Wednesday, June 17, 2009

THE ECOKOSHER REBBE

I think he is one of us, he seems like the most appealing rabbi since the late Alvin Fine!


RABBI GERSHON STEINBERG-CAUDILL
Obtained smika (ordination) from Rabbi Gershon Winkler, who received smika from Rabbi Bentsion Bruk of Jerusalem, Israel

PROMOTING AND RECOGNIZING THE LIGHT OF THE DIVINE FEMININE FACE OF THE ESSENCE WITH MANY NAMES THAT WE CALL - GOD


לא ישא גוי אל גוי חרב ולא ילמדו עוד מלחמה


Nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn about war any more. ISAIAH 2: 4


Women within Judaism were not, and are not, viewed as "inferior." Women have at various times in Jewish history been placed in a more or less subjected role, but not as inferiors. This is seen in the early creation myth of women itself. The creation story in Genesis 1: 26-28, suggests that man and woman were created equal. The later creation story in Genesis 2: has man created first and woman being separated from the man and thus shows a hierarchy of sorts (in that the man also names the woman "Passionate One - Eeshah" - from EYSH, fire, passion, and HEH, of God; a take on what the Adam (the Earth Being) called himself, an Eesh, a Fire Being) that is then modified by the statement "It is not good for the Adam to be alone; I will make an EQUAL OPPOSITE (Ezer Kenigdo) for him" (Genesis 2: 18).
Rabbi Moses ben Nachman (Nachmanides) said that the text does not imply the subordination of women to men; rather, it requires that human males are to be different from the males of the animal world, who mate and move on to the next partner. The Jewish man "wishes his wife to be with him always." This is a statement against promiscuity, which is seen as a degradation of God's intentions in creating human beings male and female. It is this promiscuity which becomes viewed as idolatry and is called TOEYVAH, an abomination.
The woman is also viewed in the role of the Messiah figure throughout the Garden of Eden story. The Adam gave the woman her name CHAVAH (Chet, Vav, Heh) which means Life Giver, but is a form of the Sacred Name Yod, Heh, Vav, Heh (Jehovah) which means All Existent Life Giver, as he saw her in the active role of animating man to fulfill his potential in life. The woman was viewed as the embodiment of the Divine in the humanly realm. Thus the Names for God Elohim, YHVH, Yah, and El Shaddai are all feminine in gender.
The fact that women served as Prophetesses, Warriors, Queens (ruling without a King), Judges and Priestesses show this to be so. In the area of ritual and governance, women normally were not present, their role being in the home and in rearing children.

RABBI GERSHON STEINBERG-CAUDILL


THERE IS NO ONE TRUE RELIGIOUS PATH


THE "ONE RELIGION" IS LIKE GOD'S PUZZLE OF THE RAINBOW. IT IS A ONENESS MADE UP OF ALL RELIGIOUS PATH TRADITIONS. IF EVEN ONE IS MISSING, THE PUZZLE IS NOT COMPLETE. EVERY RELIGION IS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND THE WHOLE.


The Walking Stick Rebbe, the Holy Teacher of the Ecokosher Rebbe, Rabbi Gershon Winkler שליט"ה states: "Judaism does not believe that Judaism is the only legitimate path to God. In fact, the Torah's concluding statement is that never again arose among the Israelites a prophet as great as Moses (Deuteronomy 34: 10), to which the ancient teachers add: "Among the ISRAELITES there never arose one like Moses, but among the nations of the world it is possible that such a one could arise" (Bamidbar Rabbah 14: 19). Judaism also does not see itself as the sole embodiment of wisdom (Eichah Rabbah 2: 13) or the only avenue to Paradise in the Hereafter. Rather, everyone - Jewish or not - can earn a portion of the World to Come (Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 105a and Tosefta Sanhedrin 13: 1), because we are judged not by our religious affiliation, but by our actions in the world: "I call heaven and earth as witnesses that anyone, Jew or gentile, man or woman, slave or maidservant, can bring the Divine Presence upon oneself, all in accordance with one's deeds" (Tana D'Bei Eliyahu Rabbah 10: 1). Some sages even went so far as to extend the name YEHUDI (JEW) to ANYONE who denied belief in idolatrous worship (Babylonian Talmud, Megilah 13a). The fourth-century Rabbi Yirmiyahu held that a non-Jew who endeavored in the study and practice of Torah was equivalent to a KOHEIN GADOL, the Jewish High Priest (Sifra Acharei Mot 13: 12)".






People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Take no one for granted and embrace all equally with joy!
Julie A. Manhan ...

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