Kadosh and Kadesh

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Kadosh and Kadesh

#1 Postby Marion » Tue May 28, 2019 8:53 am

Shalom All!

I have been in a contemplation of the words Kadosh and Kadesh. During the recent ceremony of the Bride, I heard that Kadosh is associated with the Holy Mother, and Kadesh with the Holy Bride. Both of these words mean “holy” and digging a little deeper into the Hebrew, I found there are some interesting distinctions between the two words.

Both Kadosh and Kadesh are spelled: קדש (quoph, dalet, shin) and sometimes with a vau: קדוש (quoph, dalet, vau, shin). The difference in pronunciation comes by way of vowel points. With vowel points, they look like this: קֹדֶשׁ and קָדֹשׁ.

Kadosh is used specifically to denote something or someone that is inherently sacred. This word is most commonly used to describe God, and is an adjective.

Kodesh, is a noun (masculine) and it is used to describe a holy thing, such as Holy Land, Holy or Holies, and Holy City. It is used when something is imbued with the power of God, making it more than what it is in itself.

If we take these words in the context of the Mother and Bride, can we say that Mother is the inherent Holy ground upon which all things exist? And Bride is what arises from the ground, remembering itself as part of the ground, and therefore Holy?

This also reminds me a lot of our recent Shabbat conversations on the Divine Spark. It is out responsibility to remember our holiness in God, in Messiah every moment of every day. When we feel separate and apart from God, we must have faith that, even though we cannot feel it in the moment, God is within and all around us, the separation is merely an illusion.

May the Lord open our hearts to receive Divine Blessing! Amen.


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To Make Holy

#2 Postby Elder Gideon » Thu May 30, 2019 4:46 am

Shalom Marion:

I'm grateful you heard and followed through with an inspiration into the nuances of holiness and to make holy in Hebrew.

Kadosh קָדוֹשׁ (H6918) as an adjective—holy—does indeed describe something consecrated, all by way what is most holy of all,the Holy One of Israel (2 Kings 19:22).

Kadash קָדַשׁ (H6942) as a verb—to make holy—describes how, by God's power, something, someone, or somewhere is made holy and aligned with the Holy One.

Kodesh קֹדֶשׁ (H6944) as a noun—holiness—is what has been set apart for God, bearing something of God's Presence.

Your relating these nuances to Mother and Bride is lovely. I feel a threefold action between these partzufim that rely upon the Son. Mother is indeed the innate holiness, the purity of the space in which everything holy and unholy arises. The Presence of Awareness—the Son—recognizes and draws holiness out from unholiness. The display and experience within and around oneself of holiness is the Bride. This isn't a sequence, but an interdependent simultaneity. Holiness requires the act of making holy to manifest as holy.

Perhaps the olam-universe of Asiyah—making, action—being the same most aligned with mysteries of the Bride is the strongest case for Kadash—to make holy—which is to say, to align what is Kadash—holy—with Kodesh—holiness. Not we, but "She" who makes holy, aligning the Holy Bridegroom with the Mother, the groundless ground of Holiness.

May we all have eyes to look and see
ears to listen and hear
the Kingdom of Heaven spread out upon the earth.

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Re: Kadosh and Kadesh

#3 Postby SorellaRoselyn » Thu May 30, 2019 9:21 am

This is an interesting study. Connecting the holiness of the divine feminine with the verb (Kadash) shows the Holy Daughter is an active participant in awareness and the arising of holy to holiness, rather than a passive recipient. While the Son is an external Saviour, the Daughter is an internal 'Soteria' (Saviouress). The image of the Daughter working within to arise our souls back to Mother reminds me also of the Magdalene's vow to remain and incarnate in each generation, to help humanity arise, holy from unholy, back to our Awareness.

May the Lady Messiah find us all within our true selves.

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Re: Kadosh and Kadesh

#4 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu May 30, 2019 12:04 pm

Grace and peace to you in the Virgin of Light and Kallah Messiah!

