led by Rabbi Monty Eliasov
SUMMARY OF STUDY TOPIC #1:
IS THERE A CELTIC CROSS OR A MANDALA IN THE HEBREW BIBLE?
Yes, for sure! But only in verbal form as can be found in the Biblical Book of Numbers Chapter 2.
More broadly and universally, this is a Mandala (which is a Sanskrit word and also valuable as a Jungian term) in written form which is very a characteristic of the teaching style of the Hebrews!
The student is invited to re-visualize this after reading the background sources and the information provided.
OF STUDY TOPIC #2:
THE LEVITES WERE WERE AN EXTENSION OF THE REFORMS OF MOSES.
So, if the Aaronic Priests were to dump on the Levites, they would then in essence also be dumping on Moses!
By rewriting Leviticus as a prelude to the Second Temple era to make Moses out to be agreeing with the Priests, they were revoking both Moses himself AND the Mosaic Levites.
This factor alone caused a steep decline starting in post-Second Temple Judaism.
The rest is history! Literally!!
SUMMARY OF STUDY TOPIC #3:
VITAL REVELATION FROM SARAH AND ABRAHAM
The original revelation to Sarah and Abraham was a huge step forward towards integration of the genders in both their view of the Creator and within Humanity.
EL is a symbol of male power, as EL translates to "strong, powerful," with the Bull being an obvious symbol of male virility.
SHADDAI is a symbol of female Priestly power, as EL translated to strong, powerful, with Shaddai related to the Hebrew shadayim / breasts.
In essence, El Shaddai, was “Father-Mother God,” as essential insight which the Mosaic Revelation can never replace, but only can build upon.
SUMMARY OF STUDY TOPIC #4:
IDENTITY EVOLUTION WITHIN TORAH HISTORY
The Hebrew Bible contains a story of identity shifts over long periods of time.
Starting with Abraham and Sarah, through Jacob, then Moses, and towards the 1st and 2nd Temple eras, each identity represents stages which may repeat themselves.
While originally physical or geographic, they can also be viewed as spiritual in nature.
We will examine how these identities still interconnect today, for the 2nd Temple conflict set into motion a whole drama, impacting history in unpredictable ways.