Kabbalah Adam Kadmon image should be female sefirah sphere or bigender upright couple

In biblical days, Israel recognized and revered woman like Miriam (Exodus 15:20) and Huldah (2 Kings 22 and 2 Chronicles 34) as God’s prophets. It was evident to all then, that the bigendered creature created by God; “So God created Adam (Kadmon) in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27) was the primordial Adam Kadmon.

In post biblical days, when Israel’s all male rabbis thought about Adam Kadmon, they pictured a solo male figure standing upright, and not a face to face supine male and prone female couple figure like that indicated by Genesis 1:27. Most Kabbalists used the solo male standing upright ladder like image; rather than the non hierarchical, concentric spheres form of the radiating and expanding sefirot.

Today’s mystics, aided by Jewish feminists, should switch to the egalitarian concentric radiating and expanding spheres, or the supine/prone couple shape, to enable us to make progress in spreading advanced Jewish teachings.

In recent generations many Kabbalists (especially Chabad) have started calling the first sefirah da’at instead of keter because they think Sefirot are a chain of command starting with “concept” (chochmah) and finishing with implementation ‘malchut’.

However, “concept/idea” is not the real beginning of human action. The real beginning is; will, need or desire. The real root of both human action, and even thought/reason, is our desire for love, power, life, knowledge, security, sex, wealth, excitement or a dozen other motivations. That will or desire is sefirah keter.

For those Kabbalists who are not enthralled by reason and analysis, and give a greater weight to intuition, keter definitely is primary and is the source of all the other sefirot, and should always appear as the first sefirah. This is especially true for our generation, which has been blessed to be the first generation with female rabbis and female Kabbalists: “He placed keter malchut- the crown of the kingdom on her head. (Esther 2:17)

I myself prefer the image of the Adam Kadmon display of the ten sefirot to be an upright male/female couple, or a sefirah sphere couple, or a best of all a bigender couple male supine-female prone couple shape, because it makes it easier to depict the Merkavah-Shekinah relationship of a committed, loving, married couple covenant; as described in the Song of Songs (2:1-3:4) rather than the vertical palm tree image of the Song of Songs 7:1-11.

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About the Author
Rabbi Allen S. Maller has published over 850 articles on Jewish values in over a dozen Christian, Jewish, and Muslim magazines and web sites. Rabbi Maller is the author of "Tikunay Nefashot," a spiritually meaningful High Holy Day Machzor, two books of children's short stories, and a popular account of Jewish Mysticism entitled, "God, Sex and Kabbalah." His most recent books are "Judaism and Islam as Synergistic Monotheisms' and "Which Religion Is Right For You?: A 21st Century Kuzari" both available on Amazon.
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