Hebrew Roots: Part IV
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Roots & Messianic movements constitutes research into
Judaism as well as the occult. We fully respect each persons
right to believe or utilize what resources they choose. We
however, see a clear distinction in believing the Messiah has
come versus utilizing resources which still await His coming.
That is how and why we must evaluate all to Christ and the New
Testament as well as the Tenach. We do not wish to edit or
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Christian beliefs, just as many in Judaism also see a
distinction and separateness from our beliefs, and we jointly
have mutual respect for our differences and each other.
" Blessed is the man
that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth
in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the
scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in
his law doth he meditate day and night."
In order to fully understand
what the Talmud sages believe and teach in their expansive
Sacred Jewish books, we need to seek information and weigh it
to the Word of God. Investigating the Hebrew Roots movement,
which promotes the study of the writings of the Talmud,
Midrash and Mishnah, we find the common thread of Jewish
The well-respected Gershom
Scholem's "On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism" gives
some insight into the subliminal process through which mystics
of all religions use Scripture to justify their aberrant
exegesis of Scripture:
"...not my intention
to discuss mystical exegesis in its concrete application to
the Bible. Vast numbers of books have been written by Jewish
mystics attempting to find their own ideas in, or read them
into, the Biblical texts... Many productive minds among the
Kabbalists found this a congenial way of expressing their
own ideas, while making them seem to flow from the words of
the Bible. It is not always easy, in a given case, to
determine whether the Biblical text inspired the exegesis or
whether the exegesis was a deliberate device, calculated to
bridge the gap between the old and the new vision by reading
completely new ideas into the text. But this perhaps is to
take too rationalistic a view of what goes on in the mind of
a mystic. Actually the thought processes of mystics are
largely unconscious, and they may be quite unaware of the
clash between old and new which is of such passionate
interest to the historian. They are thoroughly steeped in
the religious tradition in which they have grown up, and
many notions which strike a modern reader as fantastic
distortions of a text spring from a conception of Scripture
which to the mystic seems perfectly natural. For one thing
can be said with certainty about Kabbalists is this: they
are, and do their best to remain, traditionalists, as is
indicated by the very word Kabbalah, which is one of the
Hebrew words for 'tradition.'" 1.
Some will argue that
mysticism is far removed from the Judaic writings. Hebrew
Roots leaders advocating the study of the Mishnah or Midrash
would most likely not provide information on occultism so that
we might compare. However, history reveals that mysticism has
had a profound influence in Judaism, and is chiefly conveyed
in the sacred writings.
mystical experiences have been a part of Judaism since the
earliest days. The Torah contains many stories of mystical
experiences, from visitations by angels to prophetic dreams
and visions. The Talmud considers the existence of the soul
and when it becomes attached to the body. Jewish tradition
tells that the souls of all Jews were in existence at the
time of the Giving of the Torah and were present at the time
and agreed to the Covenant…"2.
"The Sacred Books of
the Jews, shows that the Rabbis who contributed to the
Talmud did not maintain pure Biblical teachings.
"The Rabbis of the
Talmud speculated on these mysteries, particularly when they
were commenting on Genesis and the visions of Ezekiel. The
speculations were later embroidered by new ideas that
entered Jewish thought from the Syriac Greeks, the
Zoroastrian Babylonians, and the Gnostic sect of the
Byzantium Christians. From these foreign and domestic
concepts and myths, the Jews wove into their mysticism ideas
of upper and neither worlds, angels, and demons, ghosts and
spirits - ideas that had been unknown or of little
importance to the Jews until then." 3.
We find that even the
renowned Avi ben Mordechai teaches Jewish mysticism. An email
from James Trimm of SANJ, announced "Torah Talk"
with Avi ben Mordechai as planning to teach Genesis from the
esoteric or mystical point of view:
"…we are going to
be addressing Genesis Chapter 1 in relation to the creation
story... You’ll also get an introduction into what is
called by the Jewish Mystics "Ein Sof" and
"Nothingness," concepts taught by Paul in
Colossians 1:15 and by Yochanan in the book of Yochanan
1:1-3. This is part of our program for January 16, 1999, on
Torah Talk, as we unveil the Creation Story at its
Scientific and Mystical levels." 4.
For More on Avi ben
Mordechai see: Avi ben
Mordechai & Millennium 7000
Ein Sof is the theosophical
designation of god of infinity who is "primordial
nothingness" and "the annihilation of thought",
according to The Essential Kabbalah, by Daniel C. Matt.
"The first sefirah
[emanation of Ein Sof] …is sometimes referred to as Ayin,
Nothingness…In [the] primal state, God is undifferentiated
being, neither this nor that, no-thingness… In the depths
of Binah [second sefirah] lies Hokhmah, Wisdom. The mystic
is nourished from this sphere. Profound and primal, it
cannot be known consciously, only absorbed. In the words of
Isaac the Blind, one of the earliest kabbalists of Provence,
'The inner, subtle essences can be contemplated only by
sucking, not by knowing.' Beyond Hokhmah is the Nothingness
of Keter, the annihilation of thought. In this ultimate
sefirah human consciousness expands, dissolving into
Scripture tells us that God
is approachable and knowable through Jesus Christ:
John 14: 6,7
"Jesus saith unto
him, " I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye
should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye
know him, and have seen him."
