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I believe with perfect faith in the faith of the God of truth, the God of Israel who dwells in the sefirah tifferet, the glory of Israel, the three knots of faith which are one.
I believe with perfect faith that Sabbatai Tzvi is the true King Messiah.
I believe with perfect faith that the Torah, which was given through our teacher Moses, is the Torah of truth, as it is written: And this is the Torah which Moses placed before Israel, as ordered by God through Moses. It is a Tree of Life to them that hold fast to it and its supporters will be happy…
I believe with perfect faith that this Torah cannot be exchanged and that there will be no other Torah; only the commandments have been abolished, but the Torah remains binding forever and to all eternities.
I believe with perfect faith that Sabbatai Tzvi, may his majesty be exalted, is the true Messiah and that he will gather together the dispersed of Israel from the four corners of the earth.
I believe with perfect faith in the resurrection of the dead, that the dead shall live and shall arise from the dust of the earth.
I believe with perfect faith that the God of truth, the God of Israel, will send the rebuilt sanctuary from above down to us on the earth beneath, as it is said: Unless God build the house, those that build it labor in vain. May our eyes see and our heart rejoice and our soul sing for joy, speedily in our days. Amen.
I believe with perfect faith that the God of truth, the God of Israel will reveal Himself in this earthly world called tevel, as it is said: For they shall see, eye to eye, the Lord returning to Zion. And it is said: And the glory of God will be revealed and all flesh shall see it, for the mouth of the Lord has promised it.
May it be pleasing before Thee, God of truth, God of Israel who dwells in the glory of Israel, in the three knots of faith which are one, to send us the just Messiah, our Redeemer Sabbatai Tzvi, speedily and in our days. Amen.
וְאוֹמֵר: ״עֵת לַעֲשׂוֹת לַה׳ הֵפֵרוּ תּוֹרָתֶךָ״. אָמַר רָבָא: הַאי קְרָא, מֵרֵישֵׁיהּ לְסֵיפֵיהּ מִדְּרִישׁ, מִסֵּיפֵיהּ לְרֵישֵׁיהּ מִדְּרִישׁ.
And the verse states: “It is time to work for the Lord; they have made void Your Torah” (Psalms 119:126). Of this, Rava said: This verse can be interpreted from beginning to end, and can be interpreted from end to beginning.
מֵרֵישֵׁיהּ לְסֵיפֵיהּ מִדְּרִישׁ — ״עֵת לַעֲשׂוֹת לַה׳״, מַאי טַעַם? — מִשּׁוּם ״הֵפֵרוּ תּוֹרָתֶךָ״. מִסֵּיפֵיהּ לְרֵישֵׁיהּ מִדְּרִישׁ: ״הֵפֵרוּ תּוֹרָתֶךָ״ מַאי טַעְמָא? — מִשּׁוּם ״עֵת לַעֲשׂוֹת לַה׳״.
The Gemara elaborates: This verse can be interpreted from beginning to end: It is time to work for the Lord; what is the reason? Because they have made void Your Torah, so it must be remedied. Conversely, it can be interpreted from end to beginning as follows: They have made void Your Torah; what is the reason? Because it is time to work for the Lord. By means of violating the Torah, it is possible to fundamentally rectify the situation. —Talmud Bavli Tractrate Berakhot 63b
12:1 Ἐν ἐκείνῳ τῷ καιρῷ ἐπορεύθη ὁ Ἰησοῦς τοῖς σάββασιν διὰ τῶνσπορίμων· οἱ δὲ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ἐπείνασαν καὶ ἤρξαντο τίλλειν στάχυας καὶἐσθίειν
At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.
12:2 οἱ δὲ Φαρισαῖοι ἰδόντες εἶπον αὐτῷ Ἰδού, οἱ μαθηταί σου ποιοῦσιν ὃοὐκ ἔξεστιν ποιεῖν ἐν σαββάτῳ
But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
12:3 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Οὐκ ἀνέγνωτε τί ἐποίησεν Δαβὶδ, ὅτε ἐπείνασεν αὐτὸςκαὶ οἱ μετ᾽ αὐτοῦ
But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;
12:4 πῶς εἰσῆλθεν εἰς τὸν οἶκον τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ τοὺς ἄρτους τῆς προθέσεωςἔφαγεν ὃυς οὐκ ἐξὸν ἦν αὐτῷ φαγεῖν οὐδὲ τοῖς μετ᾽ αὐτοῦ εἰ μὴ τοῖς ἱερεῦσινμόνοις
How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?
