Read Chapter 8: Yihudim–Unifications in The Hebrew Goddess, by Raphael Patai.  Copy and paste the following questions to a new e-mail, answer them, then send to the Mystery School with the following subject line: Heb Gds 8 from _______ (your magikal name).

1. What does “yihud” mean?

2. What are the four types of rituals in which the yihudim are used?

3. What personas are united by the yihudim?

4. What is the greatest theological weakness, and the greatest psychological strength, of Jewish mysticism? Sum up in a sentence or two, using your own words.

5. What is “kavvana”?

6. What are the two halves of the divine name?

7. When were the yihudim removed from the prayer books of some communities of Central and Eastern Europe?

8. For whom is the mystical adept a merkava?

9. Who represents the slave or handmaid?

10. Look up the following Jewish terms and describe them briefly. These terms are used throughout this chapter and in the rest of the book, so if you’re not familiar with them, it will be very confusing! Check out a dictionary(online or otherwise) if you’re not sure.

a. Hasidim:

b. Sephardi:

c. Ashkenazi:

d. Reform, Conservative, Orthodox

e. Kabbalist

11. T/F A dibbuq is a demon.

12. What was the Haskala?

13. The _______________ mind has an uncanny capacity to remain unaware of_______________ _________________ inherent in its _______________.

Presvytera Deborah writes:  “Personal note here: this last sentence is worth the price of admission here. Really good stuff, and very Jungian too!”

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