"He that hath my
commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and
he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will
love him, and will manifest myself to him."
"Jesus answered and
said unto him, " If a man love me, he will keep my
words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto
him, and make our abode with him."
The Talmud encompasses
specific teachings involving demonology, legends and myths.
Regarding demonology in Europe author and historian, Nesta
Webster shows the preoccupation of the Talmudic rabbis with
Europe was essentially a Jewish science…Thus the Talmud
says: " if the eye could perceive the demons that
people the universe, existence would be impossible. The
demons are more numerous than we are: they surround us on
all sides like trenches dug round vineyards. Every one of us
has a thousand on his left hand and ten thousand on his
right. The discomfort endured by those who attend rabbinical
conferences ...comes from the demons mingling with men in
these circumstances. Besides, the fatigue one feels in one's
knees in walking comes from the demons that one knocks up
against at every step. If the clothing of the Rabbis wears
out so quickly, it is again because the demons rub up
against them. Whoever wants to convince himself of their
presence has only to surround his bed with sifted cinders
and the next morning he will see the imprints of cock's
The Talmud teachings are
entwined with magical practices and superstition.
"The same treatise
goes on to give directions for seeing demons by burning
portions of a black cat and placing the ashes in one's eye:
"then at once one perceives the demons2." The
Talmud [treatise Hullin] also explains that devils
particularly inhabit the water spouts on houses and are fond
of drinking out of water-jugs, therefore it is advisable to
pour a little water out of a jug before drinking, so as to
get rid of the unclean part.2" 7.
Another section of The
Babylonian Talmud provides these warnings about demons, sex,
and epileptic children:
"Gittin 70a. The
Rabbis taught: "On coming from a privy (outdoor toilet)
a man should not have sexual intercourse till he has waited
long enough to walk half a mile, because the demon of the
privy is with him for that time; if he does, his children
will be epileptic." 8.
Recognized as 'pro-Semite'
writer, Hermann L. Strack, is quoted from his book "The
Jews and Human Sacrifice":
"pro-Semite" writer quotes a number of Jewish
medical writings of the eighteenth century, republished as
late as the end of the nineteenth, which show the
persistence of these magical formulae amongst the Jews…as
follows: "For epilepsy kill a cock and let it
putrefy." "In order to protect yourself from all
evils, gird yourself with the rope with which a criminal has
been hung."…"Fox's blood and wolf's blood are
good for stone in the bladder, ram's blood for colic, weasel
blood for scrofula," etc.--these to be externally
An article on Teutonic Magic
by F. Hälsig in "Hastings' Encyclopœdia on Religion
and Ethics" provides some insight on past Jewish
magical practices in the Talmud.
"… [The] article
on Magic in Hastings' Encyclopœdia goes on to say that the
magical formulae handed down in Latin in ancient medical
writings and used by monks were mainly of Eastern origin,
derived from the Babylonish, Egyptian and Jewish
"…if we turn to the
Talmud [tract Sabbath] we shall find cures recommended
…For example: The eggs of a grasshopper as a remedy for
toothache, the tooth of a fox as a remedy for sleep, viz.
the tooth of a live fox to prevent sleep and of a dead one
to cause sleep, the nail from the gallows where a man was
hanged as a remedy for swelling.3." 10.
In the Babylonian Talmud, we
find further directions for superstitious and occultic
"Gittin 69a . To heal
his flesh a Jew should take dust that lies within the shadow
of an outdoor toilet, mix with honey and eat it." 11.
"Gittin 69b. To heal
the disease of pleurisy ("catarrh") a Jew should
"take the excrement of a white dog and knead it with
balsam, but if he can possibly avoid it he should not eat
the dog's excrement as it loosens the limbs." 12.
witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife,
seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness,
revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before,
as I have also told you in time past, that they which do
such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
Since the Talmud is steeped
in superstition and occult lore, it should be no surprise to
us that those propagating its use would also be promoting
occult superstition. Peter Michas sent an email with a list of
recommended books deemed necessary in order to study under
him, and this book list includes the Talmud. Mr. Michas
occasionally sends out chain letters for "good
luck". It should also be noted that, that besides occult
leanings, Peter has a penchant for sending out to his email
list--his students-- tasteless and vulgar jokes, (i.e. bar
humor, sexual or suggestive and so on), which can easily be
"In a message dated
1/23/99 3:47:42 PM Mountain Standard Time,
" The origination of this letter is unknown, but it
brings good luck to everyone who passes it on. Just forward
it to five of your friends
to whom you wish good luck. You will see that something good
happens to you four MINUTES from now if the chain is not
broken. You will receive good luck in four minutes…"
This is from a
"leader" who is being esteemed to lead the flock of
Jesus Christ to understand "Truth" and become
"Holy". Nowhere can such a precedent be found in
Scripture of a man of God indulging in superstition and coarse
jesting. On the contrary we read:
"But fornication, and
uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among
you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish
talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather
giving of thanks."
Philippians 4:8: tells
us what we are to focus on
whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good
report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
think on these things."
Scripture reminds us
in Matthew 12:37:
" For by thy words
thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be
What a person says, promotes
and calls "good" is a clear indication of their
character. We are admonished to be holy.
1 Peter 1:14-16:
children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former
lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is
holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because
it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy."
