Professor Alexander Dugin
The question is not "Is it posible to Man become God?" in Judaism, but "Is it posssible to Man become God" in non-heretical Judaism.
I suppose that understanding of orthodoxy is very different in chassidism, in sabbataism and in exoterical Judaism. Esoterism of all religions is based on the expression "Man is sleeping God", "the World is sleeping (or occultated) Godhead". Jewish esoterism is alike and in this assertion there is nothing properly Jewish, it is universal. But the Judaism is the only religion that in its exoteric part explicitely refuses this ultimate identity between Man (world) and God. It is the essence of abrahamic attitude toward God. The same creationist idea was accepted by Chistian Tradition but as realistic constatation destinated to be transcended, and Paulian theology is Christian esoteric way of opposing immanent transcendance of increated (born) God Jesus Christ and immanent immanence of created (in "creationist" way, as something absolute alien to God Himself) world ruled by the Mosaic Law, whose essence is the affirmation of transcendance of Transcendent. There is no shade of doubt that Qabbalistic, Hassidic and above all Sabbataist doctrine affirm the possibility of Man becoming God, but what rests to define is precisely the correct relation (and morphology of this relation) between this esoteric doctrine and particularity of Jewish exoterism.
May be I am wrong, but as long as I see the claim to be elected people from the part of the jews is based on the idea that only this people was given the metaphysical Message completely different from the religions of gentiles (but the religions of Gentiles were and are based on the supposition of the ultimate identity between Word, Man and Godhead). That Jewish election was based not on the particular expression of the Tradition, but on the essence of this Tradition that had no analogies in other peoples religions.
The Jewish esoterism should anyhow resolve this paradox, because, affirming the possibility for Man to become God, it tears itself apart from the reality what is foundamental for judaism as very particular tradition among others. Sabbataism and Frankism were two extreme cases of antinomistic decision of this problem. The Holy Apostasy, it is key conception. Accomplishing Apostasy Sabbatai Zevi transcended the limits of exoteric judaism, and affirm the possibilty to Man to become God in very special in some way post-judaic spiritual form. The esentail point was act of breaking with the idea of world beeing made from nothing. The World of nothing was the conception of thoughtless lights. That was their teaching. The increated Light from Azilut world has entered in battle against the klippotic shells, klippotic for the very reason that they pretended to be no more than nothing, "shema". That was Sabbatai Zevi light. He was collector of sparks, and the source of raising of new prophets.
Humbly in sparks...
That seems to me to be the most interesting point in all this (all the rest are details).
Yakov Leib comments:
Professor Dugin makes an important point here with which I tend to agree. If I may, perhaps this will clarify further the situation:
Although the possibility of union with God is not stated expressly in "rabbinic" Judaism -- and even appears to be anathama to it -- the SEEDS of such a conception are contained therein. These "seeds" begin to flower in the statements of the early Kabbalists and reach their fruition with Sabbatai Zevi (actually, Nathan of Gaza) who, as Prof. Dugin rightly points out, breaks Judaism (and, indeed, Islam as well) free of its doctrinal confines. It later fell to the Baal Shem Tov, and those who came after, to return the radical, antinomian doctrines of Sabbatian Kabblah to a more centrist point of view in their populist form of mysticism called, "Hassidism." Martin Buber traces these lines of development brilliantly in two little books published by Horizon Press in 1958: Origin and Meaning of Hasidism and Hasidism and ModernMan.
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About the authors:
Professor Alexander Dugin is an occultist and mystic of the Guenon Traditionalist orientation. He is opposed to the Western secular materialistic society, and an advocate of the traditional values of Euroasian civilization. His web site is called Arctogaia, meaning
The North Land, refering to a mythical polar continent and spiritual axis.
Yakov Leib haKohain is a Jewish poet, author, teacher and Sabbatian Kabbalist. He holds a doctorate in Jungian Studies and Comparative Religion, and his poetry and essays have appeared in a number of literary magazines and scholarly journals. He is founder and moderator of the Donmeh West forum
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