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Dance of the Divine Feminine and Masculine

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Reintegrating the Divine Feminine into Jewish Creation Spirituality

 

The opulently illustrated book Under One Crown looks anew at Judaism’s originating depiction of the feminine as a source of evil, in which the Moon must diminish herself in order to explain the introduction of evil and suffering into God’s Creation.

Honoring all aspects of Divinity, Under One Crown explores an alternative midrash crafted for those who yearn for a more inclusive understanding of gender, sexuality, and gender roles.

When feminine and masculine energies are freed from ancient stereotypes, they inspire us with the creative freedom to shape reality and mystery in a more holistic way.

The Impact

Under One Crown’s alternative to the Chullin 60b narrative yields a more egalitarian perspective of the masculine and feminine archetypes. With the current renewed (and renewing) impulse to honor all aspects of Divinity, this book responds to Torah’s question in our time: if we were to choose this alternative Midrash, how might our subsequent understandings differ? For we know, every interpretative choice both seeds and bounds future interpretations. It is our prayer that Jewish women and men benefit from this fresh look at a profoundly influential ancient teaching.

What the Money is for

The beautiful and powerful illustrations integral to this work require printing at a quality level beyond the publisher’s normal practice, and consequently at a cost higher than customary. A respected Jewish publishing house has accepted the book for publication, but requires the writers and artist to make a financial contribution to offset the additional cost for printing.

Those who contribute $180 or more would receive a copy of the book signed by the writers and artist.

Authors and Illustrator

Rabbi Raachel Jurovics, Ph.D.

Reb Raachel earned B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in English Medieval Literature from UCLA.  She has served in numerous community and congregational leadership capacities, with an  emphasis on human rights issues. Ordained by the Jewish Renewal Seminary, she currently serves as President of OHALAH, the Jewish Renewal Rabbinic/Cantorial/Rabbinic Pastor Organization.  Reb Raachel is the founding spiritual leader of Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community in Raleigh and maintains a multi-faith spiritual direction practice.

Sarah Stein, Ph.D.

Sarah, Associate Professor of Media Studies at North Carolina State University, has a background in documentary film-making, including winning an Oscar for film editing. Ordained as a contemplative minister through the Interfaith Theological Seminary, she has worked as a Spiritual Director for more than 18 years. Her interests encompass feminist revisions of theological texts and received understandings of common religious themes.

Mary Blocher

Mary understands herself as innately four things – a Texan woman, a veteran, a spouse, and Jewish. Her mother raised her to reject the automatic exclusion of women from anything. The U.S. Army taught her to appreciate the rights and liberties we should all express in our lives.  She and her husband Joe met in the Army and continue to explore life-long partnership and love. Converting to Judaism after a decade of searching for her faith, Mary joyfully accepts the daily challenge to live in Covenant with YHWH.

Andrea Gomez

Andrea received her BFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, where she studied painting and drawing and also apprenticed as an animator.  She made independent experimental animation from ’72 to the mid- 80’s, accruing various awards and honors, including being chosen an AFI fellow.

Returning to painting, in 1988 she opened a studio in Artspace, Raleigh, NC.  While there, her work was acknowledged in numerous newspaper reviews, shows, awards, and collection inclusions.  (Please visit her website at www.gomezart.net.)

Leaving Artspace in 2001, Andrea built her own studio.  Her work reflects wide interests in subject matter, mastery of many media, and often reflects Biblical or theological themes.  Her portraits are prized for their presentation of the subject’s personality and biography through facial expression, posture and mise en scene, giving lively voice to her subject’s personal narratives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dance of the Divine Feminine and Masculine

$1,149   raised
GOAL: $15,000

56 days to go

11

 Donors

Campaign by
Rabbi Raachel Jurovics, Ph.D. Sarah Stein, Ph.D. Mary Blocher Andrea Gomez
NC, USA

A rabbi, a professor, a natural mystic, and an artist have collaborated to bring the book Under One Crown to fruition. Linked by their affinity for the Jewish mystical tradition, the quartet engaged in extended study of the commentary on Genesis 1:16 in Tractate Chullin 60B of the Babylonian Talmud, evaluated its negative implications on Jewish tradition, and developed an alternative reading to transform its meaning. Remarkable illustrations exquisitely harmonize with the dialogue between old and new text. May the publication of Under One Crown stimulate ongoing dialogue within the Jewish community on the necessary integration of the Divine Feminine.

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    (All donation levels are described using terminology from the Sephirot, a Jewish mystical diagram representing the attributes of God - all simultaneously active, all part of the whole, all necessary, all welcome.) Dwelling Place of Shekinah, Gateway to the Tree of Life

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    Source of Lifegiving Imagination

  • Hod/Illumination
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    Highlighting Divine Glory

  • Netzach/Sustenance
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    Expanding Sacred Wisdom

  • Tiferet/Yearning
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    A Loving Heart at the Center of Creation

  • Gevurah/Sacred Power
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    Protecting Evolving Being (Supporters donating $360 or more will receive acknowledgement in the book.)

  • Chesed/Extravagance
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    Boundless Loving Help

  • Binah/Insight
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    Discerning Distinctions within Unity

  • Chochmah/Wisdom
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    Holding the Universal Vision

  • Keter/Crown
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    The Divine Desire to Make Space for Creation

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