"There shall not be
found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter
to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an
observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a
charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard,
or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an
abomination unto the Lord…"
The Talmud obviously has
much in it that would not be acceptable for those who really
believe the word of God. The issue of demonology and related
topics in the Talmud crosses over into Kabbalistic teachings.
The Jewish Kabbalistic beliefs about demons are found in one
of its main books, the Zohar. Future sections will discuss the
Kabbalah and its influence on Judaism and the Talmud.
The respected Jewish
scholar, Gershom Scholem, provides this education on demons
according to the Talmud and the transition of Talmudic
demonology to the Zohar:
Talmudic tradition, demons are spirits made in the Friday
evening twilight, who, because the Sabbath has intervened,
have received no bodies. From this later authorities drew
the inference (which is perhaps implicit in the Talmudic
sources) that the demons have been looking for bodies ever
since, and that this is why they attach themselves to men.
This entered into a combination with another idea. After the
murder of Abel by his brother, Adam decided to have no
further dealings with his wife. Thereupon female demons,
succubi, came to him and conceived by him; from this union,
in which Adam's generative power was misused and
misdirected, stem a variety of demons, who are called nig'e
bn Adam, 'Spirits of harm that come from man.'1.
…practices are systematized in the Zohar, which develops
the myth that Lilith, Queen of the demons, or the demons of
her retinue, do their best to provoke men to sexual acts
without benefit of woman, their aim being to make themselves
bodies from the lost seed." 13.
In his article on "Jewish
Magic" M. Gaster states:
[Talmud demonology] received a fresh impetus from the
publication of the Zohar, which, a Jewish writer tells us,
" from the 14th century held almost unbroken sway over
the minds of the majority of the Jews. In it the Talmudic
legends concerning the existence and activity of the shedhim
(demons) are repeated and amplified, and a hierarchy of
demons was established corresponding to the heavenly
hierarchy… Manasseh [ben Israel]'s Nishmat Hayim is full
of information concerning belief in demons ...1." 14.
Further reference to the
Zohar teachings reveals that men and women have sex with
demons during their sleep.
"See the Zohar,
treatise Bereschith, folio.54b, where it is said that all
men are visited in their sleep "by female devils."
These demons never appear under any other form but that of
human beings, but they have no hair on their heads…In the
same way as to men, male devils appear in dreams to women,
with whom they have intercourse." 15.
We find further
correspondences between Talmudic and Kabbalistic sources
concerning demons and the succubi mentioned above. These
unholy unions are found in historical accounts of witches'
confessions, i.e., The Witch Cult in Western Europe, Historie
de la Magie en France and in, Hastings' Encyclopedia of
Religion and Ethics, article on Jewish Magic by M. Gaster.
confessions made by both Scottish and French peasant women
accused of witchcraft concerning the nocturnal visits paid
them by male devils 2. find an exact counterpart in passages
of the Cabala, where it is said that, "the demons are
both male and female, and they both endeavor to consort with
human beings- a conception from which arises the belief in
incubi and succube.3." 16.
Biblically, we know that to
embrace sorcery or witchcraft and such, is an abomination
before God. Despite Old Testaments warnings, the Talmud
provides 'solutions' for protecting oneself from the onslaught
of demonic attack and disease, as seen for example, in
treatise Berakhoth, folio 6:
" … The Talmud also
gives directions on the manner of guarding against occult
powers and the onslaught of disease. The tract Pesachim
declares that he who stands naked before a candle is liable
to be seized with epilepsy. The same tract also states that
"a man should not go out alone on the night following
the fourth day or on the night following the Sabbath,
because an evil spirit, called Agrath, the daughter of
Ma'hlath, together with one hundred and eighty thousand
other evil spirits, go forth into the world and have the
right to injure anyone they would chance to meet." 17.
Talmudic Myth of Lillith
2 Timothy 1:7:
"For God hath not
given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and
of a sound mind."
When studying the various
teachings in the Talmud about demons, one immediately comes
across reference to the name Lilith. This is significant
because today, there is a movement worldwide that speaks of
The previous information
regarding the Sabbath, Agrath, the daughter of Ma'hlath, and
the demons are connected to Lilith in the Talmud, Midrash and
Lilith is equated with a
"first Eve", the feminine dark side of the divine
and goddesses such as Isis, Astarte, the Black Madonna or
Queen of Demons and other false gods. The myth of Lilith
involves a total perversion of Biblical Creation and Adam and
The Jewish, "LILITH
Magazine", presents "All you ever Wanted to Know
about Lilith", which was originally printed in their
premier issue in the fall of 1976, and provides this insight
to the identity of Lilith.
often translated "lilith" as
"night-monster," associating the name with layil,
the Hebrew word for night; thus, Rabbi Hanina forbids men to
sleep alone in a house at night lest they fall prey to her
(Shabbat 151b). (The Akadian "lilitu," a female
spirit wind, is probably a more accurate etymology,
It becomes apparent that
there are many versions of Lilith, but author, Judy Weinberg,
presents two of the most common teachings as they are found in
the Talmud and Midrash.