12:5 ἢ οὐκ ἀνέγνωτε ἐν τῷ νόμῳ ὅτι τοῖς σάββασιν οἱ ἱερεῖς ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ τὸσάββατον βεβηλοῦσιν καὶ ἀναίτιοί εἰσιν
Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
12:6 λέγω δὲ ὑμῖν ὅτι τοῦ ἱεροῦ μείζων ἐστιν ὧδε
But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
12:7 εἰ δὲ ἐγνώκειτε τί ἐστιν, Ἔλεον θέλω καὶ οὐ θυσίαν, οὐκ ἂνκατεδικάσατε τοὺς ἀναιτίους
But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
12:8 κύριος γάρ ἐστιν καί τοῦ σαββάτου ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου
For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. —Matthew 12:1-8
2:19 ἐγὼ γὰρ διὰ νόμου νόμῳ ἀπέθανον ἵνα θεῷ ζήσω
For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. —Galatians 2:19
רֵאשִׁ֗ית בִּכּוּרֵי֙ אַדְמָ֣תְךָ֔ תָּבִ֕יא בֵּ֖ית יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ לֹֽא־תְבַשֵּׁ֥ל גְּדִ֖י בַּחֲלֵ֥ב אִמּֽוֹ׃
The choice first fruits of your soil you shall bring to the house of the LORD your God. You shall not boil a kid in its mother’s milk. —Exodus 23:19
וַיִּקַּ֨ח חֶמְאָ֜ה וְחָלָ֗ב וּבֶן־הַבָּקָר֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר עָשָׂ֔ה וַיִּתֵּ֖ן לִפְנֵיהֶ֑ם וְהֽוּא־עֹמֵ֧ד עֲלֵיהֶ֛ם תַּ֥חַת הָעֵ֖ץ וַיֹּאכֵֽלוּ׃
He took curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared and set these before them; and he waited on them under the tree as they ate. —Genesis 18:8
אמר ליה רב נחמן לרבי יצחק מי שמיע לך אימת אתי בר נפלי אמר ליה מאן בר נפלי א”ל משיח משיח בר נפלי קרית ליה א”ל אין דכתיב (עמוס ט, יא) ביום ההוא אקים
§ Rav Naḥman said to Rabbi Yitzḥak: Have you heard when the son of giants [bar niflei] will come? Rabbi Yitzḥak said to him: Who is the son of giants? Rav Naḥman said to him: He is the Messiah. Rabbi Yitzḥak asked him: Do you call the Messiah son of giants? Rav Naḥman said to him: Yes, as it is written: “On that day I will establish —Talmud Bavli Tractrate Sanhedrin 96b
3:10 ὅσοι γὰρ ἐξ ἔργων νόμου εἰσὶν ὑπὸ κατάραν εἰσίν· γέγραπται γὰρἘπικατάρατος πᾶς ὃς οὐκ ἐμμένει ἐν πᾶσιν τοῖς γεγραμμένοις ἐν τῷ βιβλίῳτοῦ νόμου τοῦ ποιῆσαι αὐτά
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. —Galatians 3:10
ת”ר בגד שאבד בו כלאים הרי זה לא ימכרנו לעובד כוכבים ולא יעשנו מרדעת לחמור אבל עושה ממנו תכריכין למת אמר רב יוסף זאת אומרת מצות בטלות לעתיד לבא
The Gemara cites another case of a garment in which something was lost. The Sages taught in a baraita: With regard to a garment in which diverse kinds, a prohibited mixture of wool and linen, was lost, i.e., it is a wool garment into which a linen thread was sewn or vice versa and it is not known where on the garment the thread is located, one may not sell it to a gentile and one may not even fashion it into a saddlecloth for a donkey. This is prohibited lest one remove a piece of the garment and sew it onto his own clothing. But one may fashion it into a shroud for a corpse, as there is no concern that one might remove it from the dead. Rav Yosef said: That is to say that the mitzvot will be nullified in the future. If this were not the case, then when the dead are resurrected they will be deriving benefit from the garment of diverse kinds in which they were buried. —Talmud Bavli Tractrate Niddah 61b
These are the eighteen commandments of our master, our king, our Messiah, his majesty Sabbatai Zevi:
1. The first is that one be careful to keep the faith in God, Who is one and unique, and outside of Whom there is no god. Do not elevate anyone else, nor any judge outside of Him.
2. The second is that one believe in His Messiah, who is the true Messiah. There is no savior beside him, our master, our king, his majesty Shabbetai Tzvi, who descends from the House of David.
3. The third is that one not swear falsely in the name of God and His Messiah, because His masters name is in him; and that one not profane it.
4. The fourth is that one honor the name of God and that one honor also the name of Messiah, when one mentions it. Also, that one honor someone who is greater than his friend in knowledge.
