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Ap. 10-B: The Search for The Holy Grail

19.02.2018 19:36
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Ap. 10-B: The Search for The Holy Grail

The issue of the search for “The Holy Grail” or Graal - in Hebrew Gavi’ - has been analyzed a great deal. It is certainly a feminine symbol and a symbol of fertility. Ultimately, the Grail is a symbol of the Shekhinah, the feminine side of the Godhead, through which comes livelihood to the world.

A brief survey of cultural-religious history brings at least two occasions where this combination, of the table and the cup, has a great symbolic value. At the close of the 2nd Temple period, Jesus arranged a Passover meal for his disciple, which was eventually called “The Last Supper” and is considered as one of the most decisive events in the Christian narrative. In the course of that meal there was an important role for the table – the disciples argued about the sitting order around the table – and also for the cup – it allowed Jesus to offer to his disciple “to drink his blood” and to unite with him in this manner. This event was the origin to the most important ritual in Catholic Christianity – the Eucharist.

It is quite conceivable that, in the course of the development of his messianic self-conception, Jesus son of Joseph of Nazareth has identified with the role of the “Messiah son of Yosef”. In other words, the future relationship between Judaism and Christianity are already enfolded inthe mike portion, and the intermediaries are the Ten Tribes who went down to Egypt and were accused by the ruler of the land as being spies

The Holy Grail, as well as the Round Table around which sat the Twelve, eventually served Medieval European story-tellers. In the wake of the Crusades, many legendary romances began to appear in Europe about the Knights of the Round Table who are looking for the lost holy chalice, called "Grail” or “Graal”, that only whose return will bring back fertility to the kingdom. Major among these tales are those about King Arthur and his Twelve Knights, tales that became the British national myth. Many achievements are attributed to King Arthur, the legendary ruler of Albion-England, and mainly the bringing the recalcitrant knights and local kings of his day to his famous Round Table, in order to found a realm based on justice and law and not on power and personal caprice of the rulers.

The 12th century French poet Chretien (which literally means "Messianic") of Troyes (earlier the home of the most important Jewish Biblical commentator Rashi, and of Hugues de Payens, the founder of the Knights Templar) was the first to deal with the motif of the Holy Grail and bring it to the fore of European literature. Soon after the publication of his five opuses, the most important of which was "Percival or the Story of the Graal", Grail stories began to appear all across Europe. Within a few decades there were composed about a dozen of major poetic epics about twelve Knights of the Round Table. A recurrent motif is the twelve knights, none more important than another, as they sit by a round table. They are the knights of the ailing Fisher King, whose land became a wasteland because of the unanswered riddle of the Grail and they go on an adventure to regain the Grail.

The saga of the Grail had to pass a process of Christian conversion to be received in Medieval Europe. This Christian face was provided by another representative of Troyes – Saint Bernard of Clairvoux, the head of the Cistercian monastic order, and the chief propagandist for the Second Crusade. who made the queen of France, Leonore of Aquitain, patron of the Troubadours, to lead in the 2nd crusade. His monks united the myth of the Holy Grail with the Christian story about the cup of Jesus. The mysterious Graal of the Pagan legend became the chalice that gathered the blood of the crucified Christ – and also somehow the cup of the Last Supper.

The "Fisher King" of the European Grail legends, like Par'h and Yosef before him, also brought in a young knight to his castle in order to solve his riddle; his country was also about to face famine. The difference is that Yosef knew how to ask and how to answer, and thus Egypt was saved.

Through the understanding of "the Last Supper" and hidden patterns and events of the Arthurian Court, we may better understand the redemptive plan that Yosef presented to his brothers through the magic acts of the table and the cup:

Yosef sat his brothers who came "to take a piece of bread" - "the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth" - eleven by the table of the twelve. The table was lacking one – because Yosef himself sat alone, as if "on the fence" (apparently by keeping to the Hebrew dietary laws).

The place of Binyamin was a specially charged place: in the legendary round table of the Twelve Knights there was one seat, "the Perilous Seat”, which was kept for the master of the quest, the one who could find the Holy Grail, whereas for the unfit candidate it would bring trouble. This – according to the Christian tradition – was the place of Judas Iscariot. Judas Iscariot is the one destined, at his peril, to seem to betray[1] and sell Jesus for pieces of silver. Binyamin was put up, at his peril, to appear as betrayer of Yosef'strust. After they left Egypt, the stolen treasure, the diviningcup of Yosef, will be found in his sack.

Jesus knew of Judas' betrayal before Judas knew of it. Yosef designed the "betrayal" of Binyamin before Binyamin had any notion of it. The cup that was planted in his sack unwillingly made him into the cup-bearing knight, returned him and his brothers to Egypt, brought about the reappearance of Yosef before his brothers, and created a re-union of the twelve brother-tribes of the Children of Israel.

But the brothers did not know that the Egyptian ruler that they met was their lost brother, and certainly they did not know – as they were not the masters of the divining cup – what the future holds for them.

Sitting at Yosef's table was the beginning of the process of regulating the relationships among the Tribes of Israel and the reconciliation of their contentions. The ultimate question was: To which table would Yosef belong, to the Egyptian table or to the Israelite table? Will Yosef be added and complete the Israelite Round Table to twelve, and thereby also integrate and complete himself, or sit at the head of the Egyptian table untill he becomes there a slave again? Two tables for twelve persons, in each one an empty seat - the perilous seat – waited for him.

When Ya'aqov called his sons in the sequel, before his death, to gather around him, he also created a circle, something like a round table in which his departing soul ascended at the center and the portions dealt around the table were the heavenly and earthly blessings that the tribes inherit from him, each according to his birthrights and according to his (mis)deeds. (In the last portion - vaYei – we shall examine the array of the tribes in detail.)

When Moshe would come to array the tribes at their camps, around the Tent of Testimony, he would be able to array the tribes in a new order, which is their essential inner order. It was not by order of birth, but a balanced expression of their different and complementary dispositions. The Tabernacle is the common container, designed to draw unto it the Heavenly Torah, the testimonies of the laws and judgments, and direct them in twelve directions.



[1] There is a whole book about the mysteries of "The Judas Code" by this author: Yitzhaq Hayut-Man, "The Truth about Judas – Mysteries of the Judas Code revealed", Waterside Publications, 2007. Three reviews of the book at www.global-report.com/thehope/?l=en&a=86.

 



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