"Two separate and
distinct beings-Lilith of the Talmud and Eve 1 of the
midrash-came together into one, to become Lilith, Adam's
first mate. We can see this process of integration in the
Alphabet itself. In the beginning of this account, Lilith is
characterized as a woman (ishah). By the end of the story,
however, her children are called demons (sheydim) and she
herself has powers that can only be warded off by the
mystical means of an amulet. Thus, having equated his
protagonist with Lilith of the Talmud, the author was forced
to assign her the characteristics attributed to her by that
available version of the Creation story which associates the
name Lilith with a "first Eve" is included in the
Alphabet of Ben-Sira , a work probably written sometime in
the Gaonic period (600-1000 C.E.). This account merges into
two separate and distinct traditions-that of the Lilith of
the Talmud and that of the "first Eve" of the
midrash (legends)." 20.
Myth in the NIV
It is difficult to determine
exactly why Lilith materialized in the Talmud, since there is
no record of her in the Torah. "LILITH Magazine"
personality called "Lilith" in the Talmud shows no
connection with Adam at all. From the four specific
references to Lilith in the Babylonian Talmud, we learn only
that she is a wild-haired and winged creature with
nymphomaniac tendencies (Erubin 100b, Niddah 24b, Shabbat
151b); and the mother of demons (Bava Batra 73a )." 21.
Lilith Magazine also
declares that Lilith is mentioned in the Bible.
characterization of Lilith may have been drawn from the
single Biblical mention of "lilith" (Isaiah
The wild creatures of the
desert shall meet with the jackals, the goat demon shall
call to his fellow, the lilith shall also repose there and
find for herself a place of rest." 22.
Upon attempting to verify
this verse in the Authorized King James Bible, we see
no such mention of Lilith, or the goat demon, but rather this.
" The wild beasts of
the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the
island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech
owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of
It should be noted that the
NIV translation allows for the interpretation of the previous
quote of this verse to include demons and the Lilith
Desert creatures will meet
with hyenas, and wild goats will bleat to each other; there
the night creatures will also repose and find for themselves
places of rest.
The footnotes to this verse
include reference to… " Desert creatures...hyenas
... wild goats. Sometimes connected with demons… night
creatures. Outside the Bible a related Semitic word refers
to a "night demon."
From the web site, "Lilith
and the Talmud," we learn that one would find Lilith and
related topics covered in these sections of The Babylonian
"b. Erubuin 18b:
"Rabbi Jeremia ben Eleazer said, "During those
years (after their expulsion from the Garden) in which Adam,
the first man Was separated from Eve, he became the father
of ghouls and demons and lilin." Rabbi Meir said,
"Adam, the first man, being very pious and finding that
he has caused death to come into the world, sat fasting for
130 years, and separated himself from his wife for 130
years, and wore fig vines for 130 years. His fathering of
evil spirits, referred to here, came as a result of wet
"Section b. Erubin
100b, refers to Lilith growing long hair; B. Nidda 24b
refers to Lilith as a demoness with a human appearance
except that she has wings;" 24.
b. Shab. 151b of The
Babylonian Talmud states:
" One may not sleep
alone in a house, for Lilith takes hold of whoever sleeps
alone in the house." 25.
b. Baba Bathra 73-b
" Rabba bar bar Hana
said, " I once saw Hormin, a son of Lilith, running on
the battlements of Mahoza…. When the demonic government
heard of it, they killed him [for showing himself]."
The Babylonian Talmud, the
accepted and preferred version, further teaches that Adam
"Yebamoth 63a. States
that Adam had sexual intercourse with all the animals in the
Garden of Eden." 27.
That seems to imply that
Adam stayed in the Garden and was not expelled after the
original sin, or that he was busy committing these acts before
the record of events in Genesis involving the sin that caused
both he and Eve to be expelled.
According to one source, who
summarizes the quotes, the Talmud further promotes such
uncleanness through obscene teachings regarding bestiality and
sex with children.
"Yebamoth 59b. A
woman who had intercourse with a beast is eligible to marry a Jewish priest. A woman who has sex with a demon is also
eligible to marry a Jewish priest." 28.
"Sanhedrin 55b. A Jew
may marry a three year old girl (specifically, three years "and a day" old)." 29.
"Sanhedrin 54b. A Jew may have sex with a child as long
as the child is less
than nine years old" 30.
Kethuboth 11b. "When
a grown-up man has intercourse with a little girl it is nothing." 31.
Note: Please see James
Trimm Responds for a response to these quotes.
There is no Scripture to
support these unholy teachings. One can't help but wonder
when, or if, people like Peter Michas,
Jacob Prasch, Avi ben
Mordechai and the myriad of other Hebrew Roots leaders
promoting the study of these "Sacred Books", would
have unveiled these very select teachings to Christians.
God warns that we are not to
add to or take away from His holy, perfect word and that we
are to become pure in thought and action.
"Blessed are the pure
in heart: for they shall see God."
1 John 1:6:
"If we say that we
have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and
do not the truth."
Angelo Rappoport in,
"The Story of Lilith" from Ancient Israel: Myths and
Legends, shows the relationship of Makhlath and Agrath to
Lilith and the Sabbath, mentioned previously.
The she-demon Makhlath
(the dancer) and her daughter Agrath 4. are two female
demons who live in strife with Lilith. Lilith is accompanied
by four hundred and eighty hosts of evil spirits and
destroying angels, and she is constantly howling. Makhlath
is accompanied by four hundred and seventy-eight hosts of
evil spirits. She and her daughter Agrath, from the Zend
word Agra = beating, are in constant enmity with Lilith.
