Why do Jews Treat Yeshua as “He Who Shall Not Be Named”
It’s a bit of a tangled skein, a tale that spans then, now, and everything in between. It’s complex, but ultimately, after all the details, the core of the problem and the reason why Jews react to Yeshua like a shrieking woman standing on a chair above a tiny mouse, is simple. It’s as a glitch in the singularity that holds everything together. But first the details and the horizontal facts.
Through the centuries, certain cross-eyed Christians have blamed the Jews for Jesus’ death. The absurdity of this accusation is so mashed up in multilayered folly that one needs to set foot on each floor of this crazy mansion to appreciate all its ironies. Firstly, Jesus was a Jew. So were all the disciples. So, visualise Jesus for a sec pointing at himself in the mirror saying “Jew.” Secondly, it wasn’t the Jews who killed Jesus. Sure, the Pharisees may have been happier with him not around, threatening their positions of power, may have breathed a sigh of relief when they heard the big news, but the Romans were the murdering bastards that pulled the trigger, not just into Yeshua’s pre-risen flesh, but into the hands and feet of many thousands of Jews over the years of Roman occupation of the land of Israel. The Romans were happy to nail anyone that caused dissent or disobeyed their order.
“Do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.” Romans 11:18
Lastly, and most importantly, with such profound significance that the Chalice runneth over, did Yeshua not go through a night of agony in Gethsemane pre-crucifixion? What was that agony over? His imminent death. Yeshua knew Daddy had to sacrifice him as the people’s Lamb. He said “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass me by.” He, as anyone about to face the Great Jaws of the Void, struggled. He must have seen the need to drink the cup, because he met his destiny and accepted his fate, the path, his sacrifice and understood the purpose it served. The visionary master he was, could he not have just easily predicted the pitfall that would swallow him up and steered clear of Jerusalem? If one had missed these facts and been dozing through Sunday school, there is another opportunity to recognize the prophetic, necessary nature of the Passion, for as he died, Yeshua intoned, “It is accomplished.” The prosecution would therefore have been more apt to get a worthy verdict against God Almighty Himself for the killing of His Son.
How myopic and twisted does a person have to be to worship the Bible yet miss the voluntary nature of the Passion and instead turn and point an accusatory finger at the Jews, wanting revenge, blood for blood? This crazy mansion has resulted in the persecution of Jews across oceans of time, along with much death. The Jews don’t forget things like this. Take it from me, what we are most skilled at is schlepping things across great distances and for long periods of time. What we are not so good at is discerning the difference between being killed in Jesus’ name by his false followers, and Jesus himself. And this is a huge sore point and a rather large incitement that gets Jews jumping up screaming to flee the Jesus mouse. They associate Yeshua with what was done in his name. And so Jews need to grow up and separate the wheat from the chaff.
Another reason behind the jumpy closed mindedness against Yeshua amongst Jewry is due to the anti-Jesus smear campaign that was probably launched by the Pharisees and Sadducees during the time of Yeshua. Today most people still follow the leader without question, but it was way worse back then. To think for oneself meant alienation from the warm tent and the strength in numbers, and left one vulnerable to packs of wolves and marauders. Today, it’s still hard to believe the government doesn’t have our backs, and that CNN fabricates a media for mind control of the masses, but many people are beginning to wake up to the importance of self-reflection as a means of arriving at truth. Right now, at this time, I can give you a big Messianic Kabbalah clue that Truth is ONLY ever found in the self. Why is that? Because, as it is written in Taoism, “The way to the Tao cannot be defined or explained. It can only be experienced.” This is the Law of One. That the Oneness which makes up all Truth, that is God, Love, Unity, Universe, Great Spirit, lives in All Things and can only be witnessed and understood through the experience of Self, since Self is where all experience happens / exists for all individuals. Think about it. Where else does anyone experience anything? This simple morsel is such a massively important part of the essence of Messianic Kabbalah and healing and liberation, and it was the mainstay of Christ’s teaching. “The Kingdom of Heaven is in You!”
“You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.” Luke 17:21
The opposite of this notion is that the Truth is something to be possessed and handed on. It’s the very essence of the taunt of the Serpent to Adam and Eve. Another hint here: The Serpent always lies. He can’t help himself. He said, “Go ahead. Eat from the Tree of Knowledge. God is forbidding you from doing so because He doesn’t want you to be like Him, knowing Good and Bad.” So within the very twisted tempting lie is the very nature of the notion that knowledge can somehow be possessed and that God would be possessive over it, that God didn’t want them to possess that knowledge so denied it from them. Bah! What a mind job! Again, the exact opposite is true. Adam and Eve already were One with God. No separation. Truth living in existence, in each spiritual breath, in each ephemeral heartbeat. They knew all things because they were, before the fall, still One with All that is in the state known as Adam Kadmon. I deal a lot with this in my Kabbalah book, Book 1 of “The Last Four Books of Moses.”
