Impersonal Active Pure Intelligence, known as God, and the ETERNAL
ALL (Ein Sof), the YHVH Personal God!
God as ELOHIM is impersonal; the Powers within the winds, the earthquake, the volcano eruption, the lightning strike,
God as YHVH-ELOHIM is personal and walks in the Garden of Eden with the Adam and his companion, Chava (Eve).
God as ELOHIM is both masculine and feminine, meaning that those traits (or attributes) that we ascribe to male energy
and those traits (or attributes) we ascribe to female energy are BOTH present when God is present in God's ELOHIM mode.
"VaYomer ELOHIM na'aseh adam b'tzalmaynu kidmutaynu ..." (Elohim said, 'Let US (all of creation) make humans
in OUR spiritual image and spiritual likeness...' Genesis 1: 26).
PARADIGM SHIFTS IN CONSCIOUSNESS HAVE HAPPENED BEFORE - BRING SHEKHINA NOW!
"They will not do evil and they will not destroy on all of my holy mountain - they will turn their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks and study war no more - for the Earth shall be filled with the knowledge of YHVH as the
waters cover the seas" (Isaiah-passim).
In the book that is probably the most profound ground-shaker of the 20th century, "PARADIGM SHIFT," by Rabbi
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Reb Zalman compares the theological outlooks of the past with the futuristic prospective of the
incoming Aquarian Age, the Age of Deli, the Age of the Messiah (may She come in my lifetime).
What makes the Age of Aquarius the Messianic Age is that the Divine Feminine Spirit of Shekhinah shall infuse every being
on the planet with Her love and compassion so that we are able to put into practice the loving and caring for each other and
for all living things, including our Earth Mother, that will bring about an Age of World Peace and Harmony!
Reb Zalman has a chapter in his book titled "PEACE, PARADIGM SHIFT, AND SHADOW" where he diagrams for the reader
what the major theological thinking concepts of each of the past four epic Ages, each 2000 years + or -, represented to humanity.
These four Ages are: TAURUS-SHOR (4000 BCE-2000 BCE); ARIES-T'LEH (2000 BCE-1 BCE); PISCES-DAGIM (1 CE-2000 CE); and AQUARIUS-DELI
He shows the advancement of human theological and evolutionary thought through this time frame in five categories: TECHNOLOGIES;
RELIGION; WAR-SHADOW; SHALOM-PEACE; and GOD WANTS THE HEART.
In TECHNOLOGIES, Reb Zalman posits that the major elements of the technology of the time period of TAURUS is represented
by clay, stone, wood, clubs, axes, oars, hunting, defending individual territory, capturing individual territory, narrow life
The technology of ARIES is represented by copper, bronze, iron, camel domestication, horse domestication, sails on boats,
bows/arrows, lances (for longer distance fighting), ad hoc armies to fight other clans or groups for their territory.
The technology of PISCES is represented by machines, catapults, crossbows, guns/rockets, steam, electricity, printing,
fixed armies, borders of territory more abstract (Nationalism).
The technology of AQUARIUS is represented by computer, psychosocio-technologies, biological technologies, atomic technologies,heart-mind-spirit
technologies, aggregate people power, war OR planet obsolete.
Under the heading of RELIGION, Reb Zalman lists for the Age of TAURUS: polytheism, zoomorphic gods, practice of human sacrifice,
bio-genesis (beginning of agriculture), life in chaos (tohu) state, the gods of one people at war with the gods of other people
(victory or defeat brings a change of which gods are worshipped).
For the Age of ARIES, the religious thinking is characterized by monotheism, that developed into deism, animal sacrifice,
patriarchy, noo-genesis of human conciousness, reference to the mind, philosophy, creation of Torah, division of good and
For the Age of PISCES: theism, God-anima mundi, son-time, Messiah thought, division into true or false.
For the Age of AQUARIUS: (panentheism) pantheism, God is All, Energy-consciousness, Holy Spirit, value of the individual,
Christo-genesis, God available to ALL, millennium-Sabbath, questioning on what level a thing is true, the ability to commit
yourself to the Vision.
Under the heading of WAR-SHADOW, Reb Zalman teaches us that in the AGE OF TAURUS the visualized thinking was that of Lex Talionis,
an eye for an eye; impulsive, capricious behavior; the "other" is our ENEMY; the concept is to replace populations.
In the AGE OF ARIES, the visualized thinking was that of only 1 eye for 1 eye; of seeking to do the Will of God; the "enemy"
becomes the spiritualistic HaSatan, the Amalek, the Anti-X.
In the AGE OF PISCES, the visualized thinking was that of restitution in the form of monetary value rather than poking
out an eye, for sins committed; belief in principles; the unbeliever, the goy, the kaffir (atheist), the heritic, becomes
In the AGE OF AQUARIUS, the visualized thinking is that of healing, consoling, transforming; of Whole-Holy-Ing; of being
in the Creative Principle.
Under the heading of the paradigm shift of SHALOM-PEACE, Reb Zalman teaches us that during the AGE OF TAURUS, the contextual
thinking was of peace obtained through treaty, with a vassal or overlord; that "truth" was a gift given by the physical
"man-god" high king who represented the Divine on earth.
During the AGE OF ARIES, the contextual thinking was of peace obtained through surrender; that "good" is what
God wills; that "truth" is a special dispensation given to the whole people through Written and Oral Torah or Sacred
During the AGE OF PISCES, the contextual thinking was of peace obtained through order imposed by a victor; that ethic
is an abstract and is theologized; that God wills it because it is "good;" that order is imposed by ideology and
missionizing the other; that "truth" is static and eternal.
During the AGE OF AQUARIUS, the contextual thinking is of peace obtained through the egalitarian dance, through collaborating,
through the increment of effective transformation; of life equality; of synergy that cooperates with God; through a good cosmic
Under the heading of the paradigm shift of GOD WANTS THE HEART, Reb Zalman now teaches us that during the AGE OF TAURUS, the
contextual thinking was that of the priesthood guild physically cutting out the heart of sacrifical victims as an offering
to the "gods."
During the AGE OF ARIES, the contextual thinking was that of the hereditary priest offering up animal sacrifices instead
of human sacrifices. The teaching was of the need for a "strong heart."
During the AGE OF PISCES, the contextual thinking was that of a Melchizedek Priesthood, a priesthood without physical
hereditary boundaries, an apostolic succession. The teaching required the "whole heart."
During the AGE OF AQUARIUS, the contextual thinking is that of a Priesthood of Peacemakers. The teaching desires a "broken-open