The Name of Moses is Hashem (God) Backwards
“By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” Genesis 2:2-3
I know we’ve heard many a time, “It’s the journey not the destination” and that is true for a given endeavour so that we enjoy the flowers as we walk to the corner store to pick up a stick of beef jerky, but it’s the opposite for the big picture of Creation. All the suffering, all the hardship, and the duality itself is rendered purposeful and fulfilled only at the very end of time as we know it in this world. While we’re punched out and stamped on the conveyor belt of time, it can be miserable and forlorn, but when we fall into the final product pile all shiny and new, it will all make complete sense to us.
And that brings me to the subject of Moshe Rabbainu (Moses). Heralded as the Supreme Leader of the Jewish people, one does not question the impeccable, faithful-servant status of Moshe. Yet there is a very unique aspect to him that is omitted and disregarded by the Kabbalists and commentators on Torah. He brought the Law of Torah at a time you could say the Jews were not living the Vida Loca. Enslaved in Egypt, they were skinny, scarred, and spent from schlepping around heavy objects. Ever seen The Ten Commandments starring Charlton Heston as Moses? Well, imagine a people reduced to their basest of states. Apparently the few simple Laws that were provided Abraham would no longer suffice. No idols. Love God with all your heart and soul. And the creed Make the world a better place also initiated with Abie. With Moses came the elaborate 613 Mitzvot (Commandments/Laws) – 248 Dos and 365 Don’ts, not to mention all the subtle nuances and interpretations that it took the Rabbis of Tzfat decades to debate about that are elaborated in the Talmud and elsewhere in the writings surrounding Judaism.
For instance, on Shabbat, should I pour the hot water on the teabag that is already in the tea cup or first fill the tea cup with hot water and then dip the tea bag in? Answer: If you do it the second way, you dye the water with the tea bag, and dyeing is prohibited on Shabbat, so the correct way is to first put the tea bag into the empty cup and then pour the hot water because then the water affects the tea bag, which is already occupying the tea cup and not the other way around. Phew. Close call there.
As another example, one is not allowed to swim on the Sabbath. Actually, that’s not entirely true. You are technically allowed to swim on Shabbat, it’s just all the things that could possibly happen or that you’d be tempted to do during or after swimming that are prohibited on Shabbat, so swimming is discouraged, albeit Sabbatically legal. For instance, children and adults that didn’t do swimming lessons wear arm floaties, which back in the day were made of reeds. They were fragile and could break. Breaking something undeliberately on Shabbat is ok. Do you think God is mean or something? However, if you broke the reed floatie you’d be tempted to repair it on the spot to keep joining in on the fun of splashing around with your friends and family and repairing broken objects is prohibited on Shabbat. Next, you’re not allowed to water crops or green growing things on Shabbat, because any sort of farming on the Sabbath is a no-no, so where are you going to drip dry safely? Wait. I have a towel. OK so you can dry yourself, but then you’d be tempted to wring that wet towel out, wouldn’t you? And wringing is a Sabbath sin, not to mention where are you going to let that water fall from the wrung towel? If any little greedy blade of grass grabs a hold of any of that water, trouble trouble. But if you got out of the water and stood in some sterile sand, or if you used a towel to dry yourself and hung it responsibly, you’re technically fine. However, what my Frum brethren will then say is that swimming, although legal in and of itself on Shabbat, is not in the spirit of Shabbos. I get it. Don’t go crazy and swim 50 laps in the Olympic pool and don’t hoot and holler and disturb the peace on the holy day of rest. But what about after you walk 10 miles to synagogue and back after shuckling, rising and being seated for 4 hours and it’s hot and you’re sweaty, wouldn’t it be OK to slip out of all those heavy, sweaty dark clothes into your skibbies and ease into the cool refreshing waters? As you lay on your back, floating with in-tact reeds, gazing up at the firmament, while “oy yoy yoy machaya” emanates spontaneously from your reverent lips, is that not the essence of the spirit of Shabbos?
What happened here? How’d we get so minutia minded and so wrapped up in petty legal squabbles? Do we really think that God minds if we stain water with a tea bag or if grass grows from us dripping dry after a magnificent, relaxing, rejuvenating swim on Shabbat? I get the very wise concept of resting from all the work we had done during the week. God did it. We can do it. It makes sense. It serves a purpose. So if you’d been irrigating and tilling the soil, then take a break Jack. Put up your feet and gaze out upon all the work you’d done during the week. Enjoy it, and enjoy yourself. Just be. Rest. Enjoy. Don’t sweat the small stuff because that is not in the spirit of Shabbos.
