|Maggid ben Yoseif / Jerusalem Torah Voice in Exile|
16 Iyar 5766 / May 14, 2006
Esoteric evidence of M'nashe-Chicano identity
From a mystical view, the blessings of Joseph (SEE Messianic vision and the Return of M'nashe) are linked to the head t'fillin. The mystic sages of Torah wrote that a means to expedite one's remembrance of the way back to the Creator and back to the everlasting commands of Torah given to all of Israel is the practice of laying head t'fillin or phyllacteries. Remembrance would be important to M'nashe, whose name comes from the verb "to forget."
These small leather boxes containing passages of the Torah written on parchment are tied in place over a certain region of the head called the kadkod. The Hopi ancestors of the Chicano now returning to the American Southwest also have a tradition related to the same area of the head. They call this region the kopavi or "open door" through which the Hopi received his life and communicated with his Creator before his birth and which continues to vibrate with spiritual energy throughout his life. Ma'asau, the ruling spirit prince over the Americas, according to Hopi prophesies, directed the Hopi to be led by vibrations from their kopavi on all of their journeys.
The religious Jewish community curiously refers to the head covering worn by men and boys as kipas.
A common origin
The Hopi call their place of origin in an "earlier world," by the name, Tuwanisavi or Center of the Universe. The mystic sages of the Torah also refer to Jerusalem in the Old World as the Center and Eye of the Universe. The last Hopi chief at Third Mesa in Old Oraibi, Arizona, revealed part of a sod gadol (great secret) to his people on his deathbed. According to the testimony of his three daughters and his grandson, Chief Mike Gashwarzi told his family that the origin of some Hopi clans was Jerusalem.
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