5. The fifth is that they come together in reunions in order to discuss and study the secret of the Messiah.
6. The sixth is that there not be found among them (Sabbatians) murderers, even to kill people of other nations, even though they detest them (Sabbatians).
7. The seventh is that the day of the sixteenth of Kislev all reunite in a home and each tell his companion that which he understood of the mystery of the faith of the Messiah.
8. The eighth is that zenut (fornication) not prevail among them. Even though it is a precept of the World of Beriah, one must nevertheless take precaution because of the ladrones (thieves).
9. The ninth is that one not give false testimony, that one not speak falsehood to his companion, and that one not intrigue, even against nonbelievers (non-Sabbatians).
10. The tenth is that it is not permitted to introduce someone by force into the faith of the turban (that is Islam), even if that person believes, because he who belongs to the group of the masters of war (Donmeh), enters therein with a full heart and by the will of the soul, without oness (constraint) of any fashion.
11. The eleventh is that there be among them no envious persons, that they not covet that which does not belong to them.
12. The twelfth is that one celebrate with great joy the holiday of the sixteenth of the month of Kislev.
13. The thirteenth is that they do hesed (mutual assistance) for one another and that one force oneself to do ones companions will as ones own will.
14. The fourteenth is that one secretly read Psalms every day.
15. The fifteenth is that one watch every month the birth of the (new) moon and that one pray that the moon turn its face to the sun, and that they (that is, sun and moon) look at one another face to face.
16. The sixteenth is that one pay attention to the customs of the Turks in order to throw powder in their eyes. And for the fast of Ramazan, that they (that is, the Donmeh) not be embarrassed to do it; the same goes for the sacrifice. Everything that the eye sees, must be done.
17. The seventeenth is that they not marry them (Muslims).
18. The eighteenth is that they take care to circumcise their sons, to remove the opprobrium of the holy people (that is, the foreskin).
I recently interviewed a Christian mystic, he was a very interesting fellow. I hope you enjoy!
What is your name and background?
My name is Michael Milad and I am from Alexandria, Egypt.
What denomination of Christianity are you a part of?
I am a Coptic orthodox Christian. My church is around 2000 years old now.
Do other people in your denomination explore a more mystical interpretation of scripture?
My church have inherited the mystical interpretation techniques of the great Jewish sage Philo of Alexandria, in fact thousands of my peers uses the Remez and Sod levels of interpretation of scripture, it is a common orthodox method of interpretation.
How did you first get into mysticism?
I read so many academic works on the relationship between the temple of Solomon and the universe especially Yom Kippur. These writings initiated me on the mystical path and changed my view of the universe and God. It also derived me to read more on the spiritual and mystical traditions of my own church and the Jewish roots of its liturgical and mystical practices.
What is the most important revelation you think you discovered?
It was what the word Pleroma/Fullness of Godhead (Col 2: 9) meant. I traced it to the gnostic meaning of the word which lead me in retrospect to the knowledge of the Tree of life and Adam Kadmon and opened the whole Kabbalistic lore to me.
What is your understanding of Jesus Christ?
What is your understanding of Divinity?
I am Orthodox so I am bound by the Nicene Creed of faith that is a Trinitarian Godhead in which Jesus is the Logos incarnate and the second person of the Holy trinity (Father, Son and the Holy Spirit)
What is your understanding of the concept of Messiah as a whole?
To make a long story short I will put it in points:• The Messiah is of celestial origin (a rider of the clouds).• The Messiah is ought to be a priest king (like MelchiZedek).• The Messiah will undo all the wrong actions of sin and evil in heavens and on earth (this is what is called tikkunin kabbalah).• The Messiah will appear first as a meek and despised person (Isaiah 53) but eventually will end up being a Divine warrior that will unify the whole universe under God’s rule in a long lasting reign of peace (Zachariah 9).
What is your understanding of the afterlife?
The afterlife is the spiritual dimension in which the saints will live in the presence of God and the evil doers will live in the presences of the prince of the other side with no sight of God.
On one hand the saints will receive God’s love and divine energies and on the other hand the evil doers will not be able to receive God’s love and divine energies which is the real suffering of a person.
Do you have any thing you would like to share with the people reading this?
Mysticism is a life-long journey so: 1- Get all the knowledge you can. 2- Put the knowledge into spiritual practices (prayers, meditations, etc …..) as devoted acts of worship to God and self-transforming actions, not as occult acts of magic and will manifestation. 3- Get a teacher or a spiritual advisor, don’t be a lone wolf and always ask for guidance. 4- Your revelations are God’s tool of your self-advancement not a dogmatic sword to kill other people with.