You have to keep the Mitzvot to be a good Jew / person!!! is a phrase I hear everywhere from my religious brethren. To boil the belief even further, you are not good if you do not follow the Mitzvot, and one further step: Following the Mitzvot makes you good. This belief and all its permutations is so deeply ingrained that it is one of the largest limiting belief systems that resounds most loudly in that empty space between the strands of our DNA. The Catholics, other hard core Christians, and Muslims got it too for they are based on the very same foundation of Torah. But for them, it’s not specifically Torah, it’s Bible or Quran, and what it says to do or not to do therein.
What does it do to a soul who submits to the Law of Moses (or Quran or Bible scriptures) as if that is the will of God for each of us, forevermore? What occurs to the individual who believes that all answers have been arrived at already, that all codification of Laws has been previously decided upon by smarter, better people and if there is any dispute to put it in the hands of the Rav (Law expert Rabbi) or Cardinal or Imam? That soul becomes bound to seek all answers about how to be externally from a predefined set of rules, set in stone. What does that do to a soul?
It creates the perfect separation between the individual and God living in them.
It perpetuates the illusion of separation from the Creator. It masterfully masks the living, breathing will of God as it lives in the heart of every individual, spontaneous, natural, and inherent. And since through all my studies, through all the stones I have turned over seeking Truth, and with all my experience with God living inside me, I know that our purpose on Earth is to return to the Creator, but not only that, to have the peak experience of Nosce te ipsum – Know Thyself- Self-realization, that each of us is God, as the highest Truth. There is really nothing more important.
Yeshua came and said; “I have fulfilled the Law of Moses.” and “The Kingdom of Heaven is in you!”
“Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”‘? John 10:34
He was spot on. Right on target, which is interesting because in Hebrew the word sin, “chet,” literally means to be off target. Well Yeshua was the archetypal ender of the sin of forgetting who we really are. This is what it means that he fulfilled the Law of Moses. He ended it. Rendered its usefulness a thing of the past.
There is still a Law which he taught and it is the Law of Love – all things related. Love God with all your heart and soul and all your might (Deuteronomy 6:5, Luke 10:27, Matthew 22:37). Love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus / Vayikra 19:18). So don’t go thinking anything goes. Everything in love goes. That is a freedom. And truth is also relevant, so it’s another thing on the list to be respected and aspired toward, not legalistically bound to, and certainly not punished for straying from.
Love God. Love everyone. Respect people’s boundaries. Love yourself. Simple. And since everyone and everything is God’s unity, well then love yourself as being a part of God. And please, for the Love of God, put away the Law of Moses as the means to tell you how to be good and how to not be bad. Seek the answers within yourself and sooner or later, you’ll remember, like a parting of clouds for a sun that has always been there – You ARE Good. You are Love and Loved and Loving. There is nothing to be afraid of.
Rabbi Akiva, one of the greatest Rabbis to ever have lived, said in a famous Midrash (Sifra) that the mitzvah to love your neighbor as yourself is the very essence of the Torah. So? Nu?
There have been a few great masters along the Jewish tradition to know they contained all the Universe within them who brought forth change, healing, betterment. Abraham, when the people called the stone statue God and bent down to it. Moses when the Jews and the world were at an extreme state of lawlessness and needed to be governed. And Yeshua who came and showed the way back to true self, back to heart, back to the Law of One. The One Law. Love.
Love is a simple principle. Yet how difficult is it for us to love one another? To love ourselves? It may be the most difficult simple thing there is to do and to be. So it behooves us to focus simply, for when one’s attention is divided among the many rules and laws, the simple is drowned in the confused message that would have us believe if we master all the numerous minutia, that makes us good. But it is not so, for we are already good, and all the dos and don’ts are a distraction from that fact.
It is like the metaphor of true holistic healing that I teach in my course and write in my book Holistic Counseling versus taking something for all the symptoms and bodily ills and imbalances. When I help bring a patient down to the fundamental core belief that is causing their suffering and their illness, it liberates them fantastically to just focus on that and nothing else until it becomes fully liberated from their consciousness. And those that do are healed. Others instead do everything BUT face the simple liberating truth. They eat impeccably. They exercise. They do all the research for the latest great supplements or herbs or vitamins that address their illness. But they are just lost in the world of controlling the symptoms and the more they think they need the thing from the outside to render them well, the more the narrow, simple choice that would liberate them is lost in the noisy externalization from self.
And so it is with the Law of Torah.
What is the Torah, really? It is the book that details the 248 Good commandments and the 365 Bad commandments. What is that, in essence? It is knowledge of what is good and what is bad. Ring a bell?
The Torah is the Tree of Knowledge for Good and Bad.
Here are some more tidbits to help wrap one’s mind around this whale of a statement. It is a mystery of Torah which has been interpreted many ways and here’s another.
