Moby Dick, and now this, a rabbi rewrites the Bible?
Has anyone ever read Moby Dick cover to cover?
My rewrite contains even more blubber, see Final Kabballah.
The Azza reminds: A to Z or Z to A The Final Age Testament is a FAT Bible.
The final version has only one author, even though, like the Original The Final Age Testament is a library. The Hebrew version of this site would appear to rise from right to left.
The Hebrew version of the Ten Teachings read right top to bottom on the right Tablet one to five, and continue on the left Tablet down six to ten. This pairs teaching six to teaching one, teaching seven to teaching two, eight to three, nine to four, and ten to five.
The “holy grail” of classical kabballah is to reconstruct the First Set of Tablets. First you must know that the fragments of the Tablets Moses smashed at the dancing around the golden calf were put in the original Ark.
Another Ark was built for the Second Set, which the rabbis teach were received on Yom Kippur. Both sets are sacred, but are they the same?
In essence, yes.
At Temple Shabbat Shalom we have two sets of the Ten. The Hebrew reads:
(Top of right tablet to bottom):
No (Name in vain)
Remember (the Sabbath)
(Top of left tablet to bottom)
Low Ta ah ney
No (false witnessing)
Remember, these are the second chance Atonement Tablets. The First and Final Revelation reconstruct a positive. The Original Set reads:
Live, Love, Give, Witness, Share
In the original Hebrew:
Now the riddle or the unpacking of the message is right, to bottom, and left to bottom, left to right, and bottom to top, as in a countdown (and up!)
No wonder Blake and Shelly were so confused.
Classical Kabbalah protects this riddle so well even modern masters seem oblivious.
An objection will be raised in the Academy:
…Peseal lechah shnay lewchote avaneam kareshoneem…(Exodus 34)
“Hew for yourself two tablets of stone like the first”
Like the first?
Ibn Ezra is correct in reading “like the first” as meaning the “same measurements.”
The R.E.A.L. notes the word P’sal.
The holy Kotzker Rebbe reminds us not to turn the story into an “idol” retelling.
Moses, (as Rashi explains), is to cast the second chance tablets himself. Moses knew the first set were too positive for the children of Israel. Moses knew the children of Israel and humanity would live in the negative until the end of time. Then the redeemer who comes to Zion will announce the bar and bat mitzvah of humanity. The children will grow up and become adults.
The reconstruction of the first into the final still needs some work in the Hebrew, so the ascent from z to a. I welcome your comments:
O Have Emet
Tane Ha la lu yah
“Chalake” may need refinement.
Back to Moby Dick, or the Whale. In the original Melvile extracts “Great Fish” from the Book of Jonah, but his etymology seems to have a typo, replacing the Hebrew letter nun with a zayin.
Now all of this will be examined by others in dissertations, but remember Melvile rightly gives every reference he can find for his fine chowder.
Moby Dick is the gem of American novels as The Book of Jonah is the great jewel of the Hebrew bible.
Jonah ends with a bit of a joke. At first glance the final chapter of the book seems superfluous and the prophet petulant. In truth it is included as a prophecy.
Jonah ends with a question, in a flourish of literary genius. (Read it again now.)
Jonah is easier to finish than Moby Dick, but also open to violent misreading. (See Final Testament).
One translator reads the “Ninevites” as the Jews, of all things (see William Tyndale, Prologue to Jonah.) To counterbalance this great and terrible misreading we are challenged by the Book of Jonah on the Day of Atonement. As Yom Kippur draws to an end the entire Book is chanted before Elijah shows up and the Second Set of Tablets are received!
Notes to my sermon on this include reminders to modern Jews that the message of the Day of Atonement is for everyone; jew, gentile,atheist and agnostic.
One year I recommended to my conservative Jewish congregation that they bring two gentile friends to the reading of Jonah on Yom Kippur. They did not. Is Tyndale vindicated? My congregants. Jonah’s all!
As to the joke, the humorous end of the final chapter ( 4:11 )
“ And I (should)
not have pity on Nineveh
that great city
wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons
that cannot discern
between their right and and their left
and also much cattle?
And why should the cattle not be saved?
After all they also wore sackcloth and ashes.
What a delight to hear the voice of the God I call Y! (J)
What a delight to hear echos of, and from, K!
We all have a cattle soul. The Chasidic Masters refer to this as our nefesh ha behames,
Or we will continue our holocaust and consume you all! (See also Rebbe I.B. Singer.)
The Ninevites could not distinguish between their right and left hands. This is the story of Western civilization as I know it. The Final Question to Jonah
Remains. How do we transcend duality and rise above our animal souls?
Does the right brain control the left hand? Do artists and creative and intuitive people live only in their right brain, and analytical thinkers of logic and reason in their left?
Is this Apple vs. P.C.?
The Aria vs. The Azza Zaaz?
Under my silken black and white skullcap, my two hemispheres of my bi-cameral mind,
My Theo Cortex, the third and central mind, covers right and left;
And unites in
Two ears that hear
Two eyes, focused,
One tongue on fire
(Guarded by two lips)
As my Menorah ignites:
Law or liberty?
The liberty of the Law.
Reason or imagination?
The Real is also imagined!
In an old desk drawer.
Now at hand.
The Aria is happy to have written his poems and essays and novella and seders. His poems take the place of a mountain.
I the Azza Zaaz am happy to balance from the other direction. Am I two or one?
I finely announce a final
The final canto of the final canticle.
As in Borge,
aleph is all and all aleph
as Aleph is A
and All is A.
The secret name of God is revealed within.