God Bless You
The following paper provides an excellent introduction into the world of Lurianic Kabbalah. This actually helped me when I was first learning. I HIGHLY recommend this to any student of Kabbalah. And please keep in mind that Lurianic Kabbalah is the foundation of all Sabbatian Theology.
Here’s the link.
This paper is about the Kabbalistic and Sabbatian influence on Immanuel Frommann and his commentary on Luke. It is a rather excellent paper.
Here’s the link.
Rabbi Nachman of Breslau is one of the most important Jewish Rabbis in the modern world, the following paper explains the Sabbatian influence on Nachman, as well as explaining some of the tales and allegories used by the Rabbi. If you are interested in this very special Rab, we have his magnum opus, Likutei Moharan, in the Library section.
Here’s the link:
The Treatise on Dragons is one of the main texts that Nathan of Gaza, the holy prophet of Sabbatai Zevi Wrote. It is an excellent and in-depth book on Sabbatian Kabbalah, I really cannot recommend it enough. It has just now been translated into English! This is a major event for all Sabbatians, as one of our principle texts is now available to the masses.
It is available at amazon.com
Apocrypha of Jacob Frank, as found on the now inaccessible website “Donmeh West”.
1. In Smyrna, I had a dream: I stood at the Gates of a Palace, you know the one I mean, and the Gatekeeper said to me, “Wipe your feet before you enter,” and pointed to a Tallis [prayer shawl] lying on the ground. “God forbid!” I cried and picked it up, and clutched it to my heart, and ran with it through many streets, offering it to every Jew and Gentile I met along the way.
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2. I’m told there’s a Gemara [Talmudic Commentary] that says: “A pile of palm-fronds are muksa [untouchable] on Shabbat. But if, before Shabbat begins, one says, ‘These palm-fronds are not muksa to me,’ then one may use them even as a couch to rest upon.” What does this saying mean? That by his kavanah [mystical intention] one can make forbidden things acceptable. This is why The-First-Who-Came [Sabbatai Zevi] said this brocha [blessing] over the fat of the lamb’s kidney: “Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, who makest the Forbidden Things permissible.”
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3. The Rabbis of this city don’t want you to know that a Torah Commandment can be fulfilled by breaking it. But I, an ignoramus in your eyes, reveal to you what they keep hidden: To eat an almond, you must crack its shell.
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4. [A DISCIPLE ASKS HIM:] “Is it true that Mashiach [the Messiah] will come in a generation that is either wholly good or wholly evil?”
“Then which direction should we take?”
“The Evil Inclination is the Mother of the King; but Holiness will be the first to greet Him when He rises from the dust.”
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5. When I was a boy I read a Midrash that says: Because the dogs of Egypt did not bark when the Children of Israel fled to the desert, God rewarded them with the unkosher hind-quarters of cattle. Therefore, when a person who eats unkosher meat dies, he is met at the Gates of Heaven by dogs who say, “You may not enter because you ate our portion.” What does this mean? That from the lowest to the highest there is Soul.
Otherwise, how could dogs be standing at the Gates of Heaven? From this we learn why The First [Sabbatai Zevi] entered into the Maw of Samael [Satan], and why I will lead you to the Place of Esau.
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6. A Jew once saw me eating pork. “What are you doing!” he cried. I answered, “Here, too, are Holy Sparks, yearning to return from whence they came. If I don’t lift them up, will you?”
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7. Can only a Jew raise up the Fallen Sparks? No more than only a carpenter can saw a piece of wood.
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8. You ask me why I sat on the Torah-Scroll in Salonika. Because the Holy One, blessed be He, commanded me to show the world how they shit on His Beloved Bride.
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9. My mother tells me I had this dream: I was in a great hall, filled with emissaries from every nation, all dressed in their native dress. Each was shouting at the other, “I am Jacob, you are Esau!” So I leapt up onto the podium and began sorting them, “You, to the left; you, to the right!” until I separated the Holy Sparks from their Evil Shells, just as the Christian [i.e., Jesus] had done before me.
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10. On his death-bed, the Holy Second, Baruchia, asked me, “And those whom God loves?”
“He afflicts with suffering,” I answered.
“Well answered. But those whom He hates?”
“The Prophet says, ‘Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated’.”
“And the descendants of Jacob?”
“Every hand is turned against them.”
“And those of Esau?”
“They wear fine robes and swords on their belts, and every man calls them Lord.”
“Again, well answered, Yaqob Leib. Go, then, and become a Gentile. Save the Jews from the curse of God’s love, and receive the blessings of His hatred.”