I’m creating this space as a place to vent my thoughts. I feel like I have something unique to share, but I don’t know where it goes.
I’ve been on Jewish Witchcraft mailing lists where people mostly seem interested in proving that Judaism is really a polytheistic religion. They can’t seem to get it through their heads that “celebrates the cycles of the nature” does not mean the same thing as “worships many gods.”
I’m not a polytheist. I’m not interested in Lilith. Therefore, most places called “Magickal Judaism” or “Jewish Witchcraft” are mostly filled with posts I can’t relate to.
I’ve been on Orthodox mailing lists, too. I like hallacha as much as the next Orthodox Jewish person, but these are mostly places where people like me ask questions, and Rabbis tell us what to do. That’s great, but I want to talk about my spirituality.
I want to talk about the dark side of Judaism as it actually is. I want to talk about Jewish spiritual eroticism, Jewish ecstatic practice, and Jewish folk magic. These things exist. They exist in Rabbinic Judaism. They exist without Lilith or Astarte or Baal or Ashera or whatever Canaanite deity it is you think you have to worship to make magic work.
The dark side of Judaism is more interesting, by far, than goddess worship or invoking plural deities. It is a terrifying place where the awesomely powerful Deity who stands toe-to-toe with the Creator of All is you.