Reb Shmuel son of our Master Rabbi Shlomo Segal, with crying and profuse tears: Gentlemen (rabotai), first I confess before you how I denied the entire Torah: I did not observe the Sabbath, I smoked tobacco on the day of Sabbath, I ate non-kosher meat (treyfut). I did not transgress with a married woman in practice, only on fantasizing about it (hirhur eishet ish). I hugged and kissed Chaya the wife of Hershil Shabtis [daughter of Elisha Shor of Ruhumin] approximately six times, [but] in actuality I did not do anything[else] with her. She told me, You are not worthy to deal with me, for I believe in Shabtai Tzvi, and my father, also my grandfather, and my uncle, they all believe, [but] you still did not learn much Torah, you do not have this privilege (zchiyah). Once, I propositioned her to sin, [and] she responded, Did you learn today Song of Songs (Shir HaShirim) like me? How are you permitted to do such a holy [act]?
Letter to a Turkish Ma’aminim, and the Power of Ruach HaKodesh as invoked by Abba Sunday, Nov 22 2009
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Neo-Sabbatian Quote of the Day:
Discussions in Virtual Time:
“Letter to A Turkish Believer”
I think [my attached comments to Rav Salamon Nasi] set an example for those who believe as we do that we must not be made to feel ashamed of who we are or be intimidated by religious sectarians and, most especially, their leaders.
What we have spoken here also sends a message to those religious sectarians and their leaders that they cannot intimidate or shame us — that we take direction from God, not them — and that any efforts on their part to publically shame or intimidate us will rebound back on them.
God promised my forefather Jacob (for whom I am named, after all), “Those who curse you I will curse, and those who bless you I will bless.” I thank God that He has made, makes and will continue to make it so.
Abba Yakov Leib
With Rav Salamon Nasi of Turkey
If it is to debate, then I will tell you, with all respect, what Jacob Frank told others,
“I know nothing of Torah and Talmud, mitzvot and rituals.”
I know and teach nothing about Judaism, or any other religion for that matter; I only know and teach about G_d as He reveals Himself directly to me, not through the teachings of Judaism or any other religion, but directly by dreams and visions and the voice of the Ruach HaKodesh [Holy Spirit]. “I bless Yaweh, who is my counselor, and in the night my inmost self instructs me.” (Psalms 16:7)
Truly, as you say, we are judged by God every day, and I submit myself to His judgment and not to that of men. What I do, I do to please Him, not others, and He, not they, will decide whether or not I have succeeded.
If I am wrong, then let God punish me. If others are wrong, then let God punish them. It is not for us to decide, but Him, and I surrender with a glad heart to His judgment.
With All Respect,
Yakov Leib ben Moshe HaKohain
Majnun and Laylah Sunday, Nov 22 2009
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Please note that the Story of Majnun and Laylah mentioned in the piece of Poetry by Rumi was not only the Inspiration for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, but also for Eric Clapton’s song “Laylah”.
Majnun Layla means ‘driven mad by Layla.’ This may also be taken to mean “Driven Mad by Darkness”.
Some information on this rather interesting story is found in the following links:
Links discussing Sabbateanism Sunday, Nov 22 2009
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A few links discussing Sabbateanism:
Rumi Poetry Saturday, Nov 21 2009
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God has given us a dark wine so potent that,
drinking it, we leave the two worlds.
God has put into the form of hashish a power
to deliver the taster from self-consciousness.
God has made sleep so
that it erases every thought.
God made Majnun love Layla so much that
just her dog would cause confusion in him.
There are thousands of wines
that can take over our minds.
Don’t think all ecstasies
are the same!
Jesus was lost in his love for God.
His donkey was drunk with barley.
Drink from the presence of saints,
not from those other jars.
Every object, every being,
is a jar full of delight.
Be a connoisseur,
and taste with caution.
Any wine will get you high.
Judge like a king, and choose the purest,
the ones unadulterated with fear,
or some urgency about “what’s needed.”
Drink the wine that moves you
as a camel moves when it’s been untied,
and is just ambling about.
Chartered, Warranted, and Blessed Today Friday, Nov 13 2009
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Today we were chartered as a Free Illuminist Body under Memphis and Misraim. We were given a Warrant for Golden Dawn work, and blessed in our endeavors by the Donmeh.
Thank you to everyone!
A list of other Free Illuminist bodies may be found under the heading “Pages”.