Constant war is waged
between them, and they meet on the day of atonement. Whilst
they are thus engaged in quarrel and strife, the prayers of
Israel ascend to Heaven, whilst the accusers are absent,
being otherwise engaged.5." 32.
hosts of evil spirits and demons, and rides in a big
chariot. Her power is paramount on Wednesdays and
Saturdays, for on these days Agrath, the daughter of
Makhlath, roves about in the air accompanied by eighteen
myriads of evil spirits.6." 33.
"Blessed is that man
that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the
proud, nor such as turn aside to lies."
Midrash: Lillith and Creation
The Midrash, promoted by
many leaders in the Hebrew Roots movement such as Jacob Prasch,
carries the concept of Lillith as being associated with the
(legends) of Genesis Rabbah discusses a "first
Eve" but does not mention Lilith. According to Rabbi
Hiya, she "returned to dust" (22:7). Judah, son of
Rabbi Hiya, states that in the beginning God created Eve for
Adam, but when Adam saw her being made with sinews and
blood, he grew disgusted and became alienated from her.
Thereupon God caused this first Eve to return to nothingness
and proceeded to create a second Eve for Adam (18.4)."
Angelo Rappoport provides
the most common version of Lillith, which perpetuates the idea
that Lilith became the consort of Adam and their union started
a line of demons:
"…She is supposed
to have been the first wife of Adam. She had been one of the
wives of Sammael, but of a wild, heroic and passionate
nature she left her spouse and joined Adam. From their union
issued the demons or Shedim, who rode about in the world as
wicked spirits…Lilith, like Adam, had been created from
the dust (Adamah) of the earth. But as soon as she had
joined Adam they began to quarrel, each refusing to be
subservient and Submissive to the other. "I am your
lord and master," spoke Adam, "and it is your duty
to obey me." But Lilith replied: "We are both
equal, for we are both issued from dust (Adamah), and I will
not be submissive to you…. And when Lilith saw this she
spoke the Ineffable Name of the Creator and soared up into
the air. Thereupon Adam stood in prayer before the Creator
and thus he spake: " O Lord of the Universe, the woman
Thou hast given me has fled from me."
"And the Holy One,
blessed be His name, sent at once three angels whose names
were Senoi, Sansenoi, and Sammangelof, to fetch and bring
Lilith back to Adam…but she refused to return. And the
angels spake to this rebel, this she-demon: "We will
drown thee in the sea." But she made answer: "Know
ye not that I have been created for the purpose of weakening
and punishing little children, infants and babes. I have
power over them from the day they are born until they are
eight days old if they are boys, and until the twentieth day
if they are girls." She swore to them in the name of
the living God that whenever she came and saw the names
or images or faces of these three angels, Senoi,
Sansenoi, and Sammangelof, upon an amulet or cameo in the
room where there was an infant, she would not touch it.
But because she did not return to Adam, every day a hundred
of her own children or spirits and demons die." 35.
Mr. Rappoport cites other
authors who relate that the myth of Lilith perpetuated the use
of incantations, amulets and cameos for protection against the
"…The legend of
Lilith and the message of the three angels is found in
several sources of Rabbinical lore in some of which it is
quoted from the Alphabetum Siracidis.2.
The book known as the
Sefer Rasiel describes the formula to be written upon
amulets or cameos and to be placed in the rooms where there
are new-born babes. It refers to Lilith as the first Eve,
and conjurers her in the name of the three angels and the
angel of the sea to whom she had sworn not to harm the babes
in whose rooms she found written on paper the names of the
Lilith is thus a female
night demon, and is also known under the name of Meyalleleth
or the howling one. 2." 36.
"Woe unto them that
call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light,
and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet
Talmud & Kabbalah: Adam the Bisexual
According to author
Judy Weinberg, the Talmud, Midrash and Zohar present Adam as a
hermaphrodite or bisexual:
"The Zohar (the
central work of Jewish mysticism) develops a theory that
Adam originally comprised both male and female elements. This
is based on Talmudic and midrashic statements that
"Adam, who was the first man, had two full faces"
(Brachot 61a, Erubin 18b). Rabbi Samuel ben Nachman said:
"When the Holy One, blessed be He, created the first
man, he created him as a hermaphrodite." Rabbi Levi
said the same thing:
"When man was
created, he was created with two body fronts, and He sawed
him in two, so that two bodies resulted, one for the male
and one for the female (Lev. Rab. 14:1)." 37.
Weinberg shows how Adam's
"bisexuality" links to Lilith.
"The Zohar picks up
on this theme of Adam's bisexuality but now draws the
connection with Lilith:
"The female was
attached to the side of the male until God cast him into a
deep slumber... God then sawed her off from him and adorned
her like a bride and brought her to him, as it is written,
"And He took one of his sides and closed up the place
with flesh. " I have found it stated in an old book
that the word "one" here means "one
woman" to wit the original Lilith, who was with him and
conceived from him. Up to that time, however, she was not a
help to him, as it is written, "but for Adam there was
not found a helpmeet for him." (134b)."
"Other references in
the Zohar describe Lilith as a competitor to "the
female affixed to his side."(see III 19a, II 276b, I
19b). " 38.
