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The Symbolism of the Gospel of Yakov Leib Frank

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Jacob Frank
Jacob Frank 
 
Regarding "The Gospel of Yakov Leib Frank" (actually titled "Book of the Words of the Lord"), Gershom Scholem says it is "perhaps the most remarkable 'holy writ' which has ever been produced." (Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, 1960, p. 317).Following is a partial description of it's deep symbolism.

Frank was a student of "The Second," Rebbe Berechiah, with whom he studied not only Nathan of Gaza's Sabbatian theology (as radicalized by Berechiah), but also the Holy Zohar. To a large extent, Frank returned to the Pre-Sabbatian position that the Zohar was, indeed, more "holy" than even the Talmud, which he rejected outright and even debated against in public under the auspices of the Catholic Church and to the horror of more traditional Jewish mystics of the time, including the
Baal Shem Tov.

Consequently, the symbolism of Frank's Kabbalah is, for the most part, taken from the Sefir HaZohar -- particularly the Partsufim ["hidden personalities"] of the Ten Sefiroth -- and covered over with his own unique languge. Thus, we see at least four primary archetypes alluded to in his doctrines:

 
The Holy One Blessed Is He (= The God of Israel, Sefirah Tiferet, or Partsuf Malka Kadisha) 
Big Brother (= The Deius Absconditus, Sefirah Keter, or Partsuf Atika Kadisha) 
The Maiden (= Sefirot Binah and Malkuth, the Partsufim "Upper" and "Fallen Maiden," respectively. 
Edom/Esau/Seir (= Christianity/the Catholic Church)
 

Much of Frank's concerns were based on achieving union with "The Maiden" and, thereby, "raising her up from the dust" of the Sefirotic "World of Assiah" or mundane creation. To this end he prescribed various Tiqqunim, most of which centered around the worship of his daughter whom he claimed was the Incarnation of "The Matrona" or feminine aspect of the Godhead -- that is, "The Maiden." Of this he says, "Everything the Fathers did, they did only to draw near to the Shekhina [= Sefirah Malkuth, or Partsuf Exiled Bride] on whom the whole world depends, and who defends from all evil. The Fathers and Mothers, peace be upon them, were worthy of the real inspiration of the Shekhina, and I will make Tikkun for you, too, and enter you under Her wings." He also said, "You were not worthy to understand when I said to you, 'I will show you God;' for first you must see the Virgin [= Sefirah Malkuth] because she is the Gate to God, and through Her one enters in to God."

In his references to "joining Esau" (i.e., Holy Apostasy of the Jews to the Catholic Church) Frank is alluding to a rather remarkable passage from Genesis: "So that day, Esau resumed his journey to Seir [where Jacob had promised to meet him]; but Jacob left for Succoth." (Gen.33:12-17) That is, the Tiqqun of the twin brothers Jacob (i.e., the Jews) and Esau (i.e., the Gentiles) never took place as God has intended because the former did not keep his promise to meet the latter in Seir, the Gentile Realm of the Holy Sparks. Had this reunion taken place - ON GENTILE GROUND (ie. Seir) - the YH (Jacob) that had split away from the VH (Esau) at the moment of mundane creation would have been reunited and "in that day God will be one and His Name will be one." (Jewish liturgy.) Thus, what Sabbatai began by converting to Islam, Frank continued by bringing his 13,000 disciples into mass conversion to the Catholic Church.
 
 

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