Friday, November 8, 2019

Dreams do come true...

...if you are a kabbalist!

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This is Sandra Gering, a dear community member and student who seven years ago gave @davidghiyam, her Kabbalah teacher, a donation to translate the Tikunei haZohar into English. She said that her dream was that when it was finished she would donate the Tikunei haZohar to all major museums in the world and hand deliver it to the Pope, himself. The first volume of Tikunei haZohar set was published this past month. 
Today, on the New Moon it Scorpio, which according to the Zohar is the most powerful day of the year, Sandra personally gifted the Pope the first English translation of the Tikunei Zohar published by The Kabbalah Centre! ♥️✨

Instagram, Kabbalah Centre Los Angeles, 30 October 2019

Monsignor Kiernan Harrington, Vicar of Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn, introduces Francis to External Affairs Director, Vincent LeVien, and Sandra Gering, who gave Francis a copy of the first English translation of Tikkunei Zohar.

The Tikkunei Zohar is the type of book Francis loves to read.

Instagram, Zohar Project, 30 October 2019The Zohar in the hands of Pope Francis from earlier today. 
This is Sandra, a dedicated student of the Kabbalah Centre, who sponsored the translation and printing of the Tikkunei Zohar in English for the first time in history! (Available soon in our bookstores) 
Thank you @sandrageringinc for your tireless efforts and desire to be a beacon of Light. Your support of bringing the Tikkunei Zohar to the world - and to the Vatican - is nothing short of a miracle✨✨✨ 
#zohar #tikkuneizohar #vatican #zoharproject #peace #onesoul #kabbalahcentre #sharing

Francis likely read the entire book in under a week.

Francis gives a huge spiritual hug for such a fantastic rabbinical gift.

‘The Repair of the Zohar’ 
The Pave the Way Foundation has presented a replica of the Tikkunei Zohar to the Vatican Library. On hand for the special ceremony on November 4, 2019, were Gary L. Krupp, the organization’s founder and president, and board member Vincent D. LeVien, as well as the replica’s creator, artist Sandra Gering. The Tikkunei Zohar was written in Aramaic and loosely translates as “the repair of the Zohar,” with the Zohar itself translating as “splendor” or “radiance.” concerning the mystical aspects of the Torah and provides the basis for the study of the Kabbalah. Ms. Gering describes the text as “70 corrections to soul must journey through life to reach the highest level of love and unity with all mankind.” Her replica prints the words of the Tikkunei Zohar on silver paper bound into a book, which she considers to be a manifestation of the sacred text. Bringing such an object to the Vatican, where it will remain close to the gap between religions and conflicts through cultural, technological and intellectual exchanges. 

The Pave the Way Foundation presents Vatican with special Replica of Tikkunei Zohar.

Soon to be added to the Vatican Library.

...“I never studied art,” Gering tells artnet News. “I just have a gift to be able to see 10 to 20 years ahead.”

Last summer, after more than 25 years in operation, the venerable gallerist closed her brick-and-mortar space. But unlike other gallery closings, the decision wasn’t motivated by finances (the gallery was doing as well as it ever had) or real estate, nor was Gering retiring per se (she still works, though not as much as she once did). Instead, she wanted to refocus her time on other, more spiritual aspects of her life.

Today, at age 75, she is as active as ever. A practitioner of yoga for more than 50 years, she stands on her head “every single morning, no matter what.” In 2013, she appeared in Jay-Z’s “Picasso Baby” music video, dancing with the energy of a young child while an impressive mishmash of art world cognoscenti looked on.

And now she’s in the throes of what, for her, is her most important undertaking yet: a special edition of the Tikunei haZohar—a 4,000-year-old kabbalist text, written in Aramaic, about the 70 corrections that a soul must make before they reach nirvana.

What’s more, she tapped some of her closest artist friends to help out. The manuscript will be encased by two interlocking tablets created by artist and designer Ghiora Aharoni. Underneath the text will be a drawing done by Ryan McGinness. And Leo Villareal, one of the many major artists Gering helped lift to fame, created the cover, a tree of light illuminated by 70 small LEDs—one for each correction.

The book, set to be produced within the next year, will be an edition of four and is dedicated to women around the world. One has already been accepted into the collection at the Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan. Gering hopes to place the other three with the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Ethnological Museum at the Vatican, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

“I want it to be about plurality of religion,” she explains. “And that we’re all the same soul and that we all need to reach this particular point, and do the work that we are supposed to do on this earth.”