When we look to
Genesis, we see no reference to this occult teaching. A review
of what is being taught through Planned Parenthood, in Public
Health, Mental health institutions, the educational system and
many liberal churches would reveal the foundational New Age
teachings of bisexuality and androgyny. Getting in touch with
one's feminine or masculine side is the esoteric cliché found
in psychology today.
"They that forsake
the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend
Controversies over giving
credit to Lilith vs. the other demons seems to consume the
intellectual and spiritual capabilities of Jewish scholars.
tradition has numerous portrayals of Lilith as a demon,
often linking her to other such female spirits as Naamah,
Machlah and Agrat. In fact, Lilith is often confused with
them. Yaalkut Re'uveni claims, for instance, that both
Lilith and Naamah had intercourse with Adam and brought
forth "plagues to the world." However, elsewhere
the Zohar identifies Naamah as "the mother of
demons" while Lilith, it seems, only functions as their
forth and makes sport with men and conceives from them
through their lustful dreams."...[The offspring] all go
to the ancient Lilith who brings them up. She goes out into
the world and seeks her little ones and when she sees little
children she cleaves to them in order to kill them and
insinuate herself into their spirits (Zohar III, 76b)."
The tradition of Lilith as
a slayer of children is seen in the midrash in Numbers
Rabbah: "...like Lilith, who, when she can find no
strange children, slays her own" (16:25). This Lilith
seems to resemble the Babylonian demon Labartu or Lamashtu,
for the child-slayer image has no foundation in the Talmud
and certainly no connection with the first Eve. Since
scholars differ widely as to the dating of Numbers Rabbah,
it is difficult to determine whether the author of the
Alphabet based his portrayal of Lilith as the evil spirit
who harms babies on this source, or whether both drew from a
common antecedent. In any case, the unity of the motifs of
promiscuity and child-slaying does not occur until the time
of the Zohar (see Zohar 119b)…" 40.
Creation, as we understand
it in the Bible, takes a definite perverted twist in the
Talmud, Mishna, Midrash and Zohar, by introducing Lilith,
demons, bisexuality and other esoteric concepts.
Through the study of
Biblical truth, we know that Lucifer and demons exist. There
is no question on that. However, no where in Scripture are
found the ideas, myths, perversion of Scripture or blatant
witchcraft which are presented in the very writings of the
"sages", whom Hebrew Roots leaders recommend.
of the Sages or Ancient Wisdom
Some might suggest
that these teachings are ancient, outdated and no longer
apply. However, it is exactly these sources of teachings--the
Talmud, Midrash, the Mishnah---the Oral teachings of the
Sages--which we are encouraged to study to find understanding
of our Hebrew Roots.
Avi ben Mordechai calls
"the Gospel" what Jesus called "traditions of
"…It is halacha
that was recognized during the First and/or Second Temple
periods. …Understanding the concept that a Jewish talmid
is a student of the rabbis’ Mishnah and Gemara
(Mishnah is the Oral Tradition and the Gemara is
the commentary and discussion, i.e., Mishnah + Gemara
= Talmud, hence "talmidim"), I also recognize
that our Rabbi Y’shua also had His Gemara (discussion and
teaching) on the rabbinic Mishnah and the written code of
Sinai. Thus, we are His talmidim or students of His Oral
Traditions which is the proper definition of the term
"Gospel." We are to follow His Mishnah and
Gemara, i.e., His Talmud…"41.
In "Explaining the
Midrash" Jacob Prasch promotes The Midrash, or Ancient
Wisdom, as an important element of New Testament scholarship.
"…The clearest set
of guidelines in Midrash are the Seven Midroth attributed to
Rabbi Hillel, the founder of the Pharisaic School of Hillel,
where Rabbi Shaul (St. Paul) was educated as a rabbi by
Rabbi Gamaliel, the grandson of Hillel….A classical
work of Midrash in Judaism is the Midrash Rabba on Genesis (Berashith).
Another is Lamentations Rabba. …Both of these kinds of
midrashim are haggadic. There are also wide bodies of
midrashic literature which are halakik, but these are of less
importance to New Testament scholarship…"
"It takes the
wisdom of the ancients to really understand these things…not
the wisdom of the 16th century, but the wisdom of the
What would make any
teachings more or less important---we need to clearly see the
foundations of all these teachings. To do less would be to
disobey God. My research reveals that these commentaries and
teachings have rarely changed in scope and intent, but rather
have just been supplemented.
According to Peter Michas,
since Jesus quoted from these writings of old, these works are
worthwhile and able to help us fully comprehend the Bible. His
e-mail messages are posted to "Ha-Talmidim" or The
Students, meaning just as Avi ben Mordechai has stated,
students of the Talmud's Mishnah and Gemara.
"… The New
Testament is in the pattern of the Jewish traditional
work of Torah, Mishnah, Haggadah, Halakah, Talmud and
Midrash, but inspired by God Himself for the common
people. These Hebraic works as well as the
Inspired Scriptures were quoted from by Jesus and
all the writers of the New Testament. But even now, to
have full comprehension, we must read the scriptures in the
proper Hebraic context…Most all of the Judaic writings
have been preserved for us and now translated into proper
English directly from the Hebrew…" 43.
When were these Hebrew Roots
leaders going to divulge the teachings in the rest of the
Talmud, Mishna and Midrash that directly pertain to Christians
and the Talmud?
"Rosh Hashanah 17a.