Also to be gleaned from this passage of Torah is the particular nature of the Knowledge God was allegedly wanting to possess – knowledge of Good and Bad. Another lie. God knows unity. Not division. Division does not exist in the mind of the Creator. Wake up students of Genesis. It says it 6 times at the end of each day that God sees His/Her creation as “Good.” This knowledge of Good and Bad is the sharp knife-edged look in the eye of the Rabbi burdened with the Law of Moses (which I write about in my blog here). It is the very knife that takes Eden’s perfection and guts it, rendering the perfect fish into a now partly good and partly bad fish. Another act of the Serpent (Devil), aka the codification of the world of illusion. Another lie, one which is so woven into the fabric of our Earthly lives, that to render oneself beyond the knowledge of Good and Bad is to free oneself from divisive duality, to return to witness Creation as it is meant to be – Liberation, Enlightenment, Balanced All Good, which is different from Good with Bad thrown out, because then we’re just righteous fools thinking we got the duality figured out. But there is no mastery of duality. There is only control and self-deception that, having worked out all that is Good and avoiding all that is Bad, renders one good in the eyes of God. Bollocks! We are good because we ARE…(insert ‘good’ here optional), not because we follow the Law of Good and Bad. And then along comes Yeshua who proclaims the Law fulfilled, says stuff like God lives integrally in you, does reconstructive surgery on the gutted fish, shows the Way to access Truth is in self, says open your eyes, This is the Kingdom of Heaven NOW HERE people, c’mon work with me, turns the whole Torah upside down, and… now here’s the kicker, threatens the positions of the Pharisees and the Saducees whose jobs are all based on the dualistic notion that knowledge is to be possessed by the few and handed generously to those who show willingness to follow the rules and forego freedom of mind to be worthy of being handed the Serpent’s Forked Knowledge. People are possessive over a few things. Their partners, their provinces, their possessions, and their positions of power. Yeshua threatened the power of the leaders of the Jewish people at the time. And it is a power predicated on an old deception. Of course, the Rabbis didn’t realize that. They were doing what they were shown by their fathers and their fathers. It’s good people being misled by the sneakiest creature in the Garden. The road to hell is paved with righteous intentions.
I know the appeal of this path of knowledge. I have felt the greedy little claws in my heart clutch onto knowledge that I felt made me special, endowed, potent. I have watched myself keep things from people I felt were unworthy, or worse, because they were worthy. I have hesitated to click on ‘upload’ when I felt I was giving away a treasure that rendered me somehow less if others had it as well. I know its corruption. I know the Golemn-like pull of the One Ring to Rule them all. I’ve had lots of it this and other lives. I have also seen a gentlemanly, generous Rabbi reveal his infection with it when, during one of our heated debates, he stood up over me, stared me down and shouted, “I am the authority of Truth,” as a means to win an argument. Such an argument is loosely akin to saying, “I am older than you, so I know better.”
And so were the Pharisees ensnared in the same serpentine path of knowledge. So what do we do, they inquired, with this dude threatening our positions, our parnassah? They began the smear campaign. They used the CIA technique of repetition of facts, which, whether or not are true, become accepted over time as truth to the non-discerning. They called him False Messiah. They fabricated fabulous stories of Yeshua in which he was judged unworthy of advanced Kabbalistic teachings of his teacher, and instead had to steal the sacred names of God which made him able to fly and in order to bring him down to earth, they had to fly up there with him and ‘golden water’ all over him. After the destruction of the Temple, where the centralized oral tradition was threatened to be scattered with the diaspora, they even wrote it down in the Talmud, stating that his father was really a roman soldier.
“The stone which the builders rejected, has become the cornerstone.” Psalm 118:22
It’s not remarkable how those brethren of mine who still forward the sad smear campaign carry the package deal and repeat the thinking that makes the Serpent proud that I have heard a thousand times. “You can’t know truth on your own. You need to study the Torah to know God’s Will, to know what is good and bad.” “How could you ever be one with God? You’re arrogant!” (Projection) All they are doing is really denying access to a much truer part of themselves which I, for one, am not inhibiting them in any way from enjoying.