Gering, who was raised Jewish but never identified with the ritualistic side of the religion, has long identified as a spiritual person. She realized it at an early age.

“When I was three, I had a dream that I had to bring all peoples together,” she says. “I was on a beach alone, and from that time on, I was I felt that I was connected to some universal force. Throughout my life, I’ve always listened and done what my heart tells me to do.”

That’s what makes the Tikunei haZohar project—a first-class artist’s book, essentially—so special. It perfectly symbolizes Gering’s achievements in the two most important facets of her life: art and spiritualism...”

Why Sandra Gering Closed Her Gallery to Take On an Even More Ambitious Project: Reaching Nirvana, ArtNet News, 18 July 2018

The Tablets reconceives the traditional idea of the reliquary as contemporary sculpture, a commission to house a hard-bound edition of the Tikkunei Zohar (an appendix to the Zohar, the writings central to the Kabblah). The sculpture’s form draws from the intricate, allegorical essence of the ancient, sacred book of spiritual corrections within, and employs one of Aharoni’s signature constructs—the use of text as a medium—to translate the spiritual import of book’s writings into the visual narrative of an artwork.

The form of The Tablets evokes ancient Cuneiform tablets or the original tablets brought down from Mount Sinai by Moses, and its letters—sculpted aluminum extending from the front through to the back and curving with its rounded form—manifest a fluid, transcendent energy that collapses the distance between the ancient and the contemporary into an intersection of spirituality and artistic expression.

The exterior structure of the work is formed from Hebrew text taken from the beginning of the Book of Genesis. The raised letter, which seem to be separated by voids, might be read as an allegory of humanity’s topography of corrections. However, the sculpture’s typography of conjoined letters creates an interconnected entity of text circumscribed by one continuous, flowing space—creating a parallel contemplation between what exists and what is absent in both the metaphysical and the material.

The Tablets begins with the Hebrew word “b’reishit”—both the first word of Genesis and the subject of the 70 commentaries within the Tikkunei Zohar. B’reishit also begins with the Hebrew letter “bet,” which has a numerical value of two—an allusion of a state of dualities, be it the twin forms of The Tablets that are perceived as one, or a parallel realm where dichotomies have the potential to be unified.

‘THE TABLETS’ Enters The Permanent Collection of THE VATICAN, Ghiora Aharoni Design Studio, accessed 5 November 2019

What is the Tikkunei haZohar?

The Tikkunei haZohar is an appendix to the Zohar that originally planned to have 70 sections emulating the 70 aspects of Torah by expounding on the ‘Bereshit’ of Genesis. This work digresses all over the place and gets into many topics not in the Zohar.  On top of that, it is poorly written but one thing it is, is vast. The overall theme of the Tikunei haZohar is to fix and give aid to the ‘Shekhinah’.  Tikkunei haZohar explains that ‘the redemption’ will only occur through study of Torah (Talmud) and study of the Kabbalah.  The Tikkunei haZohar sees the Kol Nidrei as fundamental to the survival of Talmudic Jews because Talmudic Jews are seeking to annul the vows that God made in his anger to destroy the Talmudists for their failures. In annulling human vows, the Talmudists hope that God’s divine vows will also be annulled. As below, so above.  The book laughably purports in its text to have been written by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and his son Rabbi Elazar in the 2nd century but was likely written in Italy in the 16th century. Its wikipedia entry reads, “Rabbi Nachman of Breslov was involved with Tikunei haZohar more than with any other book, and he stated that Tikunei haZohar is of such different holiness and wisdom that it is beyond compare to the rest of the holy Zohar.[3] He also said that, "Concerning the book Tikunei haZohar, one thousand books would not suffice to explain the secrets that are to be found there."[4]”  To call it insane, is to be too kind.

The Tikkunei Zohar which Sandra Gering presented to Francis during his weekly general audience.

During his lifetime, Rav Brandwein continued to write the commentary on the Zohar after the death of his teacher, Rav Yehuda Ashlag, and also began to write a commentary on the Tikunei haZohar entitled Ma’alot haSulam (“Ascents [rungs] of the Ladder”).

For the first time, Kabbalah Centre Publishing has the merit to publish an English translation of Rav Brandwein’s translation and commentary on the Tikunei haZohar for those whose hearts yearn to taste of the Tree of Life of Rav Shimon bar Yochai. Tikunei haZohar Volume 1 is the first in this series of commentaries.

