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TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL THEME: God as Mother
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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --Real feminine wisdom
    --God is the mother of all

    Midway down the page:
    --NEW: Ask Rabbi Mentz: Is G-d feminine?
    --The Female Nature of Wisdom

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Who is Sophia?
    --Father-Mother God
    --The Iroquois & the Mayans

          And the Last Word: From one who knew God
                                      ...in her soul
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Bonus quote: One can never consent to creep
when one feels an impulse to soar.

Helen Keller
Surely wisdom will call out, and
understanding will raise her
voice. Near the gateways of the
city, at the approach to its
entrances, she cries out;

All the words of my mouth are
with righteousness; they contain
no twisting or perversion.

I love those who love me, and
those who search for me shall
find me. Wealth and honor are
with me, great fortune and
righteousness. My fruits are
better than fine gold, even choice
gold and my produce is choicer
than silver. I lead in the path of
righteousness, amid the
pathways of justice. I have what
to bequeath (to) those who love
me, and I shall fill their
storehouses.

Proverbs 8: 1-3, 8, 17-21
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, Ltd.
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According to Meister Eckhart, God is not only the Father of all good things but he is the
mother of all things as well. He is father, for he is the cause of all things and their creator.
He is the mother of all things as well, for when creatures have gotten their being from him
he still stays with creatures to keep them in being. If God did not remain with creatures after
they had started their own life, they would most speedily fall out of being. Falling from God
means falling from being into nothingness. It is not so with other causes; they can with safety
quit the things they cause when these things have gotten being of their own. When the house
exists its builder can depart, for it is not the builder alone that makes the house; the
materials of it he draws from nature. But God provides the creature with the whole of what it
is, with form as well as matter, so he is bound to stay with it, or it will promptly drop out of
existence.

(Meister Eckhart, 1260-1328, A German Dominican theologian and philosopher)
From "Meister Eckhart, from Whom God Hid Nothing: Sermons, Writings & Sayings"
New Seeds Books, 2005
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ASK RABBI MENTZ:

Is G-d as much female as male?
What feminine qualities does G-d possess?
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                                                             Is G-d an X or a Y? Male or Female?

                                                            The question really can't exist because G-d is neither
                                           male nor  female. If we said G-d was one or the other,
                                           then we place a form on G-d and that would be idolatry.

Hmmm…Sounds good .. but just one problem.  We see that G-d is referred to as a
'male' in many places of the Torah. So what is that all about?

Answer is real simple ... G-d is really both Male & Female!
 

Whoa ... Rabbi you are really confusing me. You already said G-d could be neither, now you are saying G-d
is both?

Yep. That’s exactly what I am saying to you. Let me explain .... but first some background about G-d. G-d is
beyond description. G-d is beyond form. G-d is beyond anything we can fathom. G-d is perfect. In reality ...
G-s is impossible for any human to ever understand exactly what IT is.

But G-d created us, and wants us to understand who He/She is. So G-d had to humble Him/Herself, and
make words and descriptions about Him/Herself in a way we humans can understand Him/Her.

For example: A Name .... what purpose is a name? Simply put .. its a tagline we place on people in order to
call them by. To make them standout from the rest. But does a name have anything to do with you? Your
personality? For example .... your name is Lisa, or Susan, or John.. what do those names have to do with
your essence? Absolutely nothing. They are just call words so people can know you from the next person.
But who you are? Susan, Lisa or John has nothing to do with your essence - soul etc.

So why does G-d have any names? To make Him/Her stand out from the other gods? Heaven forbid we
should think along those lines! So why does G-d have names?

Now we come to the Unique HOLY LANGUAGE. Each name has a meaning. Throughout the entire Torah ..
there are many names which G-d uses to describe Him/Herself, but 90% of the times it boils down to 2
names. The names G-d uses are to allow us to have an insight about G-d at that moment.

For example ... When G-d spoke to Noah to enter into the Ark ... G-d used the name ADOE-NOY which is a
Feminine word. (Hebrew words are spelled differently for male and females... it’s a very gender based
lingo). Why does G-d use such a name here? Because G-d is showing compassion, love, mercy, all
wonderful qualities of the female.

Whereas, when G-d speaks of bringing the flood ... G-d uses the name E-LO-HIM which means Judgement
- which is written in male form. Throughout the Torah, once can discover what mood G-d was in ... just by
recognizing which name He/She used in any given verse.

Still the names that are used are just names. Names revealing a character stemming from G-d; but in
essence G-d is beyond names, beyond description, beyond Male Female.

So is G-d as much Male as Female? ... What say You?

Did you know: The FEM version of G-d's name is used more often than the Male version throughout the
Torah!
THE NATURE OF WISDOM
For in her there is a spirit that is intelligent, whole,
unique, manifold, subtle, mobile, clear, unpolluted,
distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen,
irresistible, beneficent, humane, steadfast, sure,
free from anxiety, all-powerful, overseeing all, and
penetrating through all spirits that are intelligent
and pure and most subtle.

For wisdom is more mobile than any motions;
because of her pureness she pervades and
penetrates all things.

For she is a breath of the power of God, and a
pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her.

For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless
mirror of the working of God, and an image of his
good.

Psalm 7: 22-26
Holy Bible, Revised Standard Edition
The Weekend Edition
Our Father Who are in Heaven
Our Father-Mother God, All-Harmonious...

From "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures"
By Mary Baker Eddy (       )
Founder of Church of Christ, Scientist
SOPHIA: an essay
By Linda Colucci-Madalone

For decades Sophia has been a mystery to many Spiritualist and Religious groups.  To this day Sophia
continues to be an evolving mystery, a great secret, but She is attracting greater interest and more
people are talking about Who and What Sophia is.

Earlier this year I was guided to find out who Sophia was. Much to my surprise I found books on Her
with a wide range of theories.  I was moved, inspired and gained Faith by Her beautiful energy and Her
loving messages...
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The figure of Sophia appears in many religious traditions, including the early
Gnostics.  In Christianity and Judaism she frequently is equated with 'The
Wisdom of God' referred to in the book of Psalms as well as in the New
Testament. In Judaism she also is linked to the feminine aspect of God in
the Kaballah. --
Editor

Linda Colucci-Madalone is a subscriber and contributor to The Religion
Network. Recently she became intrigued with the concept of Sophia, and
here shares with us the results of her research concerning Sophia's
spiritual attributes.
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We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.

From an Iroquois  Prayer
Who is my mother? Who is my father? Only you, O God.
You watch me, guard me, on every path, through every
darkness, and before each obstacle that you might hide or
take away, O god, my lord, O lord of the mountains and
valleys.

Prayer of the Kekchi Maya
(originally from Guatemala, now found in Belize)
And now, the Last Word:
I believe that God is in me as the
sun is in the color and fragrance
of a flower ---
the Light in my darkness,
the Voice in my silence.

Helen Keller (1880-1968)
Deaf and blind, she was an American author,
educator and activist
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Rabbi Chaim Mentz is the spiritual leader of Chabad of Bel Air