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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Zion and Israel are one!


Tension between Israel’s warring tribes waxed and waned, in part because the tribal boundaries bordering the nations holy temple contributed to their division. From the time of Noah’s son Shem, 4717 years ago through King David 2849 years ago, the holy temple site was known by various names; Shalem, Yira’ Shalem and YeruShalem amongst others. The land of the holy site was designated by a mystical understanding of the spiritual construct as the foundation stone of creation and Zion, the place of peace for the world. The monolith, known as Mount Moriah, rose from tribal land of Yehuda up the mountains’ base to adjoin the southern boundary of the tribal land of Binyamin on which the holy temple would ultimately be built.
The proximity between the temple site and the border of tribes Binyamin and Yehuda presented a major point of contention for the tribe of Yosef on Binyamin’s opposite northern boundary. Unlike Yehuda’s land, Yosef’s tribal land did not adjoin Binyamin’s southern border, as such it did not share a direct boundary with the nations holy temple site. Before Torah was transcribed by Moses, Jacob was confronted by this lopsided dilemma of the ‘spiritual construct’ and Rashi, the famous literal Torah sage struggled to interpret it, uncharacteristically reverting to mysticism to explain.
When Yaakov emigrated from the land after first spending 14 years in the north learning mysticism and studying but before finally departing, he returned south to pray at the site his forefathers had once prayed. He was stopped on his journey by a sudden sunset. There, in awe, he made camp at the site of his father Isaac’s sacrifice and he named it Beit El.  Rashi considered Yaakov was at a different Beit el north of Jerusalem, in the territory of Yosef.  As such, he had difficulty reconciling with the traditional interpretation of Beit El which is Jerusalem. Rashi explained; That night Mount Moriah (which incorporates Beit El) was mysteriously transported to Beit el. Indeed there is a midrash that explains on the night Yaakov slept at Beit El, the land of Israel was folded beneath him.
The midrashim grapple with the anomaly. Why Beit El and Beit el? Why did the land fold/roll up and why did Rashi say Mount Moriah moved? Jewish mysticism provides fascinating insight: Supernal Israel faces east, placing Binyamin’s land, including Mount Moriah at its neck, Yehuda’s land, its right shoulder and Yosef’s land its left. The northern border of Yehuda (running east west from the Dead Sea toward the Mediterranean) rises at a pinch-point on the base of Mount Moriah. At the tip of the pinch-point Yehuda’s land pierces Binyamin’s land (Israel’s neck), right on Mount Moriah where according to Kabbalah, Yehuda’s pinch-point intersects the Southeast corner of the altar of Isaac, incorporating that corner on Yehuda’s land. This defines the location for the permanent altar of the temple.
Beit El of Yehuda/Binyamin and Beit el of Yosef reflect the points at which Israels neck meets its shoulders. After King Solomon, who built the first temple on Mount Moriah, the nation was immediately and once again, divided. The dueling kings of Yehuda, Solomon’s son Rehavam and the king of Yosef, Yerovam fought bitterly as did their tribes. Yerovam re-introduced idol worship at Beit el and on the land of Dan for the tribes of Israel and prevented them from visiting the temple on Binyamin’s land. After this the nation’s tribes were never again re-united on their land. The temple represented a source of power, which with proper appointment, became the most desired economic prize for those, through the millennia, that temporarily exploited it. But no-one fully understood the mystical construct that prevailed, in the designation of the altar and temples location, in order to affect the natural order and truly harness its power.
The right sided orientation of the temple site is the source of Israel’s might. Many of the tribes and their leaders failed to grasp its importance and to this day it continues to weaken the emotive, intellectual and spiritual expressions of modern Jews. ‘Zionism’ is no longer associated with its spiritual root, meaning and construct, as a result it is not fully expressed, despite that the world would be better for it. Beit El is the City of David, which is Zion[1], regardless of past explanations, that does not qualify Beit el as the temple’s site. Collapsing Binyamin’s land or flying Mount Moriah, Israel’s most important site, from Yehuda to Yosef simply illustrates the essential quality, strength and endurance of the right. It’s inherent desire is to go the ‘extra yards’ to, include and to bring peace, yet nothing can change the site of the altar, despite the left’s desire to be closer to it.
Reliance on King David’s decision to construct a private altar on top of Mount Moriah, on the Temple Mount, is debatable. In the very least, if the northern boundary of Yehuda reached to the top of Mount Moriah (at the Dome of the Rock), then most of the land repatriated from Binyamin to build the first temple, which was replenished in Jericho on land that was otherwise untouchable until the  third temple, would have been granted to Yehuda, it was not! Folding Israel’s land to fit the spiritual construct on which it has been built is an inversion of the nations optimal disposition and adopted traditions dissuade its people from asking the very hard questions of its aboriginal roots.


[1] 1Kings, 8:1