By
Reb Yakov Leib HaKohain, Founder & Spiritual Director
DONMEH WEST


1. In Smyrna, I had a dream: I stood at the Gates of a Palace, you know the one I mean, and the Gatekeeper said to me, "Wipe your feet before you enter," and pointed to a Tallis [prayer shawl] lying on the ground. "God forbid!" I cried and picked it up, and clutched it to my heart, and ran with it through many streets, offering it to every Jew and Gentile I met along the way.

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2. I'm told there's a Gemara [Talmudic Commentary] that says: "A pile of palm-fronds are muksa [untouchable] on Shabbat. But if, before Shabbat begins, one says, 'These palm-fronds are not muksa to me,' then one may use them even as a couch to rest upon." What does this saying mean? That by his kavanah [mystical intention] one can make forbidden things acceptable. This is why The-First-Who-Came [Sabbatai Zevi] said this brocha [blessing] over the fat of the lamb's kidney: "Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, who makest the Forbidden Things permissible."

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3. The Rabbis of this city don't want you to know that a Torah Commandment can be fulfilled by breaking it. But I, an ignoramus in your eyes, reveal to you what they keep hidden: To eat an almond, you must crack its shell.

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4. [A DISCIPLE ASKS HIM:] "Is it true that Mashiach [the Messiah] will come in a generation that is either wholly good or wholly evil?"
"Yes."
"Then which direction should we take?"
"The Evil Inclination is the Mother of the King; but Holiness will be the first to greet Him when He rises from the dust."

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5. When I was a boy I read a Midrash [explanation of Scripture] that says: Because the dogs of Egypt did not bark when the Children of Israel fled to the desert, God rewarded them with the unkosher hind-quarters of cattle. Therefore, when a person who eats unkosher meat dies, he is met at the Gates of Heaven by dogs who say, "You may not enter because you ate our portion." What does this mean? That from the lowest to the highest there is Soul.

Otherwise, how could dogs be standing at the Gates of Heaven? From this we learn why The First [Sabbatai Zevi] entered into the Maw of Samael [Satan], and why I will lead you to the Place of Esau.

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6. A Jew once saw me eating pork. "What are you doing!" he cried. I answered, "Here, too, are Holy Sparks, yearning to return from whence they came. If I don't lift them up, will you?"

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7. Can only a Jew raise up the Fallen Sparks? No more than only a carpenter can saw a piece of wood.

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8. You ask me why I sat on the Torah-Scroll in Salonika. Because the Holy One, blessed be He, commanded me to show the world how they shit on His Beloved Bride.

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9. My mother tells me I had this dream: I was in a great hall, filled with emissaries from every nation, all dressed in their native dress. Each was shouting at the other, "I am Jacob, you are Esau!" So I leapt up onto the podium and began sorting them, "You, to the left; you, to the right!" until I separated the Holy Sparks from their Evil Shells, just as the Christian [i.e., Jesus] had done before me.

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10. On his death-bed, the Holy Second, Baruchia, asked me, "And those whom God loves?"
"He afflicts with suffering," I answered.
"Well answered. But those whom He hates?"
"The Prophet says, 'Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated'."
"And the descendants of Jacob?"
"Every hand is turned against them."
"And those of Esau?"
"They wear fine robes and swords on their belts, and every man calls them Lord."
"Again, well answered, Yankif Leib. Go, then, and become a Gentile. Save the Jews from the curse of God's love, and receive the blessings of His hatred."

 



BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES:
| Sabbatai Zevi | Jacob Frank | Reb Yakov Leib HaKohain |
| A Critical Re-Assessment of Sabbatai Zevi |
| Reb Yakov Leib HaKohain's Professions of a Holy Sinner |
AUDIO LECTURES ON NEO-SABBATIAN KABBALAH BY REB YAKOV LEIB HAKOHAIN:
| The Zohar | Vedanta & Kabbalah | The Gnostic Gospel of Thomas |
| The Sponataneous Jesus Lectures | The Holy Qur'an |
| Special Topics |
ESSENTIAL PRINCIPLES OF "YALHAKIAN" NEO-SABBATIAN KABBALAH:
| Knowing the Unknowable |
| A Brief Note on Enlightenment |
| A Neo-Sabbatian Discourse on the Son of God |
| A Primer of "Yalhakian" Neo-Sabbatian Kabbalah |
| Participating in the Continuing Incarnation of God |
| Sabbatai Zevi's 'God of the Faith' | Evolution of the Ego |
| Two Torahs of Kabbalah: Torah D'Atziluth & Torah D'Beriah |
| On the Limits of Antinomianism | The Transformation of God |
| Commentary on the 13th Century "Treatise on the Left Emanation" |
| A Selection of Neo-Sabbatian Quotations Culled from Various Sources |
KABBALISTIC WRITINGS OF REB YAKOV LEIB HAKOHAIN:
| Commentaries on Rabbi Azriel of Gerona's 12th Century Text, "Explanation of the Ten Sefirot" |
| Kabbalistic Genetics of the Holy Seed & Reclaiming the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel |
| A Commentary on the Book of Job | Kabbalah and the Interpretation of Dreams |
| To Die for the People: A Kabbalistic Reinterpretation of the Crucifixion of Jesus |
| The Shemot Shel Katzar Tikkunim: Revealing the Concealed Names of God |
| The Christian Myth of Melchizedek vs. Hereditary Jewish Priesthood |
| The Apocrypha of Jacob Frank | The Tikkun of Raising Animals |
| Appointment in Smyrna: A Neo-Sabbatian Odyssey |
| Sabbatai Zevi and the Mystery of the Red Heifer |
| The Kabbalah of the Hindu Mantra "OM" |
| The Mystery of the Middle Column |
| The Hidden Structures of Water |
| Exegesis on the Rod of Aaron |
| Book of Silence |
POETRY OF REB YAKOV LEIB HAKOHAIN:
|YaLHaK's Garden of Neo-Sabbatian Verses|
ROADMAPS TO GOD:
| Ten Sefirot of Jewish Kabbalah | Sufi Lion of Bektashi Islam |
| Mandala of Tibetian Buddhism | Seven Chakras of Tantric Hinduism |
| Ox-Herding Pictures of Zen Buddhism | Rosarium Pictures of Christian Alchemy |
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