In Genesis 33:11, the Torah states, “The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” That’s quite clear. But then, just a few lines later, in the same chapter:
“20 But you cannot see my face, because no one can see me and live. 21 “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes that place, I will put you in a large crack in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take away my hand, and you will see my back. But my face must not be seen.””
How does one reconcile these completely contradictory statements? Moses would speak with God face to face as one would with a friend, and then, “Don’t look at me!!” What gives? So the difference between the two statements has to do with the state Moses is in for each one. When Moshe sees God face to face he is the same as God. They speak as friends. Equals. Moshe, in this case, is Hashem. He is God. He is in the Oneness, Tree of Life reality. No separation. What is the crack therefore? It is symbolic for the split in the Oneness – the crack that leads to the world of duality, where a soul cannot see God face to face. This passage is so key to understanding a most profound and never spoken of secret about Moshe Rabbainu. In the place of Oneness, of friends shooting the breeze, Moshe is Hashem. He is God. But when he goes into the crack, Moshe is the opposite/backward of Hashem, that is why it says “You will see my back.” This is symbolic of the reversal of reality that occurs in the world of duality. I devote an entire chapter to this concept in my book 1 of “The Last Four Books of Moses.” Hashem becomes backward, takes on a state of opposition to Himself/Herself embodied by Moshe who brings the Law of Torah which is the Tree of Knowledge for Good and Bad, the very symbol of duality itself and the separation from the Garden of Eden and the Tree of Life.
That is why Moses’ name in Hebrew, the very spelling itself, is backwards that of the name of God – Hashem.
Moshe opposes Hashem.
That’s right. I said it.
Now it is important to understand this to recognize the role that Yeshua brought in the fulfillment of this Law of Moses, of Good and Bad, what I call being a slave to repetition. But let’s not get crazy about it. God brought this duality. Moses is His/Her prophet for duality, for opposition of His/Her own will. It WAS necessary. Part of the plan.
The duality serves a purpose for the Creator. It is God given. Here is the paradox. God gave a Law that opposes His/Her very nature. He sent Yeshua, His fully manifest Son to later render that Law, that entire era of living in duality, finished, kaput, done-so. Kingdom of Heaven time. Tree of Life return. World to come here we come! But the main body of Jews didn’t get it. Those that were so enamored by the Law of Moshe were just too obedient to release the need for the Law.
Some broke off, followed Christ. These Jews became Christian, then they got mesmerized by the Scripture and forgot the essence, minds absorbed by the legalistic play of words, and the world of Good and Bad lived on in a different form. Many Christians are as legalistic as Jews. So even though the greatest of all Messengers came (he wasn’t strictly a Messenger, per se, but he sure did bring a message), people still didn’t get it. Because the role of the Messenger is to bring a message, not to do it for you, otherwise Yeshua would have stayed and expediently made the rounds until everyone ascended.
Even those, like myself, who recognize these facts still get caught in the web of our own thinking, our limiting belief systems, this is good, that is bad, our judgments. So it is not a flip the switch and duality goes away. It’s a work in progress. But what would the world be like if the Jews had embraced the path of Yeshua as a return to the All Good Kingdom of Heaven, recognizing Truth as something living within self, accepting God in each individual as the Universal Judge? For one thing, the modern laws and government would be very different. Trace history and you’ll see that the legal systems of all developed nations arise from the Law of Moses. Yet, despite how much these systems have served, there are still obvious problems with them. The idea of a legalistic body residing over man is not kosher with the highest Truth. Sure, to get by with a bunch of maniacs killing each other, you need a Law that controls their behaviour. But what does the Law really do for the underlying cause of separation that led a human to hurt another or to use their will against another? And how does the Law really make us feel when we decide to do something that we feel is fine but which is judged as bad/illegal by the governing body? So long as I keep the Law of Love, can I not speed on an empty highway if I deem it is ok? Skip a stop sign in the middle of the country at night with not a car in sight? Smoke some weed? Use some herbs that the FDA has rendered illegal? Or here’s a good one – leave my car windows open and my doors unlocked? Yes, here in Quebec, the Law has decided to penalize people for leaving their own car doors and windows open. THAT’s how absurd things have gotten.
Is this law and legal system not trying to be like God, in the very way the Serpent prompted Adam and Eve that they would be like God in knowing Good and Bad if they just ate from the Tree of Knowledge? Does it not compromise a human being’s sovereign nature, as God dwells within each individual? And moreover, how’s this system working out for us? Is the system working well, rendering the economy robust, healthy, abundant? Are we seeing the end of poverty, crime, and illness? We need the reduction of all the complexities into the Laws of humankind to recognize each person as sovereign, and Love as the one Law, to save our planet.
