Just trying to understand the standard moral psychology of today from the top-down
In the Talmudic system, stringent and less stringent are represented by the zugot pairs [and] personified a rabbinic dialectic, represented symbolically by the two “pillars of the Temple,” gevurah (severity) and chesed (mercy). In the predominant moral theology of the post-Renaissance Church of Rome these antipodes are designated as rigorist and laxist.
Gevurah as I’ve shown before is the origin of evil to the Kabbalists. The left-emanation sephiroth are evil in general, and Gevurah is especially so.
Besides severity, Gevurah is primarily translated as judgment. It’s symbolized by fire and the color red. Interestingly, look at what angel it corresponds with
One of my favorite pieces of advice from Strauss actually (in his interpretation of Genesis, of all things) is that “synthesis” is deceptive because one side of the supposed “synthesis” is always sacrificed. So you can see above that the “Truth” is always on the Angel Michael’s side. Gevurah, or the Angel Gabriel, is always synthesized into oblivion. That’s the real meaning of what Hoffman above refers to as the “zugot pairs”. And you see that in the catholic church’s appropriation, that means that the “laxist” side prevails over gevurah.
Gabriel?? This can’t be a coincidence! The laxist moral interpretations of everything today, another non-coincidence if you ask me.
Let’s go back to Hoffman, maybe he can help us understand more about this
See, this is why I counsel you to take their sephirothic scheme with a grain of salt, because this “higher equilibrium” is always biased in favor of Chesed and the nodes above and below that. And to my personal temperament at least that seems foreign. It’s not clear to me at all that Gevurah is representative of evil. What seems evil to me is an excess of “laxist” bias, which is all-pervasive in the modern west.
Let me put it this way
In our world of today Chesed might as well be Keter, and Gevurah might as well be the fingernail-dirt hanging in the qliphoth zone that you see at the bottom there.
Note I have nothing against Mercy. I agree that Truth between Chesed and Gevurah would represent a Higher Equilibrium, and I simply do not see that in reality. It’s a “synthesis” that heavily heavily over-emphasizes Chesed. And I postulate that that says something about the top, i.e. Keter, i.e. their interpretation of the closest understanding of God that humans can attain. So a blasphemous notion- that Jews don’t have a perfect understanding of divinity.
“Yes we do, shut up!” This really is the response they’d have (if they didn’t hide those who disagree with them at least).
Now let’s ctrl+f around that study of Hoffman’s that’s banned
I recall here Aschheim’s magnificent study on the differences between the Westjuden and Ostjuden. The German Jews for instance felt bad for their coethnics in the Pale. They knew they were living in a totalitarian culture. I feel that same way today about many Jews. Certain of them have to suffer just like any “Nazi”.
The paradoxical form it takes is that this “synthesis” resembles a severe form of mercy. If you step out of line and aren’t excessively merciful than you will be engulfed in the fires of Gevurah.
Something’s gotta give. Excessive mercy toward depraved individuals is not sustainable.
Hoffman is hilarious
The reason this 1100 page study is banned is because he has such a nuanced understanding of their “advanced mythology”
The rabbinic designation of these alternating functions as “upper Shekhinah” and “lower Shekhinah,” reveals the goddess of the Kabbalah in her multiple-headed, many-faced sefirah, as shape-shifter and androgyne, mirroring her boundary-breaking intimacy with the sitra ahra, which she rules wearing her Lilith face. Shekhinah’s “husband” Tiferet, is the shape-shifting sefirotic system itself, encompassing false dualities, such as, to give but one example, the political “Left” and “Right.”
And if we take Rabbi Wolfson’s word for it, all this sephiroth-talk is itself exoteric. And I haven’t seen much discussion of the Divine Names from Jew-doubters, so that will probably be a task for the future.
Another subtlety- here he is quoting Tishby
What people like us try to do is descend their Keter to the goyim version of Malkhut.