So having heard the same stories over and over again, to listen to the leader themselves laying into Yeshua, is another huge factor for why He shall not be named. I know it. I grew up with it. I think I hit a few false tales and CIA messages out of the park also with the campaign bat. It’s big. It’s ingrained. It’s as naturally a part of traditional Jewish lore as how to make gefilte fish. And like all things of this nature, you satisfy your father when you spout the same prejudices he holds dear. So let it be written. So let it be done.
Yet all the killing in Jesus’s name and the smear campaign, as relevant as they have been, are still not the primary factor that makes Jews tend to have nuclear emotional meltdowns to Yeshua’s name. Remember, if we tended to just mildly agree to disagree, I wouldn’t be writing this article. If the winds of reactivity hadn’t blown my hippie hair back at 150 mph, I’d have moved on. The Devil himself doesn’t bring up even the slightest blip on the emotional Richter scale for religious Jews. They take him to be God’s creation to test people. That’s it. Jesus responses fell great cities and move mountains with 9s and 10s on the same scale.
There just has to be some profound psychological factor behind the enormous overreactions. But what is it?
It is so simple. It is so beautiful. It is so painful.
We react to Yeshua because He is the full embodiment of Life and we are still slaves to Good and Bad.
Because he not only teaches us the Way to liberation, he shows us that the liberation is already here, and we ARE the liberation too and yet we still deny ourselves the liberation.
We react to Jesus as the Jewish Voldemort because HE IS US, the very truest, deepest, and best part of us and it’s harder to come to terms with that than it is to cast the first stone.
I will leave you now with a song from my album the Psalngs of Solomon.
Psalng of Yeshua – The Thorn in My Brow
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Legend of Hebrew terms used in song:
|Eli Yah Eli||My God Yah My God|
|Palmi Cristi (latin)||the palms/hands of Christ|
|Oseh Shalom Yisroel||Make peace Israel|
|Ve Kol Ha Olam||And in all of the world|
|Am Yisroel Ba’olam||People of Israel IN the World|
|Sham Ya’aseh Ahava||There the people will make Love|
|Am Ya’aseh Shalom||The People will make peace|
|Ba’Om Shalom Ya’aseh Yam||In the Sea of Om-Shalom Making|
|Yetzir Hora||The Bad Will / Evil inclination|
I know my feet are nailed down, and my wrists are pegged, but upon my crown, there’s a
thorn in my brow that’s really been bugging me
Could you pull it out? It’s only there, cause my presence here is hard to bear,
In your ways you don’t see, so you pin it all on me!
And that’s okay, except this kills and our differing opinion and opposing wills, have gone
and done, that you become the one to stick it home where I am more free.
And that’s okay, it’s only cause you, bind what reminds and what’s true about you, but
you can’t see, cause you’re not free believing in duality,
Oh Brothers I want you to be, Free in the Palmi Cristi,
Cause then your civilization, Is a Light unto Every Nation,
Oh Brother, I know it is true, you in me and me in you,
So won’t you take me in, as a bonafied part of your kin?
Oh pull it out, won’t you please? And then we’ll plant in you the seeds,
To let you grow into the glow and shine of your Tree,
And three it is, and so I am, a Son like you, so let’s walk again,
In the kingdom bringing peace to those who are in need
The truth is I’m really down upon the ground, not crossed or bound, but that thorn on the crown, is still a frown upon the smile of Eli Yah Eli.
Another truth is I’m not forsaken, I’ve taken the plunge and let myself in, to the Sea of the One, the Tree of the E, Done as I’m One, One as I’m three
Oh sisters I know it is true, it’s gotta get started in you,
Cause now it works for them, with everything revolving around him,
And brothers and sisters unite, together in the House of StarLight,
Demonstrate the way for them, to take the thorn out of Jerusalem.
Mercy (Chesed) Beauty (Tiferet)
Oseh Shalom Yisroel, Ve Kol Ha Olam
Am Yisroel Ba Olam, Sham Ya’aseh Ahava,
Am Ya’aseh Shalom, Ba’Om Shalom Ya’aseh Yam
Pull out the thorn, do it men, and put it on the tip of your pen,
And with my blood scribe the side of Torah, cast down since Yetzir Hora
Oh say Israel God is One, and then share it with every nation,
Don’t worry about the thorn in my brow, it’s time to pull yours out now.
Am Yisroel Ba’Olam Sham Ya’aseh Ahava
Am Ya’aseh Shalom Ba’Om Shalom Ya’aseh Yam
Oseh Shalom Yisroel Ve Kol Ha Olam
Peace be with you. Shalom Aleichem. Salaam Alaikum.