The makeup of the Torah is the very fabric of this material world. This world is made of the code (think Matrix) that brought the Torah into existence. Religious Jews believe that God looked into the Torah and made the world. And it is true! But what world? This world of duality with its suffering, illness, death and illusion of separation from God. When Moses falls between the crack, he brings the very book which is the Matrix of the world of duality. Wanna know how to survive in duality? Follow Torah. No one can argue against the fact that we Jews have survived against all odds, defying sword, flame, arrow, and gas chamber. It is a kind of miracle, really. And so the Torah is miraculous. A guide book to survive duality. However, it is a double edged sword. You live by the sword, you die by the sword. You live by the guidebook of duality, you die by the guidebook of duality and duality becomes your reality. That is the nature of Mind. To see what it brings to seeing. To weave a tapestry of belief around the pure potential of the I AM of Creation. Yeshua says, “Stop it!” Trust your heart. You are good. You are God. See the truth of your nature. Self-realize. Set yourself free from the cycle of live-learn-death-rebirth. See the Kingdom of Heaven everywhere. See my Blog – Yeshua and the Kingdom of Heaven is Here.
Sometimes poetry and music can speak volumes in a few verses where it takes volumes to express one or two concepts in a blog. I would like to introduce you to a song from my album The Psalngs of Solomon. Here is the Psalng of Moses – Ehye usher Ehye.
Psalng of Moses – Ehye Usher Ehye
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You know I was, doing all right,
A7 C Gm Dm
I saw the good land and I knew I was home.
I don’t know why, I struck that stone!
C A7 Dm
War could have ended, but I put my hand on the throne
I’ve walked so long, the path ahead is faded,
C Bb Dm
My strength is gone, and I am not going to make it, Hur and Aharon
Dm Gm A7 Dm
Alone, I’ve crawled, with broken knees bleedin’,
Down past the river, I’ve seen across the shore,
I could have bathed, in holy water,
And seen a place where men need fight no more,
How come the sun, burns but I’m still shivering,
Why do my people still need delivering?
Chorus 1 – Ehye Usher Ehye
Ehye usher Eyhe Dm Am Bb A7
Home is a place freed from the week’s labours,
C Gm Dm
And a land with a rule golden for its neighbors,
And I ask you now, is there anywhere that’ll take me in,
C Gm Dm
Where I can rest and not worry about the bite of the scorpion?
Whoa, where I can loosen the knots of the lives I’ve tangled,
Bb Asus2 Dm
I brought a Law to my people that no one else wanted to take,
Home’s to be chosen and equal with the lots on the outside,
Bb Asus2 Dm
I drew a Line with my people that they swore they’d never break,
Home’s where I share myself and I don’t have to hide.
Bb Asus2 Dm
I caught my people worshipping and made them fear the quake,
Home’s where the rain won’t drown, and the gas won’t leave me strangled,
Bb Asus2 Dm
We thought they could take it and that was no mistake
Ehye usher Eyhe Dm Am Bb A7
And so you have done it through ages and ‘til this day,
Bb Gm A7
Kept my five books like there’s no other way
And through stages and through sages, through ravages and pogromages,
Bb Gm A7
by sealing it for no leakages, you survived the suffering in the cages,
And the suffering came from the pages, you put around your minds to see,
Bb Gm A7
My words memorized and idolized like that is all there is to be
And you’ve suffered at the hands of the nations, jealous because of your separation,
Bb Gm A7
The Goyim have been sayin and praying, to shine and share your light with them
And I will stand face to face with Him, again as a brother and as a friend,
Bb Gm A7
But down I fell through the crack! to just see his back and turn against Hashem
When All there is to be is free, it’s not walking around with a Guide to see,
It’s letting everyone Be cause that’s what the Bush said to me –
Ehye Usher Ehye
What a knowledge, what a tree, what a good ‘n bad book to be,
What a binding, what a shackles, what a schlepping around for sheckles,
What an amazing fulfillment of service, oh my people, we deserve this
What an advancement of civilization, Israel and Every Nation
What a book, what a deed, what a task – they asked and we agreed,
All Am >>
What a challenge, what a chance, what a continual endurance.
What a joy, what a nachas, what a pain in the tuchas,
What a double-edged sword that kept them separated from others,
That place I call home has doors open to its neighbors,
And when they come close, we don’t have to hide,
Nor put the fence around us, nor draw the line for Shabbos,
Now I untie the lie that’s divine, my people that I drew, around me and you
So tell me now, will we go this way forever,
C Gm Dm
You with my old way and me now with the Nu,
Cause if that is so, I’ll keep my heart’s hope strong and true
While you’ll keep up with no strings attached to the line that I just undrew,
Based on the old one, that I brought you for Service that you did do,
And now my people your new service begins anew in you – a Nu you –
Ehye usher Eyhe Dm Am Bb A7
Peace be with you. Shalom Aleichem. Salaam Alaikum.