This project has sure gone a long way from where it started.When I began working on this research project for my Judaism class at UC Davis, Iintended to create a comprehensive guide to the Kabbalah. However, uponsearching the net for potential links, I found that there was so much out therealready. It was nearly impossible not to duplicate what had already been done.So, I decided to unite several elements of Judaism that are close to my heart, mix itwith a healthy dose of feminism, and synthesize it all into what you have here, aview of several aspects of the
.This piece takes a variety of angles. The first is the traditional view of the people ofIsrael as the embodiment of the Shekhinah, as well as the Shekhinah as thepresence, or eminence, of God. The second view is slightly more esoteric, anddeals with the feminization of Shekhinah and her role as the divine bride of Tif'eret,in the sefirot. The third perspective is on the idea of the Kabbalist's goal of "Raisingthe Shekhinah," uniting her with God and thereby healing the rift within God itself.The fourth view is an overview of the Shekhinah's role in ecstatic Kabbalah, and thefinal perspective deals with Jewish women, particularly in the 18th and 19thcenturies, and their involvement in their contemporary mystical communities, aswell as the ironic rift between men and women, symbolized in the divine rift betweenthe masculine and feminine aspects of Kabbalistic deity. This final section alsogives links to various resources on the Web that I have found, to give a fullerunderstanding of the Kabbalah itself, the perspective from which this project hasbeen created.So, take a look around and enjoy.Email mewith comments and suggestions.
An introduction to Shekhinah: the divine femininehttp://www.jps.net/arowyn/Shekhinah/intro.html [6/28/2001 6:54:09 AM]