First, concerning the Holy Partzufim it may be said that they all rely upon one another for their manifestation and realization - the fulfillment of the will of the Most High in their emanation, and their manifestations and actions. Thus, while it may be said that the Mother and Bride rely upon the Son for their realization, so also the Son relies upon the Mother and Bride for realization. That’s the way it is with the Partzufim and Sefirot, and remember they contain one another, each Partzuf holding all Partzufim in themselves, just as each Sefirah holds all ten of the Sefirot.

That said, in speaking about holiness and the Mother and Bride we need to remember something about the Divine Feminine in our Christian Kabbalah, whether Mother or Daughter; in that the Divine Feminine first and foremost corresponds with the immanent presence of God Most High in creation, all of creation is in the Mother-Bride, and all creation is the manifestation of the Mother-Bride, and this includes light and darkness, good and evil, righteousness and wickedness, holy and unholy - the entirety of creation. Therefore we see ‘bright’ and ‘dark’ manifestations of the Mother and Bride, the ‘dark’ including the forces of the Other Side - archons and demons.

This all embracing quality of the Divine Feminine, of course, and the manifestation of the Holy Shekinah as light and darkness, good and evil, and so on, corresponds with the exterior of the Holy Mother and Bride - Mother and Bride ‘turned outward’ towards creation, not inward towards themselves, the Infinite and Eternal One. Thus, while completely involved in all aspects and manifestations of creation, and manifesting as the entirety of creation, inwardly, in their interior, the Mother and Daughter are completely transcendent - primordial and supernal, pure emanations of the Infinite and Eternal One.

Here we may say that the interior of the Mother-Bride corresponds with the true essence and nature of all things, or who and what they are in the Infinite and Eternal One, and the exterior of the Mother-Bride corresponds with the lower, outer nature of all things as they are manifest in creation, or who and what they are in themselves. Understand, there is a spark of holiness, a spark of the Infinite Light, in all things, in all creatures; even in the greatest evil among demons there is a spark of holiness hidden deep down. This is the true essence and nature of all things, all creatures, but that essence, that nature, must be actualized and realized; hence, who and what things, creatures, are in themselves needs to be united with who and what they are in themselves, the holiness and beauty that is in them, the light that is in them, must be brought forth from within them - realized and embodied.

Regardless of the manifestation of a living spirit or soul, whether as something good or evil, or admixed, their inmost essence and nature remains ever pure and holy, undefiled - ‘virgin.’ On this level there is no ‘making holy,’ but holiness is the very essence and nature of all things, all creatures; and yet there is a making of things, creatures, holy in their manifestations through the actualization and realization of the holiness within them, and drawing out that holiness - embodying it. In this way, in effect, things, creatures are ‘made holy,’ but then in reality all things, creatures are emanated, created, formed and made in the beauty and holiness that God Is, all emerging from the ‘womb of the Infinite and Eternal One' (Ain Sof), if you will.

In this regard you might consider our recent discourses on the Zohar and the teachings of light coming from darkness, good from evil. These teachings of the Holy Kabbalah completely depend upon the awareness of all things in their inwardness, the awareness of the spark of holiness, the spark of Infinite Light, within all things, which is the true being, true essence and nature of all things. ‘Calling out the light from within darkness,’ this is ‘making holy.’ Contemplate this well, and understand!

This actualization and realization of our divine potential, divine nature, does indeed depend upon the generation of the Presence of Awareness, without which there can be no recognition and realization of the divinity that is in us.

In closing I will share an open secret among gnostics. ‘Virgin Mother,’ ‘Virgin of Light,’ these names of the Holy Mother indicate the interior of the Mother, and likewise this truth, reality, of the inwardness of all things, all creatures, as they are in the Infinite and Eternal One; hence, the ‘Great Natural Perfection’ which is the foundation of all creation and creatures - all being in the Holy One.

These are a few insights sparked today by your contemplation. Praise Ma!

May God Most High gift us with understanding, and may true wisdom dawn - enlightenment and liberation! Amen.

Imma-Kallah Shalom!
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