By Perle Besserman
The pink bracelet: it graces the wrists of diverse celebrities - from Madonna to Britney Spears - who've switched over to the non secular perform of Kabbalah. yet what's Kabbalah and the way can ladies use it on their very own lives? In a brand new Kabbalah for girls, 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 ladies, and Shekhinah, the female part of God, has been compelled underground. Now, many girls are adapting conventional mystical practices in radical new methods. Besserman is on the leading edge of this revolution. during this e-book she strains the background of female-centered worship and tells the tale of attempting to find 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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And since Zen is nontheistic, God doesn’t pose much of a problem. But as a feminist, I’ve discovered that the hardest thing about embarking on any meditative path is letting go of gender stereotypes. It’s hard for men to stop equating dominance and God (and, I might add, Buddha) with masculinity. But it’s especially hard for women to abandon the idea that the female body only exists to serve as the material vehicle for God’s transcendent spirit. Such divisions between spirit and matter have trapped women for centuries in a never-ending yearning for the Divine, which can never be satisﬁed as long as they occupy female bodies.
Originally pertaining to Temple practices, the purity laws were applied to both men and women; however, once the Temple had fallen, in an attempt to exercise restraints on women’s sexuality, the rabbis recast the Toharot to focus exclusively on menstruation (Niddah) in the Nashim (Women’s) tractate of the Talmud. “Though a woman be a pot full of excrement, and her mouth full of blood, still men rush after her” (Jerusalem Talmud)—no need for comment. In our own time, the degradation of women is so subtle that even feminists often buy into it.
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