Tikunei haZohar contains seventy different interpretations (tikkunim) by Rav Shimon bar Yochai of the Hebrew word beresheet, the first word of the Torah. Rav Shimon had fled the government that had issued an edict to kill him. While he and his son Rav Elazar hid in a cave in Peki’in for thirteen years, they were taught the entire Tikunei haZohar from Elijah the Prophet and Moses. There were no other disciples present, except these two, which is why there are no conversations among the disciples in the Tikunei haZohar like there are in the Book of Zohar and in Zohar Chadash. It is known that the Tikunei haZohar will help to hasten the coming of the Messiah and is related to, and was put aside, until the Messianic era.

TIKUNEI ZOHAR (ENGLISH-ARAMAIC) VOL 1, The Kabbalah Centre, accessed 5 November 2019

This is another rabbinical book which Francis was more than happy to receive because its main theme is one he is in total agreement with. The Tikkunei haZohar is about fixing God’s mistakes in the world in order to hasten the coming of the ‘moshiach’ by nullifying God’s word.  Francis and his reign has been all about correcting God’s mistakes in his Church and the world while invalidating the word of God. It’s a match made in hell.


Friday, November 1, 2019

Happy Halloween from Francis!

Francis’ scary reflection on death sounds an awful lot like what the Talmudic rabbis teach!

Dear young people of Scholas Occurrentes gathered from so many nations of the world, I celebrate with you the end of this meeting. I want to stop there. I wish to dwell on this: the end.

What would become of this encounter if it did not have an end? Perhaps it wouldn’t even be an encounter. And what would become of this life if it did not also have its end?

I know some will say: “Father, don’t put on a funeral face.” But let us think this through. I know from a good source that you kept the question of death burning throughout this entire experience. You played, thought, and created out of your differences.

Good! I celebrate and thank you for this. Because, you know what? The question of death is really a question about life. And keeping the question of death open, perhaps, is the greatest human responsibility towards the question of life.

Just as words are born out of silence and return to it, allowing us to hear their meanings, so it is with life. This may sound somewhat paradoxical, but… It is death that allows life to remain alive!

It is the end goal that allows a story to be written, a painting to be painted, two bodies to embraced. But watch out, the end goal is not found only at the end. Perhaps we should pay attention to each small purpose of everyday life. Not only at the end of the story – we never know when it ends – but at the end of each word, at the end of each silence, of each page that is being written. Only a life that is conscious of the fact that this exact instant will end works to make it eternal.

On the other hand, death reminds us that it is impossible to be, understand, and encompass everything. It comes as a slap in the face to our illusion of omnipotence. It teaches us throughout life to engage ourselves with mystery. This gives us confidence to jump into the void and to realize that we will not fall, that we will not sink, and that there is always Someone there to catch us. Both before and after the end.

The “not knowing” part of this question results in fragility that opens us to listening to and meeting other people. It is that rising above the commotion that calls us to create something, and urges us to come together to celebrate it.

Lastly, the question of death has driven different communities, peoples, and cultures to be formed throughout the ages and throughout all lands. These are stories that have fought in so many places to stay alive, while others were never born. That is why today, perhaps as never before, we should touch on this question.

The world is already formed, and everything is already explained. There is no room for open questions. Is that true? It is true, but it is also not true. That is our world. It is already fully-formed, and there is no place for unanswered questions. In a world that worships autonomy, self-sufficiency, and self-realization, there seems to be no place for the other. Our world of plans and infinite acceleration – always speeding up – does not allow for interruptions. So the worldly culture that enslaves also tries to put us to sleep so we forget what it means to stop at last.

But the very oblivion of death is also its beginning. And a culture that forgets death begins to die within. He who forgets death has already begun to die.

That is why I thank you so much! Because you have had the courage to confront this question and to pass – with your own bodies – through the three deaths that, by emptying us, fill us with life! The ‘death’ of every instant. The death of the ego. The death of one world gives way to a new one.

Remember, if death is not to have the last word, it is because in life we learned to die for one another.

Finally, I would like to thank especially World ORT and each one of the people and institutions that made possible this activity in which the culture of encounter has become tangible.

I ask each of you please, each in his own way, each according to his own convictions: don’t forget to pray for me. Thank you.

