A fragment from The Weaving of Eve, The Lost Books of Chava, Mother of all Life
As received by Kohenet Ketzirah HaM’agelet (16 Tamuz, 5776) with minor edits in Tishrei 5781
In the garden, at the moment puberty, Chava (חַוָה), who some call “Eve,” was gifted with the opportunity to make the first decision in human history – choose wisdom, and awake, or choose innocence and a eternal life.
Chava chose to wake to wisdom, and in that moment she brought the turning of time into the world. Because Chava had brought the awakening into the world, she and Adam had to leave paradise, the place of eternal innocence, to which there is no return. And the Shekhinah (שְׁכִינָה), the Holy Presence, traveled with her.
Along with her three sons, Chava also had four daughters that she hid from the world to protect them from Cain. Shekhinah instructed Chava to create a great tent of cloth dyed with Tolaat (תוֹלַעַת) – Worm Scarlet. The red tent was to be forever a sacred place of womxn only, and in that place Chava hid her daughters from the world to be raised by the Shekhinah, whom they called Imah Ilaah (אמא עילאה), and taught them secret ways of womxn.
In the tent, Imah Ilaah, showed Chava and her four daughters, Mayim (מַיִם), Aish (אֵשׁ), Ruach (רוּחַ), Afar (עָפָר); the way of the Great Weaver and the twelve paths of Shekhinah. Each month when Chava would rejoin her daughters in the red tent, the women would create great tallit (טַלִית), to be used as swaddling, prayer shawls, wedding canopies, and death shrouds, that were to be passed down the line of each sister. Each had her own gifts – one knew the way of shearing, carding, and spinning; another the way of weaving yarn into cloth; a third dyeing and embroidering; and the last the tying of knots and Tzitzit (צִיצִית).
Each gift is beautiful and special on its own – but brought together with its sisters is able to find it’s true power.
One day, as Chava and her daughters were creating tallitot, they heard sounds outside the tent that they had never heard before, and the Queen of the Night appeared at the door. Everyone was afraid because Lilith (לִילִית) had not been seen since she fled the garden – long before the Chava’s awaking, but Lilith spoke and said, “do not be afraid sisters, I mean you no harm; if you show me the respect your father denied me. Like Shekhinah, I too have gifts to offer you – if you will receive them.”
Chava and her daughters stood silently in fear until Ruach, spoke up said, “how can we refuse gifts offered in love. If you swear to respect us, we will respect you.”
Lilith, Queen of the Night, was touched and pleased by the brave spirit of Ruach, and said, “your mothers have raised you well. I will teach how to use Kol Isha (קוֹל אִשָׁה)- the powerful voice of a woman.”
The first gift Lilith gave to Chava and her daughters was that of drumming and song in honor of Ruach. She taught them how to express the rhythms of life, find the melodies of the soul, and how to know the words to move the heart. And later when Ruach had children of her own, Lilith, Queen of the Night and Shekhinah, taught them drum making and musical notation, so they could better share these gifts with the world.
This is why women everywhere sing when they gather in collective, collaborative work. It is one of the signs of their respect to the Queen of the Night, who protects those who respect her gifts and power. And why, to this day, some men fear Kol Isha, voice of woman, because it reminds them of the first sin of the first man – treating a woman with disrespect.
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Midrash based on B’resheit (Genesis) 1:1-6:4 and Shemot (Exodus) Rabbah 15:22
We need to tell better stories. The interpretations of ancient tales have skewed perceptions of women for millennia. The myth of “original sin” by Eve (whose name isn’t even Eve) for example.
I’ve been opening myself up to receive new interpretations, and this what I received.