Christians (minnim) and others who reject the Talmud -Will
go to hell and be punished there for all generations."
"Sanhedrin 90a. Those
who read the New Testament ("uncanonical books")
-Will have no portion in the world to come." 45.
It has already been
established that Jesus Christ was rejected and condemned in
many Jewish writings including the Talmud. These major works
include teachings that uphold occult practices. What Scripture
recommends that we study the Jewish traditions or practice the
Israel had been warned, as
are we in Isaiah 32:6:
"For the vile person
will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to
practice hypocrisy, and to utter error against the Lord, to
make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the
drink of the thirsty to fail." [villany- wicked,
detestable, or disgraceful things]
If we go again to the
writings in the Talmud being advocated and supported by Peter
Michas, Jacob Prasch, James Trimm, Avi ben Moredechai and so
many others we read these unholy teachings that are so
contrary to the word of God.
"Baba Kamma 113a.
Jews may use lies ("subterfuges") to circumvent a
"Lying lips are an
abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his
Scripture asks and we
must ask ourselves in Amos 3:3:
"Can two walk
together, except they be agreed?"
2 Peter 3:17:
beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye
also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from
your own stedfastness."
We can see that there are
many connections between the Talmud, Midrash, Mishna and the
Kabbalah. If we conclude that Jewish mysticism, which is
diametrically opposed to the Bible, determines these
teachings, why would we follow them?
speaks of those who think they are hiding in the Rock, and are
deceived by their own hearts.
hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou
that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the
height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as
high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith
Some have suggested that the
Kabbalah is simply a facet of otherwise positive Jewish
mysticism that is totally misunderstood by Christians, and
these teachings are not of the occult. Many would deny any
connections and state that the Kabbalah is not used, connected
nor promoted, while others would agree with the following.
A Jewish Encyclopedia
offered by Messengers of Messiah and promoted by Larry Rowland
claims in its introduction to contain "the essential
teachings of Judaism." However, the reader is informed
that those teachings include The Apocrypha and the Kabbalah.
to the book "Encyclopedia of Jewish
Concepts,"…You can read the intro. for yourself and
make up your own minds. I would like to add, in its defense
that some of the best known Jewish book sellers advertise it
in their catalogues, i.e. Jonathan David Co., Menorah
Publications, Source for Everything Jewish to name but a
few. Jonathan David Co. writes: "Encyclopedic in scope,
this work by one of the foremost contemporary scholars
provides an interesting, lucid overview of the basic,
universal concepts of Judaism. …" …NOTE: -: For
those interested, it can be obtained at a better price from
Messengers of Messiah Intl. Min; Pastor Peter A. Michas;
P.O. Box 125; Troy, IL., 62294.)…" 47.
Encyclopedia of Jewish Concepts
The purpose of this book
is to provide in a single handy volume the essential
teachings of Judaism. It is written for those who want an
up-to-date and easily intelligible account of basic Jewish
concepts, a knowledge of which brings meaning to what may
otherwise seem empty phrases …. Knowledge of Jewish values
has reached an abysmally low point. It is of the utmost
importance that the Jewish heritage be looked upon as a
whole, not as a mere series of precepts and concepts linked
together. Its study must not be the prerogative of
specialists, but should be shared by the multitudes…"
"In all ages the rich
literature of Judaism had a certain number of books of
permanent value, which were a source of enjoyment to every
class of Jews. There has not been a single period which did
not make some permanent contribution to posterity. Each era
deposited behind it a sort of layer. For thousands of years
our people thought and felt and expressed itself in various
styles and forms. The Bible, the Apocrypha, the Talmud,
Philosophy, Kabbalah, Poetry, Ethics, Hasidism-each of these
represents an entire era with its own atmosphere and
The Jewish Encyclopœdia,
in an article on the Cabala, provides these observations.
"... The fact is that
the main ideas of the Zohar find confirmation in the Talmud.
As the Jewish Encyclopœdia observes, " the Cabala, is
not really in opposition to the Talmud," and "many
Talmudic Jews have supported and contributed to it.4"
Adolphe Franck's fundamental
study of Jewish Mysticism in La Kabbale,
"…does not hesitate
to describe it as "the heart and life of
P. Vulliaud, in his work, La
Kabbale Juive: histoire et doctrine, quotes Greenstone
from The Messiah Idea, who states;
"The greater number
of the most eminent rabbis of the seventeenth and eighteenth
centuries believed firmly in the sacredness of the Zohar and
of the infallibility of it's teaching. 6." 51.
What exactly is the Kabbalah?