Monday, October 21, 2019

The Pachamama Drama

Pachamama idols learn to swim in the Tiber

Paolo Ruffini (Vatican’s chief communications officer) and Fr. Giacomo Costa, S.J. (Secretary of the Commission for Information) weigh in.

“The great mistake was to bring the idols into the Church,” replies the cardinal, “not to put them out, because according to the Law of God Himself – His First Commandment – idolism is a grave sin and not to mix them with the Christian liturgy. To put it out, to throw it out, can be against human law, but to bring the idols into the Church was a grave sin, a crime against the Divine Law. That is a deep difference.” 
Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller 
(11 minutes 38 seconds in video below)

Cardinal Müller chimes in...

Francis responds...

“Good afternoon. I want to say a word about the statues of the pachamama that were taken from the church of the Transpontina – which were there without idolatrous intentions – and were thrown into the Tiber. First of all, this happened in Rome, and, as Bishop of the Diocese, I ask pardon of the persons who were offended by this act. Then, I want to communicate to you that the statues which created such attention in the media, were retrieved from the Tiber. The statues were not damaged. The Commander of the Carabinieri desires that you should be informed of this recovery before the news is made public. At the moment, the news is confidential, and the statues are being kept in the Italian Carabinieri Commander's office. The Commander of the Carabinieri has expressed his desire to follow up on any indications that you would like to give concerning the manner of publication of the news, and any other initiative you may want to take in this regard: for example, the Commander said, “the exhibition of the statues during the Holy Mass for the closing of the Synod”. We’ll see. I have delegated the Secretary of State to respond to this. This is a bit of good news. Thank you.”

Alexander Tschugguel comes forth as the person who threw the Pachamama idols into the river.


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Francis unveils new sculpture during his ‘World Day of Migrants and Refugees’ mess that depicts St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary as Chasids

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Want to bet that that the Hasid’s briefcases contain Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi’s ‘Tanya’ and the entire ‘Kabbalah’?

The 20-foot sculpture was unveiled during mass on the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Sunday.

Depictions of Christ's parents Mary and Joseph have been included in the piece.

Pope Francis once famously likened the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem to the migrations of millions of refugees fleeing wars.


Mr Schmalz, whose past creations include 'Homeless Jesus Christ' - depictions of Jesus sleeping rough on benches outside cathedrals - said his latest piece took a year of working "obsessively, from 4 in the morning".

"Angels Unaware" is facing in a direction intended to portray the boat sailing towards St. Peter's Basilica, he said.

"It's one thing to say you're being welcoming but to show it with a piece of bronze artwork in St. Peters Square is really powerful," he said.

"This is not a museum here."

The sculptor said Pope Francis made his appreciation clear.

"He put his two hands on his heart, looked at me for a moment," he said.

"That gesture, he really showed to me how much he thinks this is a suitable sculpture to promote his ideas."

Vatican sculpture dedicated to migrants unveiled, BBC News, 30 September 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019

Francis appeals to the UN to save poor from glo-bull warming

I would like to thank the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr António Guterres, for convening this meeting and for drawing the attention of Heads of State and Government - and of the entire international community and world public opinion - to one of the most serious and worrying phenomena of our time: climate change.

With the Paris Agreement of 12 December 2015, the international community became aware of the urgency and need for a collective response to help build our common home. However, four years after that historic Agreement, we can see that the commitments made by States are still very "weak", and are far from achieving the objectives set.

Along with so many initiatives, not only by governments but by civil society as a whole, it is necessary to ask whether there is a real political will to allocate greater human, financial and technological resources to mitigate the negative effects of climate change and to help the poorest and most vulnerable populations, who suffer the most.

With honesty, responsibility and courage we have to put our intelligence "at the service of another type of progress, one which is healthier, more human, more social, more integral" (Laudato si', 112), capable of placing economy at the service of the human person, building peace and protecting the environment.

While the situation is not good and the planet is suffering, the window of opportunity is still open. We are still in time. Let us not let it close

I would like these three key words - honesty, courage and responsibility - to be at the heart of your work today and tomorrow. May they accompany you together with my best wishes and with my prayer.

Thank you very much.


