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Sanctuary of the Divine Presence

Hebraic Teachings on Initiation and Illumination

Kabbalistic initiatory teachings for becoming a vessel for illumination, prophecy, and peace by creating an inner dwelling place for God’s divine presence

• Reveals practices for self mastery and revelation based on the holy design of the first Hebrew Sanctuary, the lives of the Hebrew Prophets, and the Tree of Life

• Shows how the Tree of Life’s ten sefirot correspond to the Torah’s prophetic Ten Songs of Creation; to alchemical ritual practices of fire, water, air, and earth; and to specific parts of the body, emotions, and aspects of the soul

Many synagogues and churches, including the First and Second Temples of the Hebrews, follow an archetypal design first used in the Ohel Moed, or Tent of Meeting, and its sacred Tabernacle, which housed the Ark of the Covenant and the Ten Commandments. Drawing from a wealth of sources including the Hebrew Bible, the oral Mishnaic tradition of Judaism, and 16th-century Judaic texts, Zohara Hieronimus explains how, like the Ohel Moed, we are designed to receive and reflect the divine qualities of the Creator.

Exploring the kabbalistic initiatory teachings within the Chassidic tradition of Judaism and the lives and writings of the Hebrew prophets, she reveals how our physical and spiritual worlds are not separate but interdependent, one affecting the other, often in unexpected and sometimes miraculous ways. Examining the ten-part system of Kabbalah’s Tree of Life as reflected in the holy design of the Hebrews’ first Sanctuary, Hieronimus shows how the Tree of Life’s ten sefirot correspond to the Torah’s prophetic Ten Songs of Creation; to alchemical ritual practices of fire, water, air, and earth; and to specific parts of the body, emotions, and aspects of the soul. Starting from Malchut (Kingdom) at the bottom of the Tree of Life and ascending to Keter (Crown) at the top, the author discusses related biblical and scholarly texts and traditional Hebrew practices and teachings that can lead to spiritual enlightenment, illumination, and peace, allowing each of us to become a sanctuary for God’s presence through self-refinement, ritual devotion, and prayer, as practiced since biblical times.

J. Zohara Meyerhoff Hieronimus, D.H.L., author of The Sanctuary of the Divine Presence and Kabbalistic Teachings of the Female Prophets, is an award-winning radio broadcaster, social justice and environmental activist, and passionate organic gardener. She founded the Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center in Baltimore in 1984 and hosted the daily regional radio program The Zoh Show from 1992 to 2002 and the national radio program Future Talk from 2002 to 2008. She cohosts 21st Century Radio with her husband, Robert Hieronimus, and lives in Owings Mills, Maryland.

“To enter the Sanctuary of the Divine Presence is to traverse layer upon layer of ever deepening mystery. This is the temple of hidden secrets where each letter of the Hebrew alphabet is imbued with sacred meaning, where words intertwine and dance with the song of the universe, where story and metaphor render the unspeakable. Herein lies the inner sanctum of wisdom, a blueprint for enlightenment that is indispensable for all who seek to become a dwelling place for the divine.”

– Paul Rademacher, author of A Spiritual Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe, and former Executiv

“In her latest book, Zohara Meyerhoff Hieronimus has made a monumental contribution to the literature of the Kabbalah. For centuries – perhaps even for millennia – attempts to demonstrate the spiritual riches in the Kabbalah have been the prerogative of men. Now, thanks to this book, we have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of a different approach to Kabbalah that offers a more feminine vision of our relationship to God through contemplation, song and good deeds. There can be no doubt that the Wisdom of the Kabbalah, and the wisdom within the countless commentaries on this secret tradition, have both been strengthened by the contributions in this most remarkable book.”

– David Ovason, author of The Secrets of Nostradamus and The Secret Architecture of Our Nation’s

The Sanctuary of the Divine Presence is both traditional and uniquely innovative. The book’s ecumenical tone will appeal to readers of all faiths. Based on fully orthodox Hasidic sources, this work offers a personal and sorely needed feminine vision of Jewish mysticism reaching from Luria to modern Hasidism that will inspire women and men of the current and coming generations. The author’s language combines the theoretical and the embodied, and stimulates thought-provoking insights while offering practical guidance for those who seek to follow the Jewish path of universal compassion and righteousness.”

– Samuel Zinner, scholar of Abrahamic religions, Casablanca, and Morocco

“So, pick it up off the shelf of your favorite book store and read it. It won’t disappoint you as the author tries her best to help you understand deeper principles of the Hebrew prophets.”

– Frank Beckendorf, April 2012

“If you’re a student of Kabbalah it will be a welcome addition to your library. If you’re curious about the ancient roots of modern Jewish/Christian religion, there is also much here to interest you. For those following their inner voice along the path of the hidden wisdom, the text holds many keys to open initiatory doors along your way. Thank you, Ms. Hieronimus. I look forward to your next offering.”

– Inannaworks April 2012

“Both traditional and deeply innovative, Sanctuary of the Divine Presence is a glimpse of a different approach to Kabbalah: a more feminine vision of our relationship to God through contemplation, song, and good deeds. It offers practical guidance for those who seek to follow the Jewish path of universal compassion.”

– Branches of Light, October 2012

Sanctuary of the Divine Presence is a penetrating journey into one of the richest spiritual traditions that exists. If you have ever felt the tug of the transcendent, this book will be both fascinating and rewarding.”

– Larry Dossey, MD, author of Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words

Sanctuary of the Divine Presence is an extraordinary book that captures the essence and magic of ancient sacred wisdom and offers those invaluable treasures to spiritual seekers and practitioners everywhere... This is a book that inspires us to know our whole lives as Mishkan, as dwelling place for The Divine Mystery.”

– Rabbi Shefa Gold, author of Torah Journeys: The Inner Path to the Promised Land

“This is a major piece of literature in the Jewish canon…”

– Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Saybrook University

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