Where did it come from, and why is The Zohar being sold door
to door in places where it was once forbidden literature? Why
is the Cabala now being presented to children in the United
States through such programs as the Jr. Great Programs for
gifted children grades 4-8. In their revised Jr. Great Books
Program, beginning Sixth graders will be reading "The
Mysteries of the Cabala" by Isaac Bashevis Singer. This
book is promoted as acceptable because, as stated to an
inquiring parent by a representative of the Junior Great Books
program, "it is mysticism, not occultism." A
follow-up phone call yielded little information:
"I talked with the
same person, Tom Kershner (I'm guessing on the spelling). He
remembered our previous conversation but didn't want to talk
to me and quickly sent me on to a woman who is one of the
Great Books editors. Her name is Ann Speltz (guessing on
spelling). I asked why they chose the story called THE
MYSTERIES OF THE CABALA by Isaac Bashevis Singer. She told
me it matches their criteria. I asked what that was. She
said she could send me a two page write-up on that. I asked
her to tell me. She told me it is a story of very high
literary quality. It was written by a Nobel Prize winner. It
is discussible because the meaning is not obvious. The
meaning is not explicit, therefore 'everybody pools what
they notice about the story'. The better readers help the
not so good readers to understand. I asked her if the fifth
and sixth graders will be curious about the Cabala after
they read this. She said they won't because they'll be
interested in the character (the boy). I said the boy is
interested in the Cabala so won't the readers be too? Then
she said a mouthful. She told me they won't be interested
because the Cabala is about Judaism -- and then she acted
like she had said too much and quickly told me that someone
had come in that she had to talk to and asked for my address
to mail me the 2-page criteria." 52.
Ephesians 5: 6--11:
"Let no man deceive
you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the
wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye
partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now
are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: [For
the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness
and truth;] Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And
have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather reprove them."
Quotes from the Authorized King James Bible
Hebrew Roots V: The
- Gershom Scholem, On The
Kabbalah and Its Symbolism, p.33, Schocken Books, New
- Harry Gersh "The
Sacred Books of the Jews," http://marlowe.wimsey.com/rshand/streams/thera/canaan.html
- James Trimm, The Society
for the Advancement of Nazarene Judaism: http://www.nazarene.net
- Daniel C. Matt, The
Essential Kabbalah, Harper Collins, 1996, p. 7,8,11.
- Talmud, treatise
Berakhoth, folio 6; as Cited in Nesta H.Webster, p. 80,
Secret Societies and Subversive Movements" Omni
Publications, Eighth edition, 1964.
- Talmud, treatise Hullin,
folios 143,144; as Cited in Webster, Ibid. p. 80.
- Michael A. Hoffman II
& Alan R. Critchley, The Campaign for Radical Truth in
- Hermann L. Strack, The
Jews and Human Sacrifice, Eng. Trans. pp. 140,141 (1900)
as Cited in Webster, op. cit., p. 82.
- (2). Hastings' Encyclopœdia,
article on Teutonic Magic by F. Hälsig.; 3. Talmud, tract
Sabbath; as Cited in Webster, Ibid., p. 82.
- Michael A. Hoffman II
& Alan R. Critchley, op. cit.
- Gershom Scholem, "On
The Kabbalah And Its Symbolism," p.154, Schocken
- Hastings' Encyclopedia of
Religion and Ethics, article on Jewish Magic by M. Gaster
as Cited in Webster, op. cit., p. 80-81.
- As Cited in Webster;
Ibid., p. 81.
- Footnote: 2. Margaret
Alice Murray, The Witch Cult in Western Europe, and Jules
Garinet, Historie de la Magie en France, p. 163 (1818) ;
3. Hastings' Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, article
on Jewish Magic by M. Gaster. As Cited in Webster; Ibid.,
- Webster, Ibid.p.80.
- Judy Weinberg, "All
you ever Wanted to Know about Lilith", "LILITH
Magazine" original printed Fall of 1976. ;
- Lilith in the Talmud;
"Talmud citations are informed by the translations of
I. Epstein. (The Babylonian Talmud .. London: Socino
Press, 1978) and Raphael Patai, Patai81,pp.184f.). Cited
- Michael A. Hoffman II
& Alan R. Critchley, op. cit.
- 4. Pesachim,112b; Numbers
Rabba, 12; 5. Yalkut Chadash, s.v. Keshaphim, No.56.;
Angelo Rappoport, The Story of Lilith from Ancient Isael:
Myths and Legends; http://www.cjnetworks.com/~lilitu/lilith/rappoport.html
- 6. Pesachim, 112b.,
- Lilith Magazine, op.cit.,
- Rappoport, op. cit., http://www.cjnetworks.com/~lilitu/lilith/rappoport.html
- Alphabetum Siracidis (Sepher
Ben Sira), edit. Steinschneider, 1858. See on Lilith.
Gaster, in Monatsschrift fuer Gesch. u. Wissenschaft d.
Judent., Vol. XXIX (1880), pp. 553-555. 3. Elia Levita,
Tishbi s.v. Lilith.; As Cited, Ibid.
- Lilith Magazine, Ibid.,
- Avi ben Mordechai,
- Jacob Prasch; Explaining
the Midrash; www.cw.co.za/moriel/midrash.html
- Peter Michas, http://www.ez/com/~peterm/HB.GK.RF.HTML
- Michael A. Hoffman II
& Alan R. Critchley, op. cit.
- "Larry G.
Rowland" ; uJEWI7: (fr. Larry R) The Kabbalah
- "Encyclopedia of
Jewish Concepts," Ibid.
- Jewish Encyclopœdia,
article on Cabala; as Cited in Nesta H. Webster, op.cit.,p.
- Adolphe Franck, La
Kabbale,p. 288; as Cited Ibid. p. 9.
- P. Vulliaud, La Kabbale
Juive: histoire et doctrine, I. 256, quoting Greenstone,
The Messiah Idea, p. 229; as Cited in Webster, Ibid. p. 9.
- Connie Spillman, phone
conversation 2/1/99 with Great Books Foundation,
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