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Francis continues his drive to replace Catholic education with a one world global enviromental religion NGO “education alliance”

Francis’ Message for the Launch of the Educational Alliance

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 
In my Encyclical Laudato Si’, I invited everyone to cooperate in caring for our common home and to confront together the challenges that we face. Now, a few years later, I renew my invitation to dialogue on how we are shaping the future of our planet and the need to employ the talents of all, since all change requires an educational process aimed at developing a new universal solidarity and a more welcoming society. 
To this end, I wish to endorse a global event, to take place on 14 May 2020 on the theme Reinventing the Global Educational Alliance. This meeting will rekindle our dedication for and with young people, renewing our passion for a more open and inclusive education, including patient listening, constructive dialogue and better mutual understanding. Never before has there been such need to unite our efforts in a broad educational alliance, to form mature individuals capable of overcoming division and antagonism, and to restore the fabric of relationships for the sake of a more fraternal humanity. 
Today’s world is constantly changing and faces a variety of crises. We are experiencing an era of change: a transformation that is not only cultural but also anthropological, creating a new semantics while indiscriminately discarding traditional paradigms. Education clashes with what has been called a process of “rapidification” that traps our existence in a whirlwind of high-speed technology and computerization, continually altering our points of reference. As a result, our very identity loses its solidity and our psychological structure dissolves in the face of constant change that “contrasts with the naturally slow pace of biological evolution” (Laudato Si’, 18). 
Every change calls for an educational process that involves everyone. There is thus a need to create an “educational village”, in which all people, according to their respective roles, share the task of forming a network of open, human relationships. According to an African proverb, “it takes a whole village to educate a child”. We have to create such a village before we can educate. In the first place, the ground must be cleared of discrimination and fraternity must be allowed to flourish, as I stated in the Document that I signed with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar on 4 February this year in Abu Dhabi. 
In this kind of village it is easier to find global agreement about an education that integrates and respects all aspects of the person, uniting studies and everyday life, teachers, students and their families, and civil society in its intellectual, scientific, artistic, athletic, political, business and charitable dimensions. An alliance, in other words, between the earth’s inhabitants and our “common home”, which we are bound to care for and respect. An alliance that generates peace, justice and hospitality among all peoples of the human family, as well as dialogue between religions. 
To reach these global objectives, our shared journey as an “educating village” must take important steps forward. First, we must have the courage to place the human person at the centre. To do so, we must agree to promote formal and informal educational processes that cannot ignore the fact that the whole world is deeply interconnected, and that we need to find other ways, based on a sound anthropology, of envisioning economics, politics, growth and progress. In the development of a integral ecology, a central place must be given to the value proper to each creature in its relationship to the people and realities surrounding it, as well as a lifestyle that rejects the throw-away culture. 
Another step is to find the courage to capitalize on our best energies, creatively and responsibly. To be proactive and confident in opening education to a long-term vision unfettered by the status quo. This will result in men and women who are open, responsible, prepared to listen, dialogue and reflect with others, and capable of weaving relationships with families, between generations, and with civil society, and thus to create a new humanism. 
A further step is the courage to train individuals who are ready to offer themselves in service to the community. Service is a pillar of the culture of encounter: “It means bending over those in need and stretching out a hand to them, without calculation, without fear, but with tenderness and understanding, just as Jesus knelt to wash the Apostles’ feet. Serving means working beside the neediest of people, establishing with them first and foremost human relationships of closeness and bonds of solidarity”. [1] In serving others, we experience that there is more joy in giving than in receiving (cf. Acts 20:35). In this regard, all institutions must be open to examining the aims and methods that determine how they carry out their educational mission. 
For this reason, I look forward to meeting in Rome all of you who, in various ways and on every level, work in the field of education and of research. I encourage you to work together to promote, through a shared educational alliance, those forward-looking initiatives that can give direction to history and change it for the better. I join you in appealing to authoritative public figures in our world who are concerned for the future of our young people, and I trust that they will respond to my invitation. I also call upon you, dear young people, to take part in the meeting and to sense your real responsibility for the building of a better world. Our meeting will take place on 14 May 2020 in the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican. A number of seminars on related topics will take place in various locations and help us prepare for this event. 
Let us seek solutions together, boldly undertake processes of change and look to the future with hope. I invite everyone to work for this alliance and to be committed, individually and within our communities, to nurturing the dream of a humanism rooted in solidarity and responsive both to humanity’s aspirations and to God’s plan. 
I look forward to seeing you. Until then, I send you my greetings and my blessing. 
From the Vatican, 12 September 2019. 
[1] Address during a visit to the “Astalli Centre”, the Jesuit Refugee Service in Rome, on 10 September 2013.