Is The Kabbalah Anti Love, I Asked


His God Is Also My God And Your God Too-That’s Part Of The Problem-God
Is Not Just The God Of Moses Anymore, God Is There For Everyone

Nova Scotia Campground
Kabbalah Conversation Continued
Aug., `82

“It’s not as good as you think,” said Michelle, “in fact, I’m using
this bicycle trip to sort things out.”

“What’s the problem,” I replied, “is it him or his religion? I mean do
you love him?”

“Sure I love him,” she said, “and I really don’t mind converting to Judaism. To tell the truth, I don’t really know what the problem is and that is the problem. Maybe I’m just getting cold feet. That’s normal before marriage, isn’t it?”

“Sure,” I replied, “but does he love you?”

“Of course he does,” said Michelle. “Well, I think he does. I mean,
yes, he loves me, but it’s different than it used to be. It’s not the
same. He’s changed.”

“What do you mean he’s changed?” I said.

“Things have changed,” she said. “Almost a year ago, his brother
returned from New York City and he brought with him those damn new ideas. That’s when the arguments started—not with me, with Robert, my boyfriend. His brother, Martin, spent two years learning the Kabbalah, Jewish mystical teachings. At first Robert argued back, but then the arguing stopped, and that’s when our problems began. My Jewish classes were teaching me one thing, but I was hearing something different from both Robert and Martin.”

“Is the Kabbalah anti love?” I said.

“No. That’s not the problem,” Michelle replied. “Love is a priority
in the Kabbalah, but it’s all about God Love.”

“Oh, I see,” I said, “his God was squeezing you out of the
relationship, right?”

“Not exactly,” she replied. “His God is my God, and your God too.
That’s the problem! God is not the God of Abraham and Moses anymore,
God is there for everyone.”

“How can that be? Is that Jewish?”

“According to Martin it is. At least according to the mystical
teachings of Kabbalah,” Michelle responded.

“Tell me more about this God,” I replied.


About bwinwnbwi

About me: Marvin Gaye’s song, "What’s Going On" was playing on the jukebox when I went up to the counter and bought another cup of coffee. When I got back, the painting on the wall next to where I was sitting jumped out at me, the same way it had done many times before. On it was written a diatribe on creativity. It was the quote at the bottom, though, that brought me back to this seat time after time. The quote had to do with infinity; it went something like this: Think of yourself as being in that place where infinity comes together in a point; where the infinite past and the infinite future meet, where you are at right now. The quote was attributed to Hermann Hesse, but I didn’t remember reading it in any of the books that I had read by him, so I went out and bought Hesse’s last novel, Magister Ludi. I haven’t found the quote yet, but I